In the Church, the Holy Father is infallible in matters of faith and morals. The Holy Father appoints bishops, who ordain priests and approves and establishes religious congregations. Through the pastors of the Church, all of us receive the truth of the faith, and thus there is created a unity between us here present and the Holy Father. And if we obey the pope, we obey the Lord Jesus, according to his own words addressed to Peter and the other apostles: “Whoever hears you, hears me” (Lk 10:16).
Therefore, we have the duty to assist the pope, and if we are unable to do it in other ways, let us help with prayers and good works. Let us seek to accomplish with all possible perfection and with the gift of ourselves all the actions of our daily life, even the most insignificant. Let us offer them to the Lord in sacrifice; let us elevate all that we do to a supernatural level, seeking to walk always in the presence of God.
St Raphael Kalinowski: “We have the duty to assist the pope, and if we are unable to do it in other ways, let us help with prayers and good works.”Tweet
In so doing, we shall truly belong to the soul of the Church, and therefore even the simplest things will be transformed into the sublime; our renunciations and sacrifices, made for the love of God and neighbor, will increase the holiness of the Church.
With an exemplary Christian life, keeping in mind that we Carmelites belong to the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary, let us willingly make ourselves living stones of the Church, willing servants of our brothers [and sisters] on this earth, so that we can, after our death, participate in the glory of God forever.
Saint Raphael Kalinowski
The Church Is Our Home
Conference delivered to the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order
Festivities celebrating the pontificate of Pope Leo XIII
Wadowice, Poland, 29 March 1893
St. Raphael Kalinowski: “If we obey the pope, we obey the Lord Jesus, according to his own words addressed to Peter and the other apostles: ‘Whoever hears you, hears me’ (Lk 10:16).”Tweet
Praskiewicz OCD, S 2016, Saint Raphael Kalinowski: An Introduction to his Life and Spirituality, Translated from the Polish by Coonan, T, Griffin, M & Sullivan, L, ICS Publications, Washington DC.