Editor's Note: the Following Homily Was Delivered during the Holy Hour and Benediction at the First Knights of Columbus Eucharistic Congress in Washington, D.C., June 22, 2002
Contemplate the Face of Christ: When We Make Christ the Center of Our Lives, We See His Face Shining in the Faces of Those around Us

By William F. Murphy
Kansas City Star [Los Angeles CA]
Downloaded June 13, 2003

THE first chapter of the Acts of the Apostles offers us five essential characteristics of who we are as Church. The first of these is "community." We are a community of faith because we have been called by Christ to be united to him and in him. Thus made one by him, we are with him as head, one body, one conversion of life and love.

It is clear from the one who makes us who we are, that the Church is not some social organization nor are we just members of some humanly founded social group. We did not found the Church. Christ did. We did not establish how to be part of the Church. Christ did. And we do not determine what makes us loyal, faithful Catholics. Christ does.


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