20. The Communion of Saints
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  Introduction

    After the professing of faith in "the Holy Catholic Church," the Apostles' Creed continues to be the "Communion of Saints" - an piece that somehow explains the other: "What is the Church, if not the Communion of Saints?, asks an old author.

    The Church is the Body of Christ, place where the faithful on earth, those who are in the purgatory and the Saints that are in heaven are integrated. There exists a communion of life among the three groups, like as if in a family where its members help each other out. This communion of life and supernatural goods that unites the members of the Church with the Head and amongst each other is what is called the Communion of Saints.

  A. Answer by choosing one of these words: hell, heaven, hate, forget, help, saints or convicted.

  In the Church there are those who are faithful on earth, those in the purgatory and those in  
 The three groups can
 
 The three groups are united in the Communion of
 
  Main Ideas

1. Through Baptism we begin to be part of the body of the Church

    Upon receiving the baptism we become incorporated into the Church, which is the Mystical Body of Christ. That is why it is said that it is through baptism that we begin to be part of the Body of Christ. Upon receiving grace in the sacrament we join Christ, who is the Head of that body, and begin to be members that are alive. If we lose grace, we separate from the Head and become dead members. It is as if a hand, that is alive due to being attached to the body and the head, separates from the body; the hand would become corrupt, would die and would be useless. Therefore, we must always strive to live in grace.

2. Each member is united to the other members

    We know that in the parts of the human body are kept alive and communicate with each other when clean and good blood reaches all parts.

    The Mystical Body of Christ functions like this blood flow process, and the grace and the gifts that God gives us establish a communion of supernatural life of all members with the Head and amongst each other.

3. The union between the Saints in heaven, the souls in the purgatory and the faithful on earth

    The Church is formed not only by those who by baptism belong to it and that are on earth (the militant Church), but also the Saints in heaven (the triumphant Church) and those who are purifying their souls in the purgatory before entering heaven (the purgative Church). The three states of the Church are united because the only Head is Christ and the life that animates all is grace.

  B. Choose one of these words to answer: the Virgin, Saint Joseph, Christ, separated, united, sin, grace, blood, grace, triumphant, purgative or militant.

 Through baptism we join the Mystical Body of

 
 With mortal sin we lose grace and become
 
 With mortal sin we lose
 
 All members of the human body receive
 
 What blood is to the body, for the Mystical Body is
 
 Those on earth form this type of Church
 
 Those in the purgatory form this type of Church
 
 Those already in heaven form this type of Church
 

4. The communication of goods in the Church

    The life of the Body of Christ is grace, with everything that involves the supernatural life that members receive from the Head, thus establishing a close relationship between the members and the Head as well as amongst each other. Christ instills his gifts - the sense of faith and the impulse of charity - and faithful worship and praise. The blessed ones in heaven help us as well as those who are in the purgatory, while we invoke the Saints. The faithful on earth help each other out and help the souls in the purgatory, which in turn intercede for us before God.

    Therefore, it is like a blood transfusion occurs in the Church. The grace of Christ, the merits of the Holy Virgin and the Saints help us in life, like a blood transfusion helps keep life in the body. Thus, our prayers and good works are like good blood we give to others: to our parents, siblings, friends, other people as well as the souls in the purgatory. Also, the good works of the other members of the Church help us and do good to our souls.

5. How to live the communion of saints

    The communion of Saints is a reality that is so rich and comforting, and so important to the life and holiness of the Church, that we should not lose the opportunity to live it, thus striving to be better and helping others. The best way to live the communion of Saints is to receive the sacraments, since due to the grace that they transmit to us, we unite to God, his Holy grace by par excellence, more and more. Another way is to invoke the Virgin Mary and the Saints, because they give us the grace from God.

    We can help the purgative Church by offering the Mass, and by works and prayers for the souls in the purgatory that want to enjoy God in heaven as soon as possible. Similarly we can also help the militant Church - the Christians who are still combating on earth - by offering works during the day so that God can help them.


Catechesis Course. Don Jaime Pujol Balcells and Don Jesús Sancho Bielsa. EUNSA. Navarra. 1982. With the permission of the authors.


  C. Answer if the statements are true or false.

 Christ instills a sense of faith and the impulse of charity

 
 We help the blessed ones in heaven
 
 We can help those who are in the purgatory
 
 The blessed ones in heaven help us
 
 The merits of the Virgin and the Saints also help us
 
 The faithful on earth cannot help us
 
 We can help by receiving the sacraments correctly
 

  Catechism questions

1. What is the "Communion of Saints"?  "The "Communion of Saints" is composed by the members of the Church, due to being all one body with Christ as the Head, who participate in the same spiritual goods.

2. In which spiritual goods do the members of the Church participate?  Members of the Church participate in the merits of Jesus Christ, the Holy Virgin and the Saints; the sacrifice of the Mass, and the sacraments and good works of the faithful.

  D. Click on the button with the correct answer. Below are the possible answers: A, B B B

 QUESTIONS

 ANSWERS
 What is the "Communion of Saints"?  
 In which spiritual goods of the Church do its members participate?  

 

 POSSIBLE ANSWERS
 A

 The merits of Jesus Christ, the Holy Virgin and the Saints; the sacrifice of the Mass, the sacraments and the good works of the faithful.

 B

 As members of the Church, due to being all one body with Christ as the Head, we participate in the same spiritual goods.


  Purposes of Christian life

- A way of living the Communion of Saints is to commend for the souls in the purgatory during the Mass.

- A Christian can help the other members of the Church by behaving good. This responsibility should inspire us to live a better Christian life each day.



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