Crossed The Tiber
An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism
- Name: Russ Rentler, M.D.
- Location: Pennsylvania, United States
I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.
Monday, October 24, 2016
Jack Chick- Pioneer of "Comic Book Anti-Catholicism" Dead.
Thankfully, by the grace of God, I discovered what the Catholic Church is truly all about, not what Mr Chick misunderstood it to represent. Perhaps Jack is now discovering what real Christianity is all about as the individuals in my own CathoChick Tract.
Let's all pray for the repose of his soul. I will pray for him at adoration tonight.
Monday, August 29, 2016
Catholics and Corrupt Communications
From A Catholic Blogger
I beg to differ. I have recently noted the direction negative direction of Catholic writers on the internet. It has become more popular for some prominent Catholic bloggers and apologists to use foul language as well as attack their opponents in escalations of flame wars, which no one really wins. Two bloggers recently were taken off the writing staff of The National Catholic Register (EWTN-owned) as a result of this very thing. While there are many Catholics such as the blogger above I quoted from who think we shouldn't "represent a brand" but Christ, I believe we as Catholics should offer the world an alternative. We are all human- sinners, impious, impatient, etc , however, on the web we have the luxury of writing our words then stepping back and thinking about the import of those words. Will these things I have written draw others to the risen Christ? After all, the mission of the Church is simply to bring people to heaven. Do my words do that?
Yes, I know that we Catholics are as gritty and imperfect sinners as the rest of the world. But the reality is, our words and actions are often watched by non-Catholics and can push people away from Christ and his Church rather than towards it. Of all the Christians "on the web" and in the "real world" we Catholics have the advantage of a direct infusion of God's grace through the power of the sacraments. Therefore, because of our access to the Eucharist and frequent Confession, we have the opportunity of allowing ourselves to become fashioned into the image of Christ in a very expeditious way. Do all our problems, sins and foibles go away because of the ability to have union with the Living God in the sacraments? No, but the potential is there, and in such a measure that we have 2000 years of saints who proven that it can be done.
When I sit down in front of my computer, shouldn't I represent Christ to the world as much as I do in my day to day life? Even more so because of the potential for our words to reverberate throughout the blogosphere and beyond, and someday shouted from the housetops during our individual (particular) judgment. (cf Luke 12:3)
"Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers(or readers on the web too)." Eph 4:29
Sunday, May 22, 2016
Feast of the Holy Trinity; Proof That Solo Scriptura Fails
Today the Church celebrates the great solemnity of the Holy Trinity, always celebrated one week after Pentecost. Why does the Church need to write an office and liturgy to highlight the doctrine of the Triune God? Because at one time in the history of the Christian faith, almost half of believers didn't understand the true nature of God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Our Church Fathers provided us with a Creed, a white paper, so to speak, on what it is we believe about God.
Why was this necessary if the Bible is perpiscuous (self -elaborating) If all we need to know about the nature of God is clearly elucidated in Holy Scripture, why did Arius and his heretic bishops and followers argue that Jesus wasn't truly God? Why do Jehovah's Witnesses and similar cults today publish a pamphlet that gives 200 "Biblical Proofs" that Jesus is not God? The answer is that the concept of using the Bible Alone(Solo Scriptura) without the Church Jesus started will lead to error, confusion and ultimately schism. The extremely large number of Protestant denominations which grows by the day is empiric proof of this epic failure.
Saint Vincent of Lérins of the early fifth century concurs, "Therefore, it is very necessary, on account of so great intricacies of such various error, that the rule for the right understanding of the prophets and apostles should be framed in accordance with the standard of Ecclesiastical and Catholic interpretation."
Don't misunderstand this post as somehow denigrating Scripture, for we believe it is the Divine Word of God, but Christ also gave us His Church through which the third person of the Trinity, the Paraclete is promised to lead us in all truth. This feast day reminds me of that.
Sunday, May 15, 2016
Where the Bishop Is....
I find it very interesting that the first thing Christ did on his return at Pentecost was to give them the Holy Spirit and the authority to forgive sins. Surely he intended this ability to not end with this first generation of believers as much as he did not intend the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to end with them as well. I am not sure how I understood this verse as a Protestant, because it only makes sense in the context of the Catholic Church and the priesthood instituted by Jesus.
It's always a thrill to see the bishop no matter how many times I have seen him because he represents the unbroken succession of apostles since the original twelve. They layed their hands on their disciples and the priesthood continued onward for 2000 years. Some modern bishops can trace their succession back at least 500 years! In the 100 AD, Saint Ignatius of Antioch said this
“See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery(priests) as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is [administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church”
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
The Gift of the Present Moment
Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Ode To Mother Angelica
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
RIP Mother Angelica
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Little Sisters at the Supreme Court
If the Court sides with the President and his administration, the Little Sisters will be forced to close down their homes in the US and thousands of elderly will be essentially with no place to live or eat. I have visited with the Little Sisters and can attest to the tremendous ministry they have of caring for those who our society deems non-productive and burdensome. Please keep them in your prayers.
Saint Thomas More, intercede today for the Little Sisters that they may continue to obey Christ and accept the consequences whatever they may be, as you also did. Amen.