to “go forth, baptize, and teach allnations,” Catholics also view thechurch itself as having a role toplay in expressing God’s will in theworld. The teaching authority of thechurch, known as the magisterium,seeks to express God’s hopes forhumanity in every new generation.
9. Church is a verb.
We mentioned that “church” is notjust a building but also a people.More perfectly understood, churchis also something we do and notjust who we are. Our vocation to“be” church engages us with a worldin crying need of the presence ofChrist. And Jesus wasn’t just presentto people; he came to town and gotto work teaching, healing, blessing,and giving hope to the hopeless. Hespoke out in defense of the poor, thesuffering, and the excluded. Whenwe involve ourselves in works of justice, working to right the imbalanceof power in the world, we are “beingchurch” most profoundly.
10. We live as we believe.
Being human naturally means
making moral choices. It might
seem hard at times, but it’s not
rocket science. A Catholic moral-
ity is shaped by many principles,
including the idea that human life
belongs to God and not to us. This
is why we take a moral stand away
from abortion, capital punishment,
euthanasia, genetic engineering,
and all avoidable warfare. It’s also
why we support fidelity in mar-
riage, the welfare of children, and
public policies that lead to justice
and peace. Jesus put it succinctly:
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Crying the Gospelwith their lives
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“Love one another.” It’s still thebest moral advice there is. =
A version of this article originallyappeared in VISION 2006. RELATEDARTICLES: VocationNetwork.org, “WhatCatholics believe about Jesus,” and“On whose authority?”