The Catechism states:
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.
Friday, December 31, 2010
The Catechism states:
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
For My Non-Catholic Readers
What I can tell you is that when a person begins to read what the Church actually says about itself and its doctrines, the scales often fall from their eyes and the Holy Spirit brings them Home. I was one of those.
So, once again, for my readers who believe Catholicism is false:Did you ever ask yourself why you hate Catholicism so much?
Who taught me what I think I know about the Catholic Church? Is what I was taught true? Have I looked at what the Catholic Church has to say about itself, using official resources such as the Catechism of the Catholic Church and papal encyclicals? Could my opinion of the Catholic Church possibly be based on bias, bigotry, bad history, propaganda from the secular media, or the bad priests who get publicity (i.e., the sick, and sickening, pedophile priests or those certain heretical modernist priests the secular media love to give press to)? Is it fair to judge doctrine by such things? Is any group with human beings in it free from sin and scandal? If I am wrong about the Catholic Church, what does that mean?
- Because Catholics reject the tradition of "sola fide" ("faith alone"), they think they can work their way into Heaven and believe they are saved by works . WRONG
- Catholics think the pope does not sin . WRONG
- Catholics re-crucify Christ at their Masses (or at least think they do) WRONG
- Catholics think Mary is part of the Godhead and is to be worshipped WRONG
- Catholics worship statues WRONG (for the 150th time on this blog) WRONG
- Catholics think they can't pray to God directly but have to go through saints WRONG
- Catholics conjure the dead WRONG
- Catholics believe people can be saved after they die WRONG
- The Catholic Church teaches that one who isn't formally a Catholic is damned to Hell WRONG
- The Crusades are an example of Catholic aggression WRONG
- The Inquisition(s) killed hundreds of thousands of people and targeted Jews WRONG
- Pope Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope" and didn't do a thing to help Jews during WWII WRONG
- The Catholic Church wasn't around until the time of Constantine, a pagan who controlled the Church. WRONG
- The Catholic Church did more than baptize pagan calendar days for the good of Christ, it is pagan in its very roots. WRONG
If you believe any of the above myths, I implore you to research. For doctrinal questions, ask the Church what it teaches; it's the only fair thing to do. For historical questions, look at balanced and objective scholarly research from a variety of sources (including Catholic ones). And as you research, keep in mind the common logical fallacies that are often used in attacks against Catholicism:
Generalization: "I knew a Catholic/ex-Catholic (or I was a Catholic) who was (mean, a drunk, not holy, didn't like the Church, was superstitious, didn't know the Bible, didn't have a deep relationship with Jesus, etc.), so therefore, the teachings of the Catholic Church are wrong." (Ignores the fact that bad catechesis, misunderstandings, or other shortcomings of a few Catholics do not reflect on what the Catholic Church teaches)
Bifurcation:"If the Catholic Church doesn't teach that it's faith alone that saves, then it must teach that men are saved by their own works." (Ignores that we teach that we are saved by Grace alone -- a Grace with which we must cooperate through "faith that works in love")
Cum hoc ergo propter hoc (with this, therefore because of this): "Winter Solstice is on 21 December; Christmas is 25 December. Therefore, Christmas is a pagan holiday. (Ignores that fact that there are only 365 days to choose from in a year and that the early Church Fathers had good reasons to choose the date they did. It also ignores that Protestants' "Reformation Day" is celebrated on 31 October, the pagan festival of Samhain.)
Post hoc ergo propter hoc (after this, therefore because of this): "Constantine must have been the real source of the Catholic Church's teachings because after his reign the Church grew tremendously, and before his reign it wasn't as well-known" (Ignores the simple fact that Constantine merely stopped the persecution of Christians with the Edict of Milan and allowed Christianity to spread. It also ignores the writings of the Church Fathers who lived before Constantine -- and who were Catholic.)
Straw man: "You guys worship statues, and that's evil. Therefore, your religion is Satanic." (Ignores that fact that we don't worship statues)
(comes From FISHEATERS WEBSITE)
Sunday, December 26, 2010
He Makes the Earth Glow
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
An Advent Prayer
Yes, some goals were met others not at all. Alas, two more days then we celebrate Christmas!
So much to ponder so little time to do it in. God bless you all in the closing moments of Advent as we get ready to celebrate His birth in our world and in our hearts once again!
Make my crooked ways straight, fill the empty areas of my soul with your goodness.
Make the mountains of my pride and arrogance low,
Make my winding and manipulative ways straight.
Take my exceedingly rough edges and make them smooth,
Let people see You in me so that I can help to show forth your salvation
by the life I live in you.
I give you all the glory and trust in your grace and mercy to answer my prayers
In your precious name, Jesus, I pray.
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 08, 2010
Mary, Untier of Knots
To honor the Blessed Mother on the Solemnity of her Immaculate Conception.
"Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us."
Tuesday, December 07, 2010
Owen Swain's Advent Prayer Card
How appropriate that Catholic convert, artist and writer offers this on the eve of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
"I fly unto you O virgin of virgins."
Nope not worship, just asking her intercession for our needs. As early as 250 AD, there are recorded prayers asking the Blessed mother for her intercessions.
Mary merited the grace of Christ to escape the stain of original sin at the time of her conception.
But how could she merit the merits of Christ before he died on the Cross? Don't you believe that God can do anything He wants to? Even apply the merits of Christ's passion to Mary before she was conceived. In an age when space/time warp themes are coming out of Hollywood everyday and writers continuously challenge our imaginations regarding time and eternity, why do folks have such a hard time with this when the Church presents it as dogma?
Monday, December 06, 2010
What Is This World Coming To?
Did I ever think I would see the day when a step daughter is arguing with me in front of her step-father trying to convince him that the quality of his life is so poor that he should agree to be starved to death? In front of her father she discussed how much the nursing home was going to cost them per day once he was no longer covered by insurance! I told the gentleman that he would be dead in two weeks if I discontinued his feedings. His step-daughter told him I would basically anesthetize him so he wouldn't feel anything. I explained that I would not participate in terminal sedation since this is not the standard of care nor is it legal.
The Catholic Church teaches us that the withdrawal of food and water from a patient who is not imminently terminal is grave sin and violates the dignity of the person and deprives them of their life. The Church teaches that life is sacred because we are created in the image of God and we are not to end another's life, irregardless of the quality of that person's life.
God have mercy on this generation that has found it so easy to end the life of the pre-born and now wishes to end the life of the frail elderly when they have become inconvenient or expensive.