12 January 2016

We Must Be Vigilant

The persecution that accompanies her pilgrimage on earth (cf. Lk 21: 12; Jn 15: 19-20) will unveil the “mystery of iniquity” in the form of a religious deception offering men an apparent solution to their problems at the price of apostasy from the truth. The supreme religious deception is that of the Antichrist, a pseudo-messianism by which man glorifies himself in place of God and of his Messiah come in the flesh (cf. 2 Thess 2: 4-12; 1 Thess 5: 2-3; 2 Jn 7; 1 Jn 2: 18, 22). The Antichrist’s deception already begins to take shape in the world every time the claim is made to realize within history that messianic hope which can only be realized beyond history through the eschatological judgment. The Church has rejected even modified forms of this falsification of the kingdom to come under the name millenarianism (cf. Enchiridion Symbolorum, 3839) especially the “intrinsically perverse” political form of a secular messianism (cf. Divini Redemptoris; Gaudium et Spes, 20-21). The Church will enter the glory of the kingdom only through this final Passover, when she will follow her Lord in his death and Resurrection (cf. Rev 19: 1-9).

Catechism of the Catholic Church, 675-77

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