It is a paradox that the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is a great Mystery that demands our whole self to be captured by so that our whole self might be set free. Yet, how difficult it is to always be offering the full self at all of the Mass?
Using sacred Scripture, writings from the fathers, councils, popes, doctors, Catholic theologians and those who are opposed to the Catholic teaching on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony, I intend to communicate the history of the Catholic idea of marriage and then offer a series of propositions on the role that grace and sacrificial love plays in husband and wife becoming one flesh through the Sacrament made specifically for it.
Adam Crawford (of A Faith-Full Life – http://adamncrawford.com/) comes on My Catholic Conversion to talk about how the pursuit of truth and consistency lead him and his whole family home the Catholic Church. Come and listen to this powerful conversion story!!!
I admit that I struggle with this at every Mass. I’m not Westernized at all. My interior disposition is one of complete joy. When I see the priest elevates the Host I want to dance like David danced. Oftentimes my hands that are in a prayer positions start silently clapping.
By the time Roy Johnston (of Becoming Catholic – https://becomingacatholic.wordpress.com/) was seven years old he had been to seances and horrifically abused by his father. By the time he was eighteen, he had acted out on same sex attraction. By the time he was thirty, he had been involved with Native American worship rituals. Then everything changed when he found himself drunk in a Catholic Church and encountered Jesus the Holy Eucharist. He finally found the God He had been searching for his enter life.
What is clearly inferred out of Jesus’ commissions is that this is an ongoing work that will naturally extend beyond the lifespan of the Apostles.
As we have seen with the two earlier Anti-Catholic Myths and Lies (Constantine Founded the Catholic Church and the Pope is the Antichrist), the origin of these mendacious stories are always grounded in someone’s wild imagination, which has not connection to historical facts.
Those who posit that the Pope or the papacy is the Antichrist are troubled to be able to actually prove it, especially through Scripture alone, to which they have to rely, otherwise be found to be inconsistent at minimum for their reliance on interpretative tradition, which began with man who clearly was a mentally disturbed and very prideful.