Always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you the reason for the hope that is in you, but do so with gentleness and reverence.”
cf. 1 Peter 3:15-16
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QUESTION OR COMMON OBJECTION:
Why do I have to listen to the Church? God gave me free will to make my own choices.
Jesus established his church on earth and gave the apostles and their successors – the bishops – authority to teach in his name. To listen to the Church is to listen to Jesus. We would be wise to follow his voice.
He who hears you hears me, and he who rejects you rejects me, and he who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”
Free will is a wonderful gift from God. It comes with great responsibility. The Church is also a wonderful gift from God. The Church helps us learn how to use our free will correctly, so that we can be happy both on earth and in heaven.
Other References: Mt 10:40, 16:18-19, 18:17-20; Lk 10:16; 1 Tim 3:15; CCC 87, 860-870
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Let us pray.
Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you.”
Saint John Paul II, pope
Jesus, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life (cf. John 6:68).
Be not afraid! And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always. Holy Family, pray for us. Amen.