May 16, 2009

The Catholic Identity: divine, regal, sacerdotal and prophetic

There’s a lot of talk about identity these days because, ND is giving Obama an honorary degree in Law.  Go figure.  And that’s what 70 bishops and 350,000 church-going Catholics are doing as they contacted ND and asked, “What the ?”

 Long story short, that’s just the tip of the iceberg.  Some graduates including professors are mad because this is messing up their party – their prestigious commencement.  They don’t have a clue how the award goes against everything Catholic.  And what is Catholic you might ask. 

 Catholic does what Catholic is.  And Catholic is who we chose to be when we got baptized.  Our ID or passport declares who we are and our homeland.  We are God’s adopted children.  We’re more than blue-blooded aristocrats for we have divine life in our veins.

And we're citizens of heaven and just resident aliens here.  We are kings, because we’re responsible for others including the unborn.  We are prophets, because we speak for God.  We are priests, because we relate to the living God by offering ourselves as a living sacrifice – sacrum facere  means making holy.  We are other Christs as we follow, imitate and are united with the Incarnate Son of God. 

 That is who we are.  Can you imagine what can happen when we live that out?

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