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eNewsletter Subject: The Church Creates Friendship with God

Greetings on the feast of St. Matthew, who recorded Our Lord's final words: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Mt 28:19-20).

These words strike an important theme for what we've been working on this week. For example, my latest In Depth Analysis asks a fundamental question which influences evangelization and missionary work: Will Many Be Saved?

Also, today I posted a summary of a First Things article which argues that the most important political role of the Church is to promote Divine friendship: The Church and Political Friendship with God. If you also read the following homily by Pope Benedict XVI, I think you'll get an inkling of what this means: Serving Justice and Peace Is an Imperative Task of the Church .

On the other hand, much in the modern world seems designed to rob us of God's friendship. As one small example, take the fraudulent glee with which many commentators have seized upon the recent discovery of an ancient Coptic papyrus fragment which mentions that Our Lord had a wife. Phil Lawler explains in: That Coptic papyrus fragment tells us nothing about Jesus....

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