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The Splendor of Truth
We are told by Christ to “go into the whole world and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). This command is our primal Christian duty, the seed of Holy Mother Church, directed by Christ just before His Ascension into heaven
But I have often wondered, perhaps I am alone in this, “what *is* this gospel, specifically, I am to preach? It is not ever discussed in that way, in my experience. “Evangelize the gospel”. Ok, what is it? Here is what I have come up with.
The Gospel, in short, is: The Kingdom of God is at hand; it is here, with us, on earth as in heaven. Its small narrow Gate to Life is open to His Elect.
The Kingdom of God is: Christ entered His fallen creation, suffered, died, was buried, rose again, conquered sin and death, offers eternal life to those who love Him. If you wish to live: love Jesus and His Blessed Mother, follow wherever He leads, suffer and submit just as He did. Die to this doomed world. Be alive to the next.
replace mistakes and better behavior with sins and perfection, and you get the real Gospel which the Saints of the Catholic Church and the Church Herself has always preached.
I think he got it close enough. Point being, there is no cheap mercy. It only comes through repentance and firm purpose of amendment.
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