John Paul II — “Aim at Christ”

The proper aim of life, explained by Pope John Paul II —

Through the Church’s consciousness, which the Council considerably developed, through all the fields of activity in which the Church expresses, finds and confirms herself, we must constantly aim at Him “who is the head,” (Eph 1:10, 22; 4:25; Col. 1:18) through whom are all things and through whom we exist,” (1 Cor. 8:6; cf. Col. 1:17) who is both “the way, and the truth” (Jn 14:6) and ” the resurrection and the life,” (Jn 11:25) seeing whom, we see the Father (Jn 14:9), and who had to go away from us (Jn 16:7) – that is, by His death on the cross and then by His ascension into heaven – in order that the Counsellor should come to us and should keep coming to us as the Spirit of truth. (Jn 16:7, 13) In Him are “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” (Col 2:3) and the Church is His Body. (Rom. 12:5: 1 Cor. 6:15, 10:17; 12:12, 27; Eph. 1:23; 2:16: 4:4; Col. 1:24; 3:15) “By her relationship with Christ, the Church is a kind of sacrament or sign and means of intimate union with God, and of the unity of all mankind,” (Lumen Gentium §1) and the source of this is He, He Himself, He the Redeemer. From The Redeemer of Man §7.

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