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.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

"Wake Up America"

Fr. Corapi


Blogger TheGodFearinFiddler said...


January 21, 2007 12:25 PM  
Blogger Pilgrimsarbour said...

A powerful statement and one with which I can agree to some extent. Our sins are great. However, I do struggle with the issue of America as a country; when bad things happen, is this an indication that we are under God's judgement now for those sins? I'm not sure. If that's true, then most of the third world has been under heavy, sustained judgement for decades and centuries, has it not? And for what? Could it be that 9/11 was necessary as a wake-up call for this country to come face-to-face with the greatest evil of our time as God's instrument of justice? We are terribly flawed, unquestionably. God uses terribly flawed individuals and nations to carry out His will. I wonder, what other earthly national power has God raised up to face this evil? I don't know...I don't know...

January 22, 2007 1:39 AM  
Blogger NotMyOpinion30 said...

Father Corapi is great. If you get a chance you should hear his CDs on the Catechism.

Pilgrim, I don't think that he is intending to compare afflictions that we are facing or will be facing in this country with the afflictions of other nations. For the most part, he seems to be referring to the consequences that will directly result from the sins of immorality that we are guilty of here. We can and will be able to correlate those sins to those consequences.

Every country is different and has their own afflictions and graces, just like individuals. The other thing I'd like to point out is that Catholics don't believe that we are under God's judgement in these situations per se. We believe that we have judged ourselves. When we sin it is an act of the will. Sin results in a separation from God by a rejection of His grace. We choose to turn from His Light when we sin and, as a result, enter the darkness. That is our punishment. Sin is our own prison, our choice to lock ourselves away from God. Only by true repentance can we reconnect with God. And true repentance is only possible by accepting God's grace, which He constantly offers to us freely, no matter what state we've put ourselves in.

So, the consequences of our sin are not nor will they be God's wrath, as He is perfect Love and Mercy as well as perfectly Just. They are a result of all of us turning away from His grace.

In other words, once we notice the vultures circling overhead, the first action we must take is look at ourselves in the mirror. Then we will see that we have allowed ourselves to rot with sin. Our open, festering wounds show our need for immediate medical attention (through Christ by true contrition) lest we ultimately die (a spiritual death) and our corpses become food for the scavengers (devils).

What Fr. Corapi is pointing out is that the vultures have not only gathered overhead, they are so numerous that they have blotted out the sky. That is how wretched we have allowed ourselves to become.

Of course, these are just my thoughts.

January 22, 2007 12:42 PM  
Blogger catholicandgop said...

I've seen this clip a few times, and it is just as powerful every time I see it, thanks.

January 22, 2007 4:33 PM  

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