Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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Location: Pennsylvania, United States

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.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Catholic Bishops and The Supreme Court Ruling on Same Sex Marriage

"Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the “integral ecology” that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home. 

Jesus Christ, with great love, taught unambiguously that from the beginning marriage is the lifelong union of one man and one woman. As Catholic bishops, we follow our Lord and will continue to teach and to act according to this truth.

I encourage Catholics to move forward with faith, hope, and love: faith in the unchanging truth about marriage, rooted in the immutable nature of the human person and confirmed by divine revelation; hope that these truths will once again prevail in our society, not only by their logic, but by their great beauty and manifest service to the common good; and love for all our neighbors, even those who hate us or would punish us for our faith and moral convictions. 

Lastly, I call upon all people of good will to join us in proclaiming the goodness, truth, and beauty of marriage as rightly understood for millennia, and I ask all in positions of power and authority to respect the God-given freedom to seek, live by, and bear witness to the truth.  " 

Monday, June 15, 2015

Kyrie Litany of Pope Gelasius

The Catholic faithful always pray at each mass for the world, public leaders and for the needs of Church and for the pope especially. This has been part of the Liturgy since the early centuries of the Church. Here's a litany written for the mass by Pope Gelasius, a pope from the late 5th century. He is most known for his Decree which authoritatively listed all the books of the bible to be used as Scripture. This is also known as canonization.  (Martin Luther later removed several of these books that were in this canon, proving that Catholics never added books to the bible, but I digress)

Here's the prayer from the 5th century mass, still appropriate for todays turbulent times:

We beseech thee for an abundance of divine goodness upon the spotless Church of the living
God set up throughout the world. Kyrie eleison.

We entreat thee, Christ our Lord, for the holy priests of God the all-powerful, for the ministers
of the sacred altar and for all people who worship before thee the true God. Kyrie eleison.

Especially do we beg the manifold wisdom of Him Who is the Word of God for all who are
right bearers of the word of truth. Kyrie eleison.

We beseech the giver of spiritual gifts for all those who mortify themselves in mind and body
for the Kingdom of heaven and busy themselves with the work of spiritual things. Kyrie eleison.

We call the down the might of the Lord upon holy rulers who hold in high esteem justice and
right judgment and also upon the armies in their service. Kyrie eleison.

We entreat the Lord and Governor of the world for the comfort of good weather and suitable
rains, for the careful tending of the vital winds and the favorable course of the several seasons.
Kyrie eleison.

We beg the mercy of almighty God for those who, by virtue of their initial acknowledgement of
the Christian faith are now numbered among us and in whose hearts has been enkindled the
burning desire for heavenly grace. Kyrie eleison.

We implore the mercy of our redeemer for those caught in the weakness of human infirmity,
who rejoice in spiritual sloth or in any other worldly error. Kyrie eleison.

We pray the Lord our Savior for those undertaking long journeys or whom wicked powers have
oppressed or the hardship of hostilities have afflicted. Kyrie eleison.

We beseech the Lord of truth for those deceived by error...or heretical perversity or steeped in
pagan superstition. Kyrie eleison.

We entreat the Lord of mercies for the doers of pious works who out of fraternal charity care
for the needs of the sick. Kyrie eleison.

We invoke the Lord of glory for all who enter this holy house of the Lord and who gather here
with religious fervor and suppliant devotion. Kyrie eleison.

We beg the most merciful Lord for the strength of our souls and bodies and for the forgiveness
of all our sins. Kyrie eleison.

Saturday, June 06, 2015

Nothing Disproves Solo Scriptura More Than THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY

We recently celebrated the Feast of the Holy Trinity. On this grand solemnity, the Church once again, reminds its faithful of the truth that God is in three persons, the Blessed Trinity. The Council of Nicea in 325AD was convened predominately because the doctrine of the Trinity was not being understood among the Church. Despite the gospels and letters of the apostles being circulated among the Churches, almost half of Christendom was believing that Jesus was not truly God.
   It took a council of the Catholic Church, not just personal interpretation of Scripture, to authoritatively state that God was indeed three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Scripture alone without the authoritative voice of the Church, was not enough.