Saturday, August 20, 2011

"Though the church serves the mission for which it has been sent to every corner of the world, mission does not constitute the basis of the identity of the church. The church is primarily a foretaste of the eschatological assembly of the Lord, made present to the world."

"The Church is transcendent of secular institutions, so it does not compete with them. As a sign of the limits and transience of all institutions, the Church prevents every worldly claim from becoming totalitarian."

"The more of your eschatological identity you carry with you, the more you will love and come to the aid of whoever needs your help, whatever it costs you."

"Today organized social work is the responsibility of the State and is usually performed better by it. If its charity becomes managed and administered, the Church will be drive by secular imperatives and cease to love, for love must always be free."

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