2 John!

2 John 9

Any one who goes ahead and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God; he who abides in the doctrine has both the Father and the Son.

The Church perpetually faces two problems, those who lag behind and don’t want to go where the Spirit of Christ leads and those who “go ahead” and want to rush off to someplace the Spirit is not really going.  In the Church today, we face both the “Repeal Vatican II” crowd and those who are only loyal to the imaginary Third Vatican Council that will mold the Tradition into whatever they want it to be.  The trick to being Catholic is to be where the Spirit is, not where he is not.  Today, don’t lag behind or go ahead: just stick with Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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