Reconciling All Things

The purpose and mission of this website is simple: assist in the purpose and mission of the Catholic Church.

What, though, is the purpose and mission of the Catholic Church?  The apparent simplicity of this question is betrayed by the manifold answers it receives in modern discourse.  It remains, however, a simple question to answer.  The cacophony of understandings, and the ink (digital and print) that has been spilled proliferating them have led us to a point where the God-given mission of the Church has been obscured by unnecessary obfuscation (much like this sentence).

The answer I would like to propose is not a new one, and it’s not even actually mine.  It is simple, but not easy.  It is Biblical.  It is centered on Christ, and only possible by the grace of God.  (Alas, I understand the irony of proposing an answer after proclaiming the question one that is over-answered, but I nonetheless wonder if I might allow for some clarity by returning to simplicity.)  The purpose and mission of the Church, and therefore of this website, is to reconcile all things to Christ.  Such a notion, however, begs brief explanation.

First, in truth, it’s inaccurate to say that this site will reconcile anything to Christ.  Only the grace of God can actually and effectively reconcile, but it is my hope that this site will assist the Church in re-acquainting all things with Christ, and that reconciliation will soon follow.

Second, the phrase comes from St. Paul’s first letter to the Colossians, in a beautiful 6-verse hymn on the person and mission of Jesus Christ (1:15-20).  Some translations, however, use “restore” instead of reconcile.  Admittedly, I have not taken the time to look into these different translations, but I prefer “reconcile” nonetheless, due to the relational aspect that it implies.  Any dumb object–any something–can be restored; only a relational creature–a someone–can be reconciled.  A Christology that fails to take account of the relational aspect between the Trinitarian God and Creation is a flawed one–hence “reconcile” on this page.

I am realistic about the meager amount of help that can be provided by yet another Catholic blog.  That said, I’ve seen trees of faith grow from mustard seed beginnings, and if the resources, dialogue, and ideas that arise in posts and comments here can serve to bring about a handful of those seeds, along with the means by which to nurture them, it will have been worth the effort.

Whereas complexity tends to abound in mission statements, this one will remain simple and Christocentric:

To Reconcile All Things.

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