One of the things I quickly noticed about the Church when I began attending was how full it was of people of various types. We have sinners and saints, liberals and conservatives, men and women, people of all races and all ages, etc. That's the absolute beauty of a universal Church like the one Christ established. I always think of the following verses jn Matthew 13 where Christ talks about his Church, and how wonderfully well they really apply to how we see it today:
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, 'Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?' He answered, 'An enemy has done this.' His slaves said to him, 'Do you want us to go and pull them up?'
He replied, 'No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, "First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn."'"
To be able to worship with not only all those diverse individuals within the Church, but also with the Saints and Angels throughout history in the mass, we can begin to scrape the surface of the beauty which is the Catholic Church.
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