September 21, 2020

About Church Sacrificial

We aim "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ."

About Church Sacrificial

Church Sacrificial was inspired by the inescapable centrality of the Cross to the Christian vocation. Our focus is to foster our shared universal call to holiness by providing the "solid food" that St. Paul wrote of to the Corinthians. We aim "to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph 4:12-13)

We are unabashedly faithful to the living Magisterium of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Indeed, one motivation for this apostolate is to counter the proud and rebellious spirit so widespread in the Church today. Rather than thinking of ourselves as "militant," as somehow better than other faithful (i.e., a self-proclaimed "remnant"), or as judges of our brothers and pastors, we heed the words of St. James (chapter 4:11-12):

Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor?

We believe that--following the words of Scripture and the witness of so many saints--authentic Christianity is grounded in humility, gentleness, meekness, kindness, mercy, and--most of all--love, all of which spring from a vibrant and deep life of prayer seeking union with God.

We follow the admonishment of St. John (3:18): "Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth." It is not enough to say that we are loving others. If our actions and words do not bear the fruit of peace and reconciliation with God, then we are not truly loving. If our words drive people away from God rather than into the welcoming arms of the Father, we are doing the work of the Devil rather than Christ.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Cor 13:1ff)

Our orientation is not towards being yet another voice bickering in the endless backbiting, gossiping, calumny, and detraction that is more common than not on the internet (especially among those who call themselves Christians). Rather, our orientation is strictly towards God, our One True End, and coming to Him the only way that the Gospel offers--through the Cross, through sacrifice.

This is, after all, the vocation of the Church--to be sacrificial, to take up our cross and follow Him.