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.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Crossed The Tiber!

Crossing the Tiber is the euphemism to describe conversion to the Catholic faith. To get to the Eternal City, one has to cross the bridge across the Tiber.
   Ten years ago, my wife and I crossed the Tiber spiritually, returning to the Catholic faith after nearly a lifetime of being evangelical Protestants. This week we have been blessed to physically cross the Tiber River to come to Saint Peter's to celebrate our tenth anniversary of coming home to the same faith passed from Jesus to his successors.
   We prayed at Saint Peter's tomb and prayed at the site where he was crucified upside down. We saw the ancient obelisk that was the last thing he saw before he died. We received Jesus Christ in the Eucharist in the basilica of Saint Peter as countless saints and sinners have done since the construction of the Church in the early 4th century.
  It is hard to describe the emotions we experienced as we realized we were now both physically and spiritually in the Church that was built upon the one who received the keys of the kingdom from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We are home by his grace and for his glory.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How awesome for you. When I was vacationing in North Carolina, I saw on the Church Channel this black Methodist pastor who was filmed at St. Peter's Square and bashing the church and blowing a ram's horn (Was that symbolic in some way?) and then claimed that the "Vatican police" grabbed him and ejected him roughly but the camera somehow suspiciously did not catch that part (?) which they surely would have filmed given the chance. It was all very strange. And this guy looked so egotistical and hateful. It was not Christ-like at all; I was a bit unnerved and dismayed. I'm certain that crap probably happens all the time over there. I hope Jesus was able to get into his heart a bit when he was over there spreading him some hate. I did say a prayer for him. Julie

March 14, 2014 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

How marvelous, Russ! That is a memory to treasure forever. Hope you have more tales to tell.

March 14, 2014 5:13 PM  
Anonymous RenĂ©e said...

There's a Church Channel?? Learned something new....

So glad you and Deborah could make the trip, Russ! God bless you! Remember to pray for us back here!

March 15, 2014 1:41 PM  
Blogger Russ Rentler, M.D. said...

Will do Renee!!

March 15, 2014 5:08 PM  

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