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.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Mass in Haiti

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Some folks criticize the Catholic Mass because "it's so dull" or "there's no praise and worship."
The whole Mass is praise and worship from the start to finish. When I was a kid, I just didn't see it, and it has taken the grace of God(and the wisdom that comes with age) to help me see this now. During the Mass, heaven is opened to us and we worship along with the saints and angels in heaven as Jesus becomes present in the sacrifice of the altar* as St. Augustine called the liturgy.
Being in Haiti to worship with my Haitian brothers and sisters made me realize the Catholic Church may be getting a "bum rap" based on what some may have experienced in North American liturgies growing up. The short video above is just the processional of the Mass
and though its hard to judge from the audio quality, the singing was loud and exuberant!
Eucharistic adoration later in the week was also very moving as worshipers fell to their knees and lifted their hands when Jesus was exposed in the monstrance. The Church is large and universal. It is unfortunate that opinions are formed against the Church based on such limited experiences of it. Go to a third world country and you will experience Catholic Christians worshiping, unencumbered by materialism. This phenomenon crosses denominational borders as I have worshiped with non-Catholic Christians as well in Haiti and experienced the same.


*This is the sacrifice of Christians: we, being many, are one body in Christ. And this also is the sacrifice which the Church continually celebrates in the sacrament of the altar, known to the faithful, in which she teaches that she herself is offered in the offering she makes to God.(Augustine, City of God)

2 Comments:

Blogger George Weis said...

I love it! This is the same reason I love impoverished African's who love Jesus! What beauty is found in their hearts. I know some non-catholic missionaries to Haiti, and they said how when they come back to the states the mask that evil wears is completely different here. Here it comes in the form of materialism and self aggrandizement. There, it is seen in a very recognizable form... voodoo and war.

When people are freed from things like voodoo, and yet they lack material possessions, they "get it" more than most Americans do. Their hearts are filled with love, and their faith in Christ is enough for all the hardships they face. Blessed are the Poor and the Poor in spirit!

Thanks Russ!

Love you man,
-g-

February 04, 2009 9:54 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Amen, there is a reason that Scripture has so much to say about the poor. When Jesus said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to go to heaven, he was trying to tell us this.
Maybe this economic slapdown will bring people to see what God has for them. That's what the pope has just said.
Our love to you guys George.

February 05, 2009 7:10 AM  

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