Therefore on that day of Pentecost Christ planted His
Church as an everlasting monument of His Victory. To the
latest posterity this monument shall stand, and defy
every effort that either man or devils can make against
it. The spirit of truth shall abide with the Church, and
teach her all truth to the end of the world. Thus Christ
fulfils His farewell promise to His Apostles: "Behold, I
am with you all days, even to the consummation of the
Christ continues to live in His Church, as the Redeemer
and High Priest, in the holy sacrifice of the Mass, in
the sacraments, and other means of grace. Christ lives
in His Church as a Teacher of truth and heavenly wisdom,
by guiding her councils through the Holy Ghost, and by
saving the Popes, as heads of the Church, from error in
their definitions of faith and morals.
Christ lives in His Church as King, by clothing His
representatives, the Priests, according to their various
ranks, with divine authority, and by maintaining through
their instrumentality God's Kingdom on Earth in
discipline, peace, and tranquillity. Christ lives in His
Church by leading individuals to extraordinary holiness,
and creating, in the monastic life and other religious
associations, schools of the highest virtue and
perfection for those whom He calls to the observance of
the Evangelical Counsels.
Christ lives in His Church despised and crucified, in as
much as His doctrines have been misrepresented, denied,
and rejected by misguided men in all ages, as in His own
lifetime; and inasmuch as His faithful followers
individually, and His holy Church in general, have been,
in private and in public, violently attacked and
persecuted, wronged and misrepresented by declared
enemies and treacherous friends.
Christ lives in His Church as the glorious Conqueror.
For the Church, even in the midst of her greatest trials
and under severest oppression, has won victory after
victory, triumph after triumph. "And the rain fell, and
the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon
that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a
rock" (Matt. 7:25).