Wednesday, February 06, 2008
One of my favourite teaching tools, the Baltimore Catechism, states that no one can be saved except by being united to the Catholic Church. Now that's something we all know, and that is why we are Catholics. But it goes on to say, "The Catholic faith is like Noah's Ark which saved men from the flood. Only through Christ and His Mystical Body can men be saved. They must be either in the Ark of the Church or hanging on to the ropes which trail from the sides."
It goes on to explain that it is possible for non-Catholics to be saved if, through no fault of their own, they do not know the Catholic Church is the one true Church of Christ. By loving God and doing His will, they are united with the Catholic Church in desire, and receive grace through the Church. They are the ones hanging on to the ropes trailing over the sides of the Ship of Salvation.
It just seems so much better to inside the ship.