Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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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.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Happy Feast of Saint Joseph

For over 1900 years, the Church has venerated (not worshiped) the Foster father of Jesus and has asked his intercession. My baptismal name is Joseph. Since I have become Catholic I have regained a sense of appreciation for this obedient saint who was given  the task of raising up the Son of God.

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the Throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your Divine Son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, Our Lord; so that having engaged here below your Heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss His fine Head for me, and ask Him to return the Kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, Patron of departing souls, pray for us. Amen.  (This prayer is 1900 years old)

Thursday, January 22, 2015

March For Life 2015

Heading to DC today with our church to pray to end the holocaust that has imperiled the  soul of this nation for the past 40 years.  Pray with us. Pics to follow.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Evangelicalism Isn't Enough

I recently received a comment on my review of the Rich Mullins movie-

 "I can identify with both Rich and your analysis because for me being evangelical was not enough to face life and to draw closer to Jesus and change things that needed changing in my life. I had to become a Catholic to find the graces that God has provided in the Catholic Church and that I so desperately needed.(Howard)

My blog has always had a "compare and contrast" theme between my life as a devout lover of Jesus  as a Protestant and my life as a devout lover of Jesus as a Catholic . This comment again sums up the difference I have noted.  You can argue the roots of the canon, the causes of the reformation, try to explain the saints and Mary to non-Catholics, but I believe the strongest and most powerful argument is one such as this from converts.
    I do wonder if this comment could have been from former editor of Christianity Today, Thomas Howard, who wrote the classic "Evangelicalism in Not Enough."

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Another Protestant Abandons the Cult "Abolish Human Abortion"

The Westboro Baptists of the Pro Life Movement, "AHA" continue to alienate the body of Christ in both Protestant and Catholic circles. Here's the latest article where the author explains his attempts to speak the truth in love to them. His conclusion is that they have become the enemies of the gospel.
   My take on these folks are that they are only charading  as anti -abortion but fattening their wallets and gaining notoriety with the proceeds from their merch sales and membership fees.  If they were serious about ending abortion, they would protest their own churches that don't lift a finger to end abortion. Rhology, whose real name is Alan Maricle, attends Berry Road Baptist that preaches one watered-down sermon a year on abortion. Why doesn't he direct his Church Repent project  there?  Or his spiritual mentor Dr. James White? His church never does anything to end the holocaust yet Alan continues to receive and promote the teachings of Dr. White, even publishing pictures of him standing with Dr White on his blog. Dr. White's ministry does nothing to save babies and Alan has no problem with that. Yet when there is a Catholic anti-abortion march, guess whose standing on the sidelines cowering in the shadows heckling Catholics? Yep the minions of AHA!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving From the Catechism of the Catholic Church

 "Believing in God, the only One, and loving him with all our being has enormous consequences for our whole life.

 It means coming to know God's greatness and majesty: "Behold, God is great, and we know him not." Therefore, we must "serve God first".

 It means living in thanksgiving: if God is the only One, everything we are and have comes from him: "What have you that you did not receive?"  "What shall I render to the LORD for all his bounty to me?"

It means knowing the unity and true dignity of all men: everyone is made in the image and likeness of God.

 It means making good use of created things: faith in God, the only One, leads us to use everything that is not God only insofar as it brings us closer to him, and to detach ourselves from it insofar as it turns us away from him: 
My Lord and my God, take from me everything that distances me from you.
My Lord and my God, give me everything that brings me closer to you.

My Lord and my God, detach me from myself to give my all to you.
 It means trusting God in every circumstance, even in adversity. A prayer of St. Teresa of Jesus wonderfully expresses this trust:

Let nothing trouble you / Let nothing frighten you
Everything passes / God never changes 
Patience / Obtains all 
Whoever has God / Wants for nothing
God alone is enough."

CCC 222-224

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Home Mass

We had the great privilege of having a priest friend stay with us this weekend. We received the precious body and blood of our Lord and Savior in our living room. I wondered if this is what it felt like for the early Christians who met in their homes to celebrate the "breaking of the bread." ( We didn't have to fear having the door broken down and being imprisoned and killed for our faith though.) By the way, the breaking of the bread was the term they used to describe partaking in the Lord's Supper, not just a common meal.
   The liturgy we prayed today is almost identical to that described by Saint Justin Martyr in the second century.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Feast of Saint Pope John Paul II

Today the Church celebrates the life and heroic virtue of Pope JP2.  He was at the end of his pontificate when I entered the Church.  In a very short time I felt bonded to him and read all I could of his encyclicals.  I wept the day he died and marveled how the Church chose another successor of Saint Peter as they have done for the past two millennia .
   Saint Pope John Paul 2, pray for us to love God as you did and live our lives in awe and respect for the life God has given all of us.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Feast of Saint Therese

Today the Church celebrates and honors this quiet little girl French girl who became a giant of the faith. What can I say about Saint Therese that hasn't already been said?
Not a whole lot. She entered a convent at fifteen years of age after going to Rome to try to get an exception from the pope. The pope told her to go back to France and submit to her bishop! She later died a horrible death from tuberculosis at twenty four years of age in 1897. Saint Therese was a cloistered Carmelite nun and never left the convent, yet  a relatively short time after her death,  was canonized. She would have been only 52 when she was made a saint. Her writings were translated into multiple languages and disseminated throughout the world. Saint Pope John Paul 2 declared her a doctor of the Church (of which there are only three women.)
   She said she wanted to spend her heaven doing good on earth and she has kept her promise!
So many prayers asking for her intercession have been answered.
  Saint Therese, pray for us. Amen

If you haven't read her autobiography, I highly recommend it. The Story of a Soul, which can be found free on the internet.

Here's a little tune I wrote to honor the Little Flower, Saint Therese

Friday, September 19, 2014

AHA Cult Member Assaults Pro-life Leader Abby Johnson

I have posted on this fringe radical anti-Catholic hyper-Calvinist cult posing as a pro-life group in the past. They use a pretense to "abolish" abortion as a means of spewing their vile anti-Catholicism and attack any faith that is not accepting of their strange twisted view of the bible.
   Abby Johnson, former manager at planned parenthood, now a Catholic convert and frontlines pro-life leader was assaulted at one of her speaking engagements by a member of AHA. This is not surprising given other members are former felons, church bombers and cult members.  Once again, spread the word regarding this faux pro-life group.  How many babies were slaughtered while this AHA member chose to harass a woman who has now dedicated her life to saving the unborn?

"I always thought this day may come...and it finally did tonight. 

A member of Abolish Human Abortion came to my event tonight and assaulted me...with my 6 week old son just inches away. 

After a wonderful evening with an amazing organization built on prolife unity, a boy named Christopher Rush with AHA came up to me and attempted to argue with me about my Catholic faith. I recognized him from several ugly Facebook messages. After I disengaged and was walking away, he pulled up a video camera and waved it so I could see it. I put my hand in front of it and he grabbed me and started throwing me around by my arm as I was trying to get it out of his grip. A man and woman stepped in to assist me and Christopher finally let go of me and threw the young woman against a table. He started to scream at the top of his lungs and then threatened to punch me.

The police quickly responded and detained him. After some prayer, I chose not to press charges. However, because of the assault, he was charged with trespassing and disorderly conduct. I have also filed a restraining order against him at the suggestion of the police department.

I'm not sure I have ever been in such close proximity to so much hate. It is incredibly disheartening to know that these people are actively part of a movement that strives to be peaceful and prayerful.

After he was released, he was in the parking garage waiting to further his attack. Thankfully, I was given a ride by someone else so I wouldn't have to walk across the campus back to the garage. They were rightly concerned that he may be there looking for me. After he screamed at the group of women in the garage for a few more minutes, he got in his car and peeled out.

Looking back, I am just very thankful that my baby boy is safe and was unharmed from the attack. My arm will heal, but I'm not sure how I could get over something happening to my baby.

In the end, I told him that we were praying for him. Please be praying that he is able to find peace in his heart.   "  Abby Johnson


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