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Saturday, January 8, 2011

Be Still, Be Quiet, Simply Come Home...

People who know nothing of God and whose lives are centered on themselves, imagine that they can only find themselves by asserting their own desires and ambitions and appetites in a struggle with the rest of the world.

They try to become real by imposing themselves on other people, by appropriating for themselves some share of the limited supply of created goods and thus emphasizing the difference between themselves and the other men who have less than they, or nothing at all.

They can only conceive one way of becoming real: cutting themselves off from other people and building a barrier of contrast and distinction between themselves and other men. They do not know that reality is to be sought not in division but in unity, for we are 'members one of another.'” - Thomas Merton

“I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice, and there will be ONE FLOCK, ONE SHEPHERD. ” (John 10:16, New American Bible)

"And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." (Matthew 16:18, Douay-Rheims Bible)

The Faith of Our Fathers
James Cardinal Gibbons, a Catholic Archbishop said, "Jesus our Lord, founded but one Church, which He was pleased to build on Peter.

Therefore, any church that does not recognize Peter as its foundation stone is not the Church of Christ, and therefore cannot stand, for it is not the work of God." (The Faith of Our Fathers, pg 82).

The apostle Paul said, "For other foundation no one can lay, but that which has been laid, which is Christ Jesus" (1 Cor. 3:11).

Chronological list of Popes at the Vatican

Statue of St Peter, Vatican City

Only the Catholic Church traces its history, its roots back to Jesus Christ and the Apostles. 

Therefore, amidst the noise, amidst the restlessness within your heart...Rome is truly sweet still, be quiet, simply listen to the whisper deep within your heart this new year...and begin your journey home.

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