Sometimes I Hunger for This

I am a Catholic writer.

I am a Catholic.

I am Catholic.

I am.

And I am happy there, in the Church that Christ built, enjoying the fullness of faith.

I am grateful for Christ’s presence on the altar at the Consecration, in the tabernacle all the time, in the Eucharist, in me.

I remember that when our youngest son was still in school, he once told me that when he didn’t know why something was right or wrong, he knew he could always ask his Dad and me.  And if we didn’t know, he knew we’d find out and explain it to him.

The Catholic Church is like that.  If you don’t first understand a complex teaching–say purgatory, or  sexual morality, or original sin, or actual grace, or the hypostatic union–the Church will have a completely logical explanation and a long tradition in support of big-”T” Truth.

I am a Catholic.

But once in a while, I look back to a time when I worshipped at an evangelical church, and I am wistful.  I remember the experiential faith of the believers who gathered there.  My evangelical friends–sometimes affectionately called “hands-uppers”–were so focused, so unabashed in their praise of God, that one couldn’t help but be conscious of His presence.

I am grateful for the exuberant witness of those evangelical friends, for the ease with which they speak of spiritual things.  Catholics may have all seven of the sacraments instituted by Christ, but often, they wear their faith awkwardly, mumbling the prayers during the Sunday liturgy, keeping their quiet, enduring faith to themselves.

We have much to learn from our Christian brothers and sisters in faith, while at the same time, we have much to teach.  What power there would be, were we all gathered together!  I am reminded of Jesus’ high priestly prayer to the Father in John 17:21,

“…that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.”

This video is a little long.  Take time to watch it, and let yourself be inspired–not just by the song, the lyrics, but by the robust faith that is shared and so joyously expressed.

  • Christina

    It is our choice to live Catholicism joyfully, or awkwardly. We’re ‘taught’ to be more awkward, or at the least, quiet. It’s uncomfortable at first, but we can learn to be more joyful. It feels so good! Plus, people will notice even more, and ask you for your source of joy! :) http://lifeisanopenbooktest.blogspot.com

    • Antiphon411

      Bingo.

  • Kan Nee

    The problem with us Catholics is that we’re trying to be ‘politically correct’ !

  • Mary

    You don’t have to miss this, Kathy! Praise and worship music can be found in the Charismatic Renewal and some ACTS groups have great praise music and heartful praise and sharing. Thank you so much for sharing this video! I love, love, love it.

  • Antiphon411

    Regarding evangelical “hands-uppers” and prayer-mumbling Catholics:

    Remember the words of Our Lord: “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men” (Matt. 6.5)

    It was only recently in the Catholic Church that active participation came to be narrowly defined as the so-called “dialogue Mass”, wherein the entire congregation is expected to loudly call out the parts of the Mass hitherto said at the altar by the servers on behalf of the congregation. The laity used to pray the Mass in their hearts rather than with their lips. Many used the time for other prayer, e.g. the Rosary (as I do today whenever I am at a Novus Ordo Mass instead of a Traditional Latin Mass).

    We must keep in mind that an awesome event is taking place at the altar; it is hardly time for cacophony. The Protestants can only pretend to worship God with their voices, devoid as their “churches” are of the Sacraments and the Grace they bring.

    Regarding your notion that Catholics have anything to learn from Protestants, I link for your edification: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/pius_xi/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_19280106_mortalium-animos_en.html


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