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, March 29, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
The Feast of the Annunciation: Not Just For Catholics!
Perhaps you would like to listen to this song and reflect on Mary's role in our salvation today.
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Saint Francis vs. Luther-Compare and Contrast
Did Saint Francis of Assisi criticize the pope when he was told to "hit the road?" by the pope? (See my post on this topic) No, he did not and look at the ultimate fruit of his obdedience and respect for the pope. Now, look at the fruit of Luther's criticism of the pope. Compare and contrast and it will become evident where faithful Catholics need to be regarding their attitudes towards our holy father.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Thoughts on Our Return From Rome
When I first walked into Saint Peter's basilica hand-in- hand with Deborah, we were both speechless. We also entered through a side door, rather than the main entrance. Even this had a special meaning for me since I had left this Church shaking the dust off my sneakers so many years ago. I felt it was symbolic to enter in a side entrance vs. the main entrance as most pilgrims do, since I am like an 11th hour worker (Matt. 20:6). I at times feel unworthy but incredibly
thankful for God's mercy in forgiving me and pouring out his grace, despite so many years being opposed to the Church Jesus started. Then I began to weep. I can't explain why but was overwhelmed by the sense that we had finally come to the heart of the Church where so many saints had walked and so many sinners had become saints. The first thing our group did was to celebrate mass
and I received Christ in the Eucharist a few hundred feet from where the bones of Peter are laid.
More to come.....
Friday, March 14, 2014
Crossed The Tiber!
Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Once again, God gives us the opportunity to set our heart's compass back to true North. For the next forty days, the Lord gives us a chance to fast, pray, give alms and make ourselves available to all the graces he so richly desires to bestow on his children. These graces are freely given in the sacrament of confession, the Eucharist and all the wonderful spiritual disciplines of Lent. If you have never prayed the stations of the cross, why not wander into your local Catholic parish on Friday evenings as most have the Stations of the Cross every Friday of Lent. You will be glad you did!
May God bless your Lent and help us all to grow closer to Jesus.