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.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
'Tis The Season To Download Russ Rentler's "Just Yulin Around"
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
For the Press and NARAL Who Think The Pope is Going to Make Abortion "OK"
"Among the vulnerable for whom the Church wishes to care with particular love and concern are unborn children, the most defenceless and innocent among us. Nowadays efforts are made to deny them their human dignity and to do with them whatever one pleases, taking their lives and passing laws preventing anyone from standing in the way of this. Frequently, as a way of ridiculing the Church’s effort to defend their lives, attempts are made to present her position as ideological, obscurantist and conservative. Yet this defence of unborn life is closely linked to the defence of each and every other human right. It involves the conviction that a human being is always sacred and inviolable, in any situation and at every stage of development. Human beings are ends in themselves and never a means of resolving other problems. Once this conviction disappears, so do solid and lasting foundations for the defence of human rights, which would always be subject to the passing whims of the powers that be. Reason alone is sufficient to recognize the inviolable value of each single human life, but if we also look at the issue from the standpoint of faith, “every violation of the personal dignity of the human being cries out in vengeance to God and is an offence against the creator of the individual”.
Do you think the press will read a bit of this 51,000 word exhortation. Nah. Someone will have to make a Twitter friendly version and break it down into tweets. That would work out to about 364 tweets, basically one a day for a year!
Sunday, November 24, 2013
The Story of My Soul
On this feast day, I had some extra time and finished a studio version of my song "The Story of My Soul." It's a song that starts out about Mother Angelica but morphs into a theme of Saint Therese the Little Flower interceding from heaven for our conversion. She wanted to "spend her heaven doing good on earth" and I believe her prayers may have brought my wife and I back to the faith. Hope you enjoy.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Happy Feast of Saint Cecilia!
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Monday, November 18, 2013
Peter Bringing People Back Into the Barque
There is a news report here that suggests that since Pope Francis has been elected, certain countries such as Britain are seeing a surge in mass attendance (20% increase) and return to the confessional. It's hard to know for sure given the main stream media's accuracy, but let's hope and pray that the Holy Spirit through Peter keeps bringing folks into the barque. Regardless of the criticism against Pope Francis by those inside and outside the Church, a return to the sacraments is always a sign of revival and can't be argued with.
The Barque of Peter is an ancient symbol of the Church because as the first pope he was also a fisherman, now fishing for men.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Leader and Members Of "Abolish Human Abortion" Former Church Bombers
In 2007, three men in Burleson Texas were arrested and sent to Federal prison for attempting to blow up a church. They were members of a christian cult and used religious arguments in their justification for their actions. Two of these men, Jered Ragon and Michael Philip Plaisted Jr., are now involved in protesting against abortion as part of the Abolish Human Abortion group. Ragon, who spent 15 months in federal prison is now the leader of a chapter of AHA in Burleson. (Red arrow in pic above) Here's the full article, excerpted below.
"Burleson police arrested two men Wednesday and one Thursday who cited religious beliefs in attempting to detonate a bomb at Victory Family Church in Burleson.
According to reports, the suspects — Dayton Lee Calaway, 19, of Burleson, Michael Philip Plaisted Jr., 18, of Burleson, Jered Michael Ragon, 18, of Burleson, and an underage boy — twice attempted to detonate the device before being interrupted by a deacon. Police discovered the device propped against the church door.
Although Burleson Police Cmdr. Chris Havens declined to elaborate on the bomb, he said it was a simple, homemade device, the plans for which could probably be easily found on the Internet. Had the device detonated it would have caused a substantial explosion and probably led to a fire in the church, he said.
Plaisted and Calaway implicated Ragon during interviews after their arrests, Burleson Detective Tom Catron said, and all three subsequently admitted to involvement in a religious group that made the bomb. Ragon voluntarily came in for questioning and was arrested then, police said.
Although the name of the group the three associate with is unknown, Havens said the men identified themselves as radical Christian activists who oppose government and organized religion.
“They said the act at the church was a test of the device itself and to get the attention of the community,” Havens said.
Group members share common beliefs about the demise of society, which they believe has become too focused on self-improvement and self-gratification and lost it’s focus on the glorification of God, police said. The group is attempting to wake up society by committing destructive acts, according to reports. Group members further believe there are too many denominations and churches, and there ought to be only one."
The group AHA that these two former church bombers belong to is extremely anti-Catholic and has made statements such as "Catholicism is a satanic religious system leading people to hell." "The Churches in America have not failed to be Pro Life, they have failed to be Christian."
Encourage your Catholic and Protestant friends who want to save babies to avoid these "radical Christian activists" who ultimately do much damage and division against the fight to save babies from this tragic American Holocaust. They apparently have decided that their church alone is Christian and they alone know the only effective way to end abortion.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
New USCCB President From Allentown!
Since the Cross-the-Tiber blog originates from the diocese of Allentown, I thought it especially neat that the new president of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops was from this area and was a parish priest for over twenty years right here in the Valley. He had taken his brother who had Down' syndrome to live with him in the rectory of one of his parishes. That says a lot about this good priest. Here's a story about his brother.
Monday, November 11, 2013
You can download my song "The Way Things Might Have Been" for free in honour of those who bravely serve to protect our country.