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The Church Founded by Jesus

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The 9thPREX National Convention held at the Colegio San Agustin-Biñan from May 13-14, 2006 was concluded today. It had the theme that most Catholics take for granted, “The Church Founded By Jesus”.

I did not attend the Convention but it was one of the things I had at heart during these past days. We organized an hourly prayer vigil for the intentions of the Convention last Saturday (May 13). The text used for the vigil was composed for the occasion (though we hope to use it for another PREX-related activity). Though Saturday was stormy (Typhoon Caloy, you see), the prayer vigil went on as scheduled from 7AM to 6PM.

Our PREX Secretariat lead couple (Mr. and Mrs. Noli Santos) came this evening with PREX TShirts from the Convention (see pic above). The t-shirt looked good; it has the picture of the Lord giving the keys of the kingdom to Peter with an angel looking on. The theme of the image is of course from Talk No. 2 of the renewal course and inspired by the Confession of Peter in Matthew. How the theme of the convention was derived from Talk No. 2 is a matter of course: the spirit of the talk is underline the fact that the Church founded by Jesus Christ is the Catholic Church.

That the theme has become relevant today is due to the growing indifference of Filipino Catholics to the historical truth that the Church of Jesus Christ subsists in the Catholic Church. Vatican II has used the word subsist because the Catholic Church we see — the militant church — is not the whole Church, the Body of Christ. There still is the “suffering church” (those who are in a state of purification) and the “church of glory” (the one in heaven who intercede for those pilgrimaging on earth).

The confusion arising from the fact that (a) there are many churches calling themselves “Christian” and (b) the pacificatory approach of the Catholic Church towards such groups have led the average Catholic to think that belonging to the REAL Church doesn’t matter. I have also pointed out in a blog that Filipinos have become tolerant to “imitations” because they have been conditioned to think (perhaps due to poverty?) that “inauthentic” (in Filipino, “palso”) is alright so long as it is with good taste or if it is acceptable to others.

I hope that the Convention would bear fruit and help more Catholics know that theirs is the historic Church founded by Jesus Christ.

Originally posted 2006-05-15 21:49:52. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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