Saints Peter and
Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
29th June 2014
Blessed John of Avila - The True Church, Where to Find It
her (the Church) with a very little effort one can be saved,
because the faith and good works which are demanded are easy
with the grace of God; but outside of her nothing is of any
What is the address of your house, O Lord, that we may know
how to find it and so attend your banquet? Just as you enter
the city you will be met by a man carrying a jar of water;
follow him (Luke 22:10). What a sign! How extraordinary,
simple and humble wisdom and how true and full of meaning.
Water, in the scriptures, signifies wisdom (Ecclus 15:3);
and also grace itself (Jn 7). Where you find heavenly wisdom
there is my Church.
Follow a man who is carrying a jar of water; our Lord said.
If you look at the jar merely or the water you may be
deceived; but look at the fact that a man is carrying it and
nothing will be wanting to you to judge rightly. There may
be heretics who hold the words of God and the Sacraments;
but they do not want to confess that there is a man - one
man - who carries this jar of water. They say that it is not
necessary that there should be a head, one man, and that it
is enough that we have for our head the God-man ... There
will never be one faith and one baptism, or one God or one
Christ unless there is one man who carries the jar of water,
whom do you follow. If this is not so, as those who do not
wish to admit that there is a man who is Christ's Vicar on
earth, if they have faith which is one, and you will see
that one has his own, and that there are as many faiths as
there are heads.
The Pope does not create the faith, he preserves it and thus
forms a sure sign of the true Church of Christ, because the
truth of Christ has to be known as such, and for this it is
necessary that the Church should tell us what is and what is
not the doctrine of Christ. This is the sure sign of the
Church where Christ dwells; that it has a head who is the
Pope. It is a visible Church, not an invisible one, because
if it were invisible then what it has to teach and declare
would be obscure.
Lord grant that I may be a faithful and humble servant of