local church & priority of self-will

In Books, Community, Religion, Spirituality on February 24, 2007 by EliacĂ­n

Participation in the universal church isn’t real unless it is expressed by committed participation in a particular local congregation. And participation means loving service, not just showing up for a prescribed number of meetings each week. Belonging to the church also means making commitments that place limits on your life. Holding on to the freedom to move from church to church at the dictates of jobs or personal preferences is holding to the prioroty of self-will. A life without vows and commitments that limit your freedom of preferences is inconsistent with learning a life of obedience to God.

Jack Bernard, How to Become a Saint, p.76

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