February 10, 2015

Satan cannot drive out Satan. A house, or a kingdom, cannot be divided against itself. The synoptic gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all record this profound event in the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ. After healing a demon-possessed man, Jesus is confronted by the Pharisees, the pious religious leaders of the time, who question what authority Jesus has to cast out demons. They suggest, since Jesus certainly can’t possibly be working through the power of God, that it must be… Read more

February 9, 2015

I’ve written before about digging deep into Church history and the sort of dangerous pursuit that it can turn out to be. Indeed, lots of those diggers before me have dug around and wound up, like myself, on the rapid road to Rome. This in and of itself is fascinating. One observation I’ve made, while digging into the history of Christianity, is the confounding reality of just how amnesiac we are about the history of our own faith. I say… Read more

February 7, 2015

It goes nearly without saying that the prime objection of the Protestant to Catholicism is a fourteen year-old Jewish girl who said, “Yes,” and became the bearer of God. Rather, the prime objection of the Protestant to Catholicism is exactly what Catholicism has done with that 14-year old Jewish girl who gave birth to Jesus Christ—and that is to give her supreme esteem, an honour, and love. And that, on the face of it, sounds like a pretty decent thing to… Read more

February 3, 2015

When I originally set out on this journey from Protestantism to Catholicism I didn’t know exactly what to expect. At a certain point, however, I became Catholic. At a certain point in the journey I found the claims and practices of the Catholic Christian faith to be, as I put it, historically, intellectually, and spiritually compelling. I told this to a Catholic friend I met a couple of months ago and he suggested, politely, that I consider adding aesthetically compelling as well. I… Read more

February 1, 2015

Since digging deeper into Catholic theology it’s become clear to me that, for those who swear by a literal interpretation of Scripture, the Catholic understanding of the Lord’s Supper should be the most preferable. The sixth chapter of the Gospel of John is a fascinating one for a number of reasons. First, John records Jesus turning a little’s boys meager offering of five loaves and two fish into enough food to feed five thousand men (not counting women and children). Next, John… Read more

January 28, 2015

I’ve written recently about how the setbacks and difficulties I’ve experienced while becoming Catholic have all, in the end, served to create in me something new—something better than what was there before. This experience, in itself, has been fairly remarkable. When I hit a low, when I encounter a significant challenge to my journey, or experience a particularly seasonally-depressing day, God uses this to do something great. It’s happen time and time again and, I guess, I shouldn’t be terribly surprised…. Read more

January 26, 2015

Somewhere along the way I picked up this quote by Henri Nouwen and, lately, it’s been deeply resonant, You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking. I came at this whole Catholicism thing, initially, as a way of better understanding my own faith. I remember rationalizing it that way, at first. There are some great ideas in the Catholic Church, to be sure, and I wanted to… Read more

January 22, 2015

I’ve written a lot about sola scriptura, the Reformation belief that Scripture—the Bible—is the ultimate authority on matters of faith. I’ve written a lot about it because it’s been one of the primary drivers of my journey towards Catholicism. In a nutshell, I don’t believe that a God who is who He says He is would leave each individual up to their own interpretation. (Yes, He left us the Holy Spirit but we still end up with a multitude of differing private… Read more

January 21, 2015

I have a story to tell. Unlike most stories we tell I don’t think this one has a moral takeaway or objective life lesson to teach. Actually, I’m sure it does, but I haven’t found it yet—and that’s the awesome part about journeying, some things we experience don’t click right away. Sometimes, actually, mostly all the time, the longview is absolutely stunning. Even if you can’t see the forest for the trees when you’re in the thick of it. This is… Read more

January 19, 2015

I’ve been following the Pope for some time now, beginning around the election of Pope Benedict XVI. This is around the same time a certain Catholic priest started podcasting from the Vatican—a podcast I would later discover, a podcast that would soften my heart and open my eyes to the world of Catholicism. I can remember, at the election of Pope Benedict, watching and rewatching Habemus Papam video on YouTube. Even as a Protestant with, then, only a passing interest… Read more

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