Somewhere between fighting it and the Faith: fairness, fondness and fear

Protestants on that Roman Road Over ninety years before I was received into the Roman Catholic Church, G.K. Chesterton, knighted The Apostle of Common Sense, laid down a few mile markers that adult-converts into the Church can expect to see along the way.  Uncannily, he was spot-on.  It is good to find another soul who sees it the same way.  In The Catholic Church and Conversion, Chesterton provides more than a few of those moments.  Almost like hand in glove was Chesterton’s reflection that when a person stops fighting against the Church, resolving to be fair, the person develops a fondness for Her.…

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Caveat lecturem

Reader beware One cannot be too careful with their choice of books.  Many, many years ago I started reading C.S. Lewis.  His writings have been the source of amazing joys and journeys.  To my Protestant friends, be very careful with Lewis.  Even if you are convinced, as I was, that Rome is wrong, do not let Lewis lull you to sleep.  You must keep your defenses up to remain put. Many years ago, I discovered another author.  G.K. Chesterton.  This prolific writer, arguably the greatest of the twentieth century, produced an incredible book that I have read and re-read:  The…

Fiat’s firm foundation

Questioning Sola Scriptura, I found fiat’s ground in the Roman Catholic Church.   I found no Scriptural basis for me to be the sole and final interpreter of Sacred Scripture.  When I take on that role, I place myself outside the four corners of the Holy Bible.  Our Lord did not set things up like that.  And, when I looked around, there was only one church making the claim to faithfully and infallibly interpret Scripture. Remember the pillar and foundation of truth from my last post:  “But if I should be delayed, you should know how to behave in the…

The Bible alone, is it your pillar and foundation of truth?

Yes, this is a trick question. I came into the world for this; to bear witness to the truth; and all who are on the side of truth listen to My voice.  (John 18:37*) The intuitive answer is, “Of course, the Bible alone is my pillar and foundation of truth!”  How can it be otherwise?  The Bible itself, however, answers the question differently.  Please keep reading.   So, Sola Scriptura’s unscriptural? The purpose of this post, and more to follow, is to explain my discovery that the Christian’s pillar and foundation of truth is not the Bible alone.  So says…

Lord, have mercy on unjust judges. Like me.

I was prepared to confess having been unfair with the evidence. But that seems a varnish. That suggests a weighing of evidence, maybe giving one side more weight than the other. No, I had ignored evidence. I disallowed witnesses to testify. Over 17 years ago, I was an unjust judge. That realization did not mean Rome was right. It meant I had not fairly considered the Church’s claims. Also, as a lawyer, I realized that we, the Protestants, had the burden of proof. The Church came first, then protesters later. Since the Protestants brought the case, they must carry the…

Any church but Rome, right?

Does it really matter? Does is really matter which church? I believed the Bible and I really wanted to follow Jesus.  But what does that even mean? Do I believe the Bible to the extent I agree with a particular church’s statement of faith, or a particular tradition’s catechism? Does following Jesus boil down to my own subjective interpretation of Scripture? Is this subjective soup really what Jesus intended? He refers to Himself as “the truth”. Is this Protestant free-for-all what He intended? Why after 2,000 years are we always reinventing the wheel? I was not content with accepting Jesus…

The True Light Enlightens Everyone

God’s logos enlightens Justin Martyr In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” (John 1:1-2; The Word, Greek: logos) Citations to Sacred Scripture come from New American Bible, Revised Edition. Other citations, unless so noted, come from St. Justin Martyr, The First and Second Apologies, translated with introduction and notes by Leslie William Barnard, Paulist Press, 1997. Saint Justin Martyr, a mid-second-century Church Father, was martyred between 162 and 167 C.E. A Samaritan, Justin was born at Flavia Neapolis, near what was the ancient…

The Wheat of God

Bread of Christ   I am the wheat of God and am ground by the teeth of the wild beasts, that I may be found the pure bread of Christ. Ignatius of Antioch, circa A.D. 107 The Lord’s Supper, a Protestant Sacrament I had never belonged to a church where the bread of communion is really “the flesh of our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Rather, the Lord’s Supper was a memorial. Or a symbol. Or a picture. In my Baptist and Presbyterian worlds, we learned: The Lord’s Supper is a symbolic act of obedience whereby members of the church, through partaking…

Myth became fact

A gallop with the King      Yes, in joy you shall go forth, in peace you shall be brought home; Mountains and hills shall break out in song before you, all trees of the field shall clap their hands. Isaiah 55:12 (NAB)      And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 (NAB)   The pages of Sacred Scripture rustle with hints and wonders, even outright promises, that one day this fallen world will be different.…

All Roads Lead To Rome

Backroads in the Bible Belt The early years “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3, KJV). Sitting on my dad’s bed, reading the Gospel of Saint John, Chapter 14 with him, is one of my earliest memories. Before…