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Church, Immigration, and Nation

In the realm of the spirit, there are few prospects more terrifying than meeting God—the Father, the Creator, the unconditioned Absolute Whose essence is His existence.  Even Moses, the appointed mediator for his people, could not view God face to face; so God granted him a burning bush as an icon.  God’s spirit or shadow (the Shekinah) rested upon Israel, mediating His relationship with His people, who collectively were as His bride (see Hosea).  Through his participation in that people and his observance of the Law, a Jew could hope to relate to the God Who had made him.

Jesus offers Himself as the face of God made man, Whom we can gaze upon with admixed love and awe; the Church is Christ’s bride.  By becoming a part of Her, we join ourselves to Him and His Father.  The Church transmits the theoretically limitless demands of the God to Whom we owe everything, in the form of sacred texts and sacraments, and draws from these and from reason Her guidelines for virtuous conduct.  The amorphous and overwhelming awe of the absolute Other becomes, through the human mediation of pastors and parents, a program for daily life.  One’s conscience, in conversation with the mediating authority, determines the shape that life will take.

Heady stuff.  What on earth does it have to do with politics, especially the bitter, vital issue...

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