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.
Saturday, October 30, 2010
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Salvation For a Genius and a Town Fool
A recent comboxer said: "Your other notes of refutation on what Calvinists hold are typical misunderstandings of the position confessed." I hear this same tired argument from calvinists when I attempt to refute the tenets of Calvinism.
My conclusion is this: If a faith system is so complex that relatively intelligent folks can't understand it, perhaps it is not a good faith system, (or one that is exclusively for a small group of intellectual elites.) The way of salvation that Christ brought to the world was fairly simple. It had to be if Christ was willing "that no man should perish but all come to repentance." Sacramental and simple. "Unless you eat my body and drink my blood, you have no life in you." Many walked away from Him that day, but for 2000 years He offers Himself to us in under the appearance of simple wheat bread and wine. All it takes is a heart of faith. Not a lot of intellect is involved. Not too hard to understand.
- Down in adoration falling,
- Lo! the sacred Host we hail,
- Lo! o'er ancient forms departing
- Newer rites of grace prevail;
- Faith for all defects supplying,
- Where the feeble senses fail.
- Thomas Aquinas
Sunday, October 24, 2010
He gives them to those inquirers who sincerely wish to learn more about Catholicism. What a worthwhile apostolate!
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Saturday, October 23, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
If We Are Catholic, We Need to Act Like It!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Calvin and Religious Freedom-What Was His Problem With Physicians Anyway?
Catholicism is often criticized because of its "authoritarian" attempts to control the masses throughout the ages using ex-communication and trials to root-out heresy and schismatics. Yet, Calvin himself demanded that Genevans obey laws based on his interpretation of Scripture and ex-communicated and punished those who would not adhere, or even just question his doctrines.He was particularly annoyed with two such "heretics"- both physicians as a matter of fact! See Jerome Bolsec and Michael Servetus .
When our protestant brothers mention inquisitions and religious persecution by the Church in their attempt to discredit the Catholic Church, should we ask them if the behavior of their founders, Luther and Calvin likewise discredit their belief systems? Both of these reformers had no tolerance for those who disagreed with their new theological constructs. I think Calvin for whatever reason particularly despised doctors. I guess its that age-old feud between doctors and lawyers rearing its ugly head.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
What is an Evangelical Catholic?
"I am an Evangelical Catholic....I evangelize Catholics and catholicize Evangelicals"
(Peter Kreeft, Professor at Boston University and convert from Evangelicalism)
Sunday, October 10, 2010
The original video without Dr. White's commentary is here.
He brought this up once again when Catholic Answers put a link on their video page to the Nicean Blues.
I recently recorded another "live" video version with the corrected words in honor of the feast of Pentecost. I will have to send it to Catholic Answers to re-post. Thanks Dr. White for the extra traffic to my blog.
Here's the new version:
Saturday, October 09, 2010
Monday, October 04, 2010
"Shower of Roses" at the Carmelite Monastery, Allentown, PA
The monastery chapel was packed to overflowing and they needed the local fire police to direct traffic and parking. Monsignor Kuhns of the Allentown diocese, spiritual director for the nuns, gave a wonderful homily regarding the "little way" of St. Therese and how we are all invited to participate in it.
Why do Catholics get so enthusiastic about an obscure cloistered nun from Normandy France who died over 100 years ago at 24 years of age? Because she showed us how to grow in holiness in the most simple fashion. To offer up our daily sufferings and disappointments all for the love of God.
"Love proves itself by deeds, so how am I to show my love? Great deeds are forbidden me. The only way I can prove my love is by scattering flowers and these flowers are every little sacrifice, every glance and word, and the doing of the least actions for love."
So this obscure nun who died of tuberculosis at 24 years of age showed the world how to love God in the most simple and ordinary ways. Though she never traveled outside the convent, her writings have been spread throughout the world and she was canonized less than 30 years after her death. She has been declared a Doctor of the Church for her insight and wisdom and joins the company of the likes of Sts. Augustine and Aquinas.
We Catholics don't worship St Therese but many of us have a special place in our hearts because she shows us how we too can grow in holiness and love for Jesus in her "little way." Not only is she a role model, we know that she is available to pray for us as well. One of the last things she said was "I want to spend my heaven doing good on earth." She certainly is keeping her word!