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.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Wherever The Bishop Is....

Last evening, the new Bishop of Allentown came to celebrate Mass for the Lehigh deaneries (a cluster of parishes in the Lehigh County) It was a chance for us to get to see the bishop and see the Church at work from a larger perspective. As the bishop walked in preceded by a deacon holding the Gospel high in his hands, I started to get a little teary. I was moved by watching this ancient practice of a bishop, who can trace his lineage to Jesus and the apostles, tending his flock, obeying the command of Jesus to watch over his sheep. There was something surreal about it. Watching a bishop who by the serial laying on of hands over 1900 years is in direct historic continuity with the Church that gave us the New Testament. Quite something to ponder. St. Ignatius who was taught by some of the apostles and learned what church governance and authority was from them wrote this in 107 AD on his way to Rome for martyrdom:

“You must all follow the bishop as Jesus Christ follows the Father, and the presbytery as you would the Apostles. Wherever the bishop appears, let the people be there; just as wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church” Epistle to the Smyrnaeans, 8).


Blogger Jeffrey Pinyan said...

Was that at St. Thomas More?

Wonderful about your new bishop!

September 09, 2009 11:44 AM  
Blogger kkollwitz said...

Apostolic succession is indeed a reflect on this living chain of laid hands stretching back nearly two millennia to Jesus & the twelve reminds me of the Holy Sprirt's quiet guidance.

September 09, 2009 10:43 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholics said...

Talk about a "prayer chain!"

September 11, 2009 8:24 AM  

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