Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky: A Program for Bolstering Faith

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*Image: The Resurrection by Hans Memling, c. 1490 [Musée du Louvre, Paris]. This is the center panel of Memling’s triptych of the Resurrection (Triptyque de la Résurrection). The other panels (below) depict the first Christian martyr, Saint Sebastian, and the Ascension of Christ.

By Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky, The Catholic Thing, April 5, 2021

Father Jerry J. Pokorsky is a priest of the Diocese of Arlington. He is pastor of St. Catherine of Siena parish in Great Falls, Virginia

Rev. Jerry J. Pokorsky

The bodily resurrection of Jesus is the crown jewel of our faith and defines our existence for eternity. Jesus forever breaks the power of sin, suffering, and death. The gates of heaven are now open to receive us if we follow Him. But without constantly recurring to the fact of the Resurrection, our faith degrades and fragments, and we risk our salvation.

Despite tumultuous times and widespread faithlessness, the Church has infallible mechanisms to renew belief even if it takes generations. Here is a worthwhile game plan to nourish and bolster our religious convictions.

  1. Avoid spiritual poison.

Honesty requires us to acknowledge the flowering of widespread and full-bore faithlessness that followed Vatican II. At its core, many of the hierarchy’s gatekeepers, swept up in theological fads, denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus. ….

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