CCC § 74: "God "desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth": that is, of Christ Jesus. Christ must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth."Well, I have only questions. If He didn't create us out of love, then why would he desire to call us to His Name? If He didn't love us, why would He gift us with faith and reason?
The questions are of course, rhetorical. He does love us, and love is God's essence. This blog is an attempt to share that love.
But Jesus came near and spoke to them; All authority in heaven and on earth, he said, has been given to me; 19 you, therefore, must go out, making disciples of all nations, and baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 20 teaching them to observe all the commandments which I have given you. And behold I am with you all through the days that are coming, until the consummation of the world.-Matthew 28: 18-20, Knox versionI as a Catholic have been commanded by Christ to go out and baptize in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost [Spirit]. Again, that's out of love. In today's world, the nations include those that were formerly Catholic but have fallen away, and need to be reclaimed for the Church. That is called the New Evangelization-compared with to the old, the evangelization of countries where the Gospel had never been preached- and is the emphasis of the Year of Faith. ("Evangelization" comes from the Greek euangelion and the Latin evangelium, which both mean 'Gospel.' Hence, it is the spreading of the Gospel.)
|The Book of Kells, section containing the Gospel of John; a beautiful medieval manuscript. Photo from Wikipedia|