Paragraph 827

827. “Christ, ‘holy, innocent, and undefiled,’ knew nothing of sin, but came only to expiate the sins of the people. the Church, however, clasping sinners to her bosom, at once holy and always in need of purification, follows constantly the path of penance and renewal.”299All members of the Church, including her ministers, must acknowledge that they are sinners.300In everyone, the weeds of sin will still be mixed with the good wheat of the Gospel until the end of time.301Hence the Church gathers sinners already caught up in Christ’s salvation but still on the way to holiness:

The Church is therefore holy, though having sinners in her midst, because she herself has no other life but the life of grace. If they live her life, her members are sanctified; if they move away from her life, they fall into sins and disorders that prevent the radiation of her sanctity. This is why she suffers and does penance for those offenses, of which she has the power to free her children through the blood of Christ and the gift of the Holy Spirit.302

Aprofunde seus conhecimentos

465. When is a citizen forbidden to obey civil authorities?

494. What is the responsibility of civil authority in regard to chastity?

528. What is forbidden by the ninth commandment?

535. Why is there a universal call to prayer?

356. What are the main moments in funerals?

416. In what does the natural moral law consist?

470. What is forbidden by the fifth commandment?

Acesse nossos estudos biblicos:

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What does Malachi 4:1 say about the punishment of the wicked?

How important is Esther’s purpose and mission in Esther 4:14?

What does Baruch 6:2-5 teach us about the danger of trusting ourselves instead of trusting God?

Love and friendship: the importance of relationships in life (Ecc 4:9-12)

What is the story behind the miracle of Elisha’s resurrection of the Shunammite’s son in 2 Kings 4?