Catechism 33

Should those who have faith in Christ seek their salvation through their own works, or anywhere else?

No, they should not, as everything necessary to salvation is found in Christ. To seek salvation through good works is a denial that Christ is the only Redeemer and Savior.

(New City Catechism)

 

            Understand:

the chasm is too wide, the gap

too vast for any Good to bridge.

            All vain

attempts to straddle death with works,

however beautiful, are only

            puddles

                        in an infinite sea.

 

            And know this:

all the ladder-clambering to

which the dying soul will turn

                        cannot

ascend the smallest rung,

can only slip, and slander grace

            which lifts

                        the sinner from her knees.

 

            And nothing

in our best attempts, our finest deeds,

our kindest actions, whitest fleece,

                        can near

the width of grace’s arms which span

the heavens and the earth to take

            our filth

                        into its cleansing grip.

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