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A prince died leaving a considerable fortune. An only son was to inherit. After many years a young man came forward claiming to be the prince’s son. But his birth certificate proved that he was born only several years after the death of his supposed father, and naturally he did not receive the inheritance.
The same is true of the various Christian churches that have been formed over the centuries. These churches claim to have their origin in Jesus Christ, but the date of their birth gives them a formal denial. How can Jesus Christ have founded a Church that was only established in the sixteenth century? For no one can deny that the Protestant Church did not exist before 1518. The same is true of the Anglican Church, which was founded by Henry VIII, King of England, in 1535. The schismatic Church of 1870 is not the true Church, even though it is called “Old Catholicism”, because it is only the result of the defection of some Catholic priests and did not exist before the First Vatican Council.
If someone wanted to make us believe that a water pipe with more than 2000 pipes could be destroyed by an earthquake, so that the pipes were broken from the 300th and that nevertheless the water started to flow again and to feed the pipe from the 1518th pipe as if nothing had happened, what would we say? However, what the protestants claim is no less ridiculous, since they tell us that the pure Gospel of Jesus Christ was lost in the third century and that Luther discovered it again. The true doctrine of Jesus Christ could not be lost, because the Savior promised it would last forever.
The true Church must go back to the times of the apostles, for Jesus Christ foretold that the gates of hell would not prevail against His Church, which is firmly established on the rock of Saint Peter. If the true Church had disappeared over the centuries, Jesus Christ would not have kept His promise, which is impossible.
Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and of the Mother of God. Amen.
O Jesus! We are going to walk with You on the road to Calvary which was so painful for You. Make us understand the greatness of Your sufferings, touch our hearts with tender compassion at the sight of Your torments, in order to increase in us the regret of our faults and the love we wish to have for You.
Deign to apply to all of us the infinite merits of Your Passion, and in memory of Your sorrows, show mercy to the souls in Purgatory, especially to those who are most abandoned.
O Divine Mary, who first taught us to make the Way of the Cross, obtain for us the grace to follow Jesus with the sentiments Your Heart was filled with as You accompanied Him on the road to Calvary. Grant that we may weep with You, and that we may love Your divine Son as You do. We ask this in the name of His adorable Heart. Amen.