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The life of the one holy Universal Church is determined by the fact that it is the fulfillment of the service as ambassador enjoined upon it. Where the life of the Church is exhausted in self-serving, it smacks of death; the decisive thing has been forgotten, that this whole life is lived only in the exercise of what we called the Church’s service as ambassador, proclamation, kerygma. A Church that recognizes its commission will neither desire nor be able to petrify in any of its functions, to be the Church for its own sake. There is the “Christ-believing group”; but this group is sent out: “Go and preach the Gospel!” It does not say, “Go and celebrate services!” “Go and edify yourselves with the sermon!” “Go and celebrate the Sacraments!” “Go and present yourselves in a liturgy, which perhaps repeats the heavenly liturgy!” “Go and devise a theology which may gloriously unfold like the Summa of St. Thomas!” Of course, there…

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