I am a sinner and I need to be saved. I need to be saved from myself and from my sin. There are many people who love me deeply–parents, siblings, friends, colleagues, and neighbors–but they cannot save me. I need a savior. It is the clarity of this realization that is life changing. This is what makes me eligible for membership in the Catholic Church. Jesus didn’t come for the healthy; he came for the sick, and he established the Church to continue his work (cf. Mark 2:17). I am imperfect, but I am capable of change and growth. We are all imperfect and perfectible. The Church holds me in my weakness, comforts me in my limitations, endeavors to heal me of my sickness, and nurtures me back to full health, making me whole again. And throughout this process, the Church manages to harness all my efforts and struggles, not only for my own good, but for the good of the entire Church and indeed humanity.
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