Our vocation, then, is to love, wholeheartedly and unconditionally, so that we can become like God. This can’t be done by yourself, can’t be done without the Sacraments (which sustain, cleanse, and commit us to one another, while fortifying us in this endeavor), and can’t be done through reading Scripture alone. Come to think of it, I couldn’t have become a Marine on my own either.
What did Gandhi say about Christians? “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” That is because we are works in progress, while Christ is God. We have potential, but Christ is the model for us to emulate. He is the genuine article, Man as he is intended to be.
There is a huge chasm between us and Him, between where we are now and where we want to be. This is where the Church comes in. She is the bridge across this chasm, a beacon on the journey, serving much the same purpose as those water stops in Quantico did on a very long run, a long time ago. Because as Frederick Faber describes clearly, the Church