Catechism in a Year
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
152. What does it mean to say that the Church is the universal sacrament of salvation?
This means that she is the sign and instrument both of the reconciliation of communion of all humanity with God and of the unity of the entire human race.
The Church: people of God,
body of Christ, temple of the Spirit
Further reading: CCC 774-776, 780
153. Why is the Church the 'people of God'?
The Church is the 'people of God' because it pleased God to sanctify and save men not in isolation but by making them into one people gathered together by the unity of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Further reading: CCC 781, 802-804
154. What are the characteristics of the people of God?
One becomes a member of this people through faith in Christ and Baptism. This people has for its origin God the Father; for its head Jesus Christ; for its hallmark the dignity and freedom of the sons of God; for its law the new commandment of love; for its mission to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world; and for its destiny the Kingdom of God, already begun on earth.
Further reading: CCC 782, 804
These excerpts are from the Compendium of the CCC.