Sunday, November 20, 2011

So there I was, [I'm not doing it.--ed.] reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church (we call it 'Triple C' when we want to sound cool or rebel) [Seriously, stop lying. You just made that up.--ed.] when I happened to read this:

It is precisely in the Passion, when the mercy of Christ is
about to vanquish it, that sin most clearly manifests its violence and
its many forms: unbelief, murderous hatred, shunning and mockery
by the leaders and the people, Pilate's cowardice and the
cruelty of the soldiers, Judas' betrayal - so bitter to Jesus, Peter's
denial and the disciples' flight. However, at the very hour of
darkness, the hour of the prince of this world, the sacrifice of Christ secretly becomes the source from which the forgiveness of our sins will pour forth inexhaustibly. (CCC, 1851)

Did you catch that "inexaustibly"? Can you believe it? Think on
this for a moment: The Catholic Church--that allegedly insular, legalistic
bastion of rule-making neo-Pharisees--is telling us that God loves us so
much in Christ that the forgiveness of our sins is never far away, and
never stops being offered! Sheesh, that love will get you out of bed in the morning!

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