This weekend we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). The Holy Eucharist is the central focus of the Mass because Jesus gives us himself for our nourishment to help us in this life. But it is truly much more than that. Continue reading
If you look at the question posed in the title of this post, you might be wondering if I am hinting that conversion is not as important as it is made out to be. No, but I am merely trying to uncover why this emphasis on that first conversion to Christ seems to be the “end all and be all” for many Evangelical Christians. Their focus is heavily weighted on that first encounter with the grace of God tugging on our heartstrings to realize our need for God and be “Born again.” Continue reading
The National Catholic Reporter asked both a knowledge question, and a belief question in their 2011 survey about the Eucharist. They found that half of adult Catholics (50 percent) know the church’s teaching regarding the real presence and half do not. We also found that close to two-thirds of adult Catholics (63 percent) believe that “at the consecration during a Catholic Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Therefore, more adult Catholics believe the statement than understand its source. But how are these two items related? Continue reading
If someone feels led to join and become a member of the Church Jesus founded (the Catholic Church), must they always go through the process known as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)? In order to answer that question, let us first take a look at what RCIA is. Continue reading
Have you ever seen the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark?” Harrison Ford plays a character named “Indiana Jones.” He sets out to find the lost “Ark of the Covenant.” This Ark is refereed to in the Old Testament of the Bible. God told Mosses to build an Ark (Ex 25:10), which was a box made and covered with gold. This box was to hold three things: the written word of God on the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments; the budded rod of Aaron, signifying his role as high priest; and a pot of manna, the mysterious “bread from heaven” which God gave to the Jews in the wilderness.
Now, why is it that Mary is given the title “Ark of the Covenant?” Continue reading
To open up his Gospel, St. John writes; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).” He goes on to say; “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father (1:14).” Jesus is the light of the world that shines in the darkness. How do we see and feel His presence in our life. Continue reading
If you are a non-Catholic Christian, have you ever wondered why you are not permitted to come and receive Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass? Maybe you have attended a Wedding Mass or a Funeral Mass and was told by the Priest that only Catholics are permitted to come up for communion. Continue reading