Based on principles like love and sacrifice, the Church is an institution that deals with the transcendent and the concept of salvation - salvation of the human soul, which can only be achieved by believing and growing spiritually. Church, as the only institution whose fundamental preoccupation is man's relationship with God, should constitute itself in a center of spirituality. The task of the church becomes, thus, very important. It has to get man close to God and make him aware of the fact that there is also another way of life besides the material one. In a continuously changing society, a society that develops in various directions, the individual has a large number of choices and is subject to a wide range of influences. And this makes it difficult for him to find the right path and to make the correct choice.
Duality raises tensions in man. He is a god-like but also finite being, composed of eternal but also ephemeral elements. And in order to find equilibrium, he has to balance the antitheses within himself, to make peace and to find peace. It's here that the church should show its presence, in helping the individual find the source of the tensions within himself and in guiding him in their understanding.
Church cannot show man what exactly he must do with or in his li...
It's not by imposing that church can help man but by trying to explain and by opening man's mind.
Church should be central to man's life but only as long as it is, indeed, a means of connecting man with the universal mystery, with God. Involving in man's life, establishing a connection with people, opening towards people, this is how Church will accomplish its mission, that of connecting man to the divine.
Unfortunately, it's not always that the church accomplishes the goal of helping people have the revelation of the transcendental truth -because it doesn't have or use the proper methods. And man finds himself alone in a world of confusing alternatives.
It's much harder to conceive or imagine a world you cannot see. The physical world is right here- you can perceive it - visually, auditory, you can feel it and smell it. But the beyond surpasses the laws that we follow here. You cannot really describe it and for a lot of people it's even difficult to believe in its existence. So we can realize how different and difficult the task of the Church is as compared to the task of other institutions. Church is more than a common institution. It doesn't have a perceivable object and it doesn't address man's mind or reason, it addresses the soul. It prepares man for the passage to a new life and teaches him about the essence which he won't be able to find in the material.
Henri de Lubac expresses, in his book Catholicism: a Study of dogma in Relation to the Corporate Destiny of Mankind, the fact that the Church's mission is "to reveal to men that pristine unity that they have lost, to restore it and complete it."(19) It's a divine unity, all men, all souls, are one, are the Whole. The same author analyses other conceptions connected to the Church's