"In minimis Deus maximus (God is greatest in the smallest)"

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"In minimis Deus maximus (God is greatest in the smallest)"

Post by icemint on Thu Jun 23, 2011 11:28 pm

"In minimis Deus maximus (God is greatest in the smallest)"

Whether the smallest are things or people. It was the inimitable style of our Lord, who chose to appear on earth not as emperor or a Greek sage, but as the child of a Jewish family in a small and insignificant province of the vast Roman Empire, that He chose as His first pope not the most powerful, nor the most intelligent man, but a simple fisherman from Galiliee, and that He compared the Kingdom of God with the smallest of seeds, the mustard seed.

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Never before, perhaps, had it been so important that the Vicar of Christ on earth* should be saintly, energetic and an intelligent man. But even the best dynasty in the world - and with all its failing and shortcomings that is what papacy was and more than ever is ----- is composed of men. And our Lord only promised that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church. He never promised that his vicars on earth would all be impeccable; in fact He had built His Church on a man who had shown failings and shortcomings.

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Unity will come in God's own time.

Meanwhile more storms may arise as well as more dangers. But we remember that our Lord said, at the end of the Mount, of the wise man and his house: "And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, but it did not fall, because it was founded on rock."


"FOUNDED ON A ROCK. A History of the Catholic Church"
by Louis de Wohl
(excerpts)


*Vicar of Christ on earth ( in terris vicarius Filii Dei) - is the accurate unofficial title of the Pope written in the forged medieval Donation of Constantine to refer to Saint Peter. Anti-catholics singled out "Vicarius Filii Dei" to suit to their claims against the Papacy. Some of the official titles of the Pope are "Vicar of Jesus Christ" (Vicarius Iesu Christi), "Vicar of Christ" (Vicarius Christi), "Vicar of Peter" (Vicarius Petri), and Vicar of the Prince of the Apostles" (Vicarius Principis Apostolorum).
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