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.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Hope For A Change

Sarah Palin was baptized into the Catholic faith and was re-baptized into the Assembly of God denomination as a teen. (Been there, done that) As my late Catholic Mom always told me after I left the Catholic Church as a young teen: "Once a Catholic, always a Catholic." Maybe we will have a revert Catholic VP someday. One never knows.


Blogger Bekah said...

I can't deny that I've said a few prayers toward the same direction for her and her family. I can't help but believe that the Church is the fullest and most reason-able expression of Christianity, and as devoted a Christian as I've heard she is, would love to invite her to deepen her faith with us. ;)

September 05, 2008 11:11 AM  
Blogger George Weis said...

Ha! Then my wife is in trouble :D She was raised in the CC and now she is about as opposed to it as I USED to be :D Weird!


September 05, 2008 10:10 PM  
Blogger Athanasius contra mundum said...

Stranger things have been known to happen.

September 06, 2008 1:35 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

She may be George :)

It's very common for ex Catholics to be the most vocal about not wanting to be Catholic. I for one am a prime example.
I have asked myself now (over the past 4 years) countless times why did I leave this Church? My conclusion is this: No Catholic ever leaves the Church fully knowing and believing that Jesus is really present, soul body and divinity in the Eucharist. Had I really understood that Jesus was truly present in the Mass and residing in the tabernacle, why would I go anywhere else?
Sadly, akin to God of the universe coming to us as a babe in a manger (that goes unnoticed by most of the world), the most sublime mystery of the universe, God with us in the appearance of bread and wine, continues to go unnoticed by the many of us Catholics who go to Mass.
I suspect if you query your wife as to whether she really believed that she was receiving Jesus every Sunday, she would likely say she didn't believe or understand that.(Forgive me if I am making assumptions about your loved one that aren't true) I certainly didn't believe Jesus was in this Church, really substantially present, at 14 years of age when I had a conversion experience outside the Church. Despite the fact at every Mass, the priest holds up the Eucharist and says "This is the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world" Familiarity breeds contempt and sadly, I was one of those many Catholics who didn't hear the words of the Liturgy as they are being prayed Sunday after Sunday.

September 06, 2008 7:58 AM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

Amen Bek!

September 06, 2008 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Ed said...

Let's remember that Palin "left" the Catholic Church long before she was old enough to make any kind of choice. Though she was baptized, she hasn't really rejected Catholicism. Though her soul has the imprint of baptism on it, in every other way, I simply consider to be one of the best examples of evangelicalism. I was a supporter of Romney in the primaries. I wish more voters could have remembered that we weren't electing a pastor or theologian. In the same way, we're not doing so with Palin. I would MUCH prefer a pro-life evangelical in office than a pro-abortion "Catholic" pol. And the fact that she has five kids (and thus is perhaps inadvertently a potentially great witness against contraception) - is icing on the cake.

September 07, 2008 1:08 AM  
Blogger TJ said...

Ed said :":I would MUCH prefer a pro-life evangelical in office than a pro-abortion "Catholic" pol. And the fact that she has five kids (and thus is perhaps inadvertently a potentially great witness against contraception) - is icing on the cake."


September 07, 2008 9:29 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Great comments! I'm hoping to see her on the Journey Home program! But as my one friend said, "She's more "CATHOLIC" than many "Catholics!" We are so excited here in Omaha for this VP choice of McCains. It lifted my heart so to hear her acceptance speech Friday, Aug 29. I said to my friend, Mary, at work: "Looks like Our Lady of Victory has given us one! A BIG ONE!" We've been elated but the fight goes on and we can't let up one iota in our prayers, our vigilance cannot be slackened in this most crucial election. I pray for the many "Catholics" who support Obama to be open to TRUTH and seek in their hearts the courage to vote for McCain because of Sarah Palin's Pro Life stance and her best "voice" on the Life Issue was simply standing there on that stage with her family...and her little baby with Down Syndrome. He shone like an angel in that place. As said Padre Pio, "Pray. Hope. Don't worry."

September 08, 2008 8:08 AM  

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