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, April 09, 2007

He'll Leave the Light On Fer Ya

My brother-in-law came into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Saturday. He had been Lutheran and already had been baptized so he received the sacraments of confirmation and the Eucharist. Earlier in the week he had received the sacrament of reconciliation in his first confession. (He told me if the sky darkened on Wednesday, it was because of his confession :)

A young women at the Vigil Mass was baptized and then received confirmation and Christ in the Eucharist! From the waters of baptism, the blood of Christ was applied and the guilt of her sins was washed away. At that very moment, it was as if she had never sinned. Her soul was as clean as a newborn baby's. Can you imagine the grace that was flowing throughout the world in every parish in every country as they took in the new candidates and catecheumens*? Jesus was dispensing grace via the sacraments to the whole world as has been the way of the Church since the beginning.

So much grace, so much grace.

An argument is often made that the sacraments separate Christ from the believer and that the sacrament is elevated and Christ is denigrated. Nothing could be further from the actual reality that occurs in the administering of the sacraments. They are signs that truly convey the actual grace of God that they point to. Christ gives himself via the sacraments. They are efficacious meaning Christ accomplishes His work through them.
When Jesus healed the man with clay and spit, was it the clay and spit that healed the man? we know that it was Jesus, but he used physical means to do it. Same thing with the Sacraments.

So, congratulations to all the new Catholics out there. I pray that you continue to grow in grace by frequent encounters with Jesus in the Eucharist, the confessional and in prayer. If there is a nearby parish, find out what time their daily Mass is and don't be a stranger. He'll leave the light on fer ya!

*Candidate is a baptized Christian desiring entrance into the Church. The Catholic Church recognizes the work of God in baptism regardless of what denomination it occurred in as long as it was conferred with the correct form and manner. (Use of water with the Trinitarian formula)
Catecheumen is a non-baptized person desiring entrance into the Church.


Anonymous theo said...

Actually, her soul was *cleaner* than a newborn baby's. :-)


April 09, 2007 11:24 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Yes Theo Absolutley right! Cleansed of original sin, I forgot about that!
It's a beautiful thing to see.

April 09, 2007 3:04 PM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

Until the day I die, the memory of the night I was baptized into the Catholic Church will be fresh like it was yesterday. God's grace was overflowing and I was in total ecstasy.

BTW, hope you had a blessed Triduum, TJ.

April 09, 2007 7:23 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

I sure did Nancy. Lent was a great blessing and I am so thankful for it.
We have found such riches in the Church!

April 09, 2007 10:22 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Thank you, from this NEW Catholic! It's great to be home!

Wonderful post!

April 10, 2007 12:17 AM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

TJ...we're on the same page again. Funny how that works. : )

I wrote a post a while back about "the light on" and had the whole "Motel 6" thing going on in my head, too.

These riches are so vast and grace so abundant...I"m only sorry it took me so long and that I was so late to see the "Light in the window."

But as they say, "Better late than never!"

April 10, 2007 7:00 AM  
Anonymous Cyndi Baker said...

I'm so excited for you and can relate with all of your emotions on your experience of entering into full communion with the Church. I reverted to the Church in 2002 and I still get an exhilerated feeling of JOY when I read about those who are considering The most Holy Catholic Church -- especially if they're evangelical Christians and those who abandoned the teaching of The Church.

**Welcome Home!!!**
**May God Bless You!**

The best spiritual experiences are yet to come, Amber - Your spirituality gets better, richer, fuller and less self & increased Christ-likeness in a short period of time. It will be magnificently holy experiences -- full of mercy & love...your cup will overflow..

Cyndi Baker

April 11, 2007 8:58 PM  

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