Why I am Catholic (part 11): False Charges of Cannibalism
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by Peter F
2d ago
At the company where I work, an employee posted this on a public Slack channel for all to read: “Catholics believe that they are actually eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Jesus during communion. The priest says the magic words and the cracker and wine are magically transformed into the ACTUAL FLESH AND BLOOD of Jesus Christ. Ok, maybe I am stretching, but there is no denying that it is RITUAL cannibalism.” Now, if this kind of language was used on any other religion or identity, the person would have been fired. If I had written a half-truth about Islam or sexual identity, I would be ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 10): The Blood of the Cancelled
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by Peter F
5d ago
This has all happened before. It is happening now. It will happen again. Our command is to endure, as those who came before us. And he said to them, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man, to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? For what can a man give in return for his life? For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of man also ..read more
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The Dog and The Wolf: Removing the Collar
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by Peter F
2w ago
In recent posts I’ve been down on technology, but before I go off and join the local Amish community, I want to discuss one of Aesop’s fables. This one is called The Dog and the Wolf. Here’s the story: A starving wolf meets a healthy dog and compliments him on his sleek appearance. The dog describes his life of ease and invites the wolf to join him. As they go on their way, the wolf asks why the fur about the dog's neck is worn away. The dog replies that it is merely caused by the collar he has to wear at home. The wolf then leaves, declaring that a full belly is a poor price to pay for libert ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 9): Seat of Moses, Chair of Peter
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by Peter F
1M ago
As for the failures of the Church: the faithful and the faithless have failed to be perfect in all eras and situations and nations since the beginning of time, and on that all groups agree. If you don’t believe me, you haven’t read the Old Testament or the Greek epics or even Native American myths, because all takes are full of fallen man. The news from last evening where I live was full of overdoses, murders, and domestic disputes. We cannot keep the Commandments, not without help from above. This is kind of the whole point of the person of Jesus, and why he came, in case you didn’t know, and ..read more
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Why I Am Catholic (part 8): The Perfect Family
Why Did Peter Sink?
by Peter F
1M ago
You do not end up in the Catholic Church by accident. Even for the cradle Catholic who strays, a full return cannot happen without a deep search. For most people that convert or revert, it’s a long story. It’s a battle. The truth is: we resist the Church. We struggle with it. But many end up in the Catholic Church because they wrestled with faith and reason for a long time before having the moment that they understood why Jesus started this Church. They suddenly stop hating the Pope, as they were often instructed to do, and submit to that authority. We dislike authority. That is our nature. Th ..read more
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Why I Am Catholic (part 6): More Than a Feeling
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by Peter F
1M ago
I always sensed that something wasn’t right. I’m not sure if it’s a blessing or a curse. But even as a kid, I knew that something didn’t feel right. It was a sense of incompleteness. Heck, I’m not sure if anyone did. But something was amiss. Something was out of order. I couldn’t put my finger on it so I went looking for who might know the answer. I thought maybe Protestants knew, or atheists, or academics, or Buddhists, or workaholics, or athletes, or bums, or wildlings who closed the bars down. The search went on and on. But no matter where I explored, something wasn’t quite right. What seem ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 5): The Real “Spirit Murder”
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by Peter F
1M ago
People don’t really hate the Catholic Church. They hate what they’ve been taught is the Church, most of which is untrue. This quote from Fulton “the quote machine” Sheen sums it up: There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church — which is, of course, quite a different thing. These millions can hardly be blamed for hating Catholics because Catholics “adore statues”; because they “put the Blessed Mother on the same level with God”; because they say “indulgence i ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 4): The Problem with "Faith Alone"
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by Peter F
1M ago
Before getting too far in this post, I want to start out with an admission. I am under no presumption of my salvation. I do not subscribe to the “Once saved, always saved” life insurance plan. To me, that is like saying, “I’m a marathon runner,” because I ran one two years ago. But I probably couldn’t even finish one today. There is work that must accompany the claim of being a marathon runner if I intend to use that label in the present tense. God may be outside of space and time, but I’m certainly not. Thus the assurance of salvation that Protestants cling to is not for me, because it doesn ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 3): My Personal "Herschel Walker Trade"
Why Did Peter Sink?
by Peter F
1M ago
One day it dawned on me, after the long journey of having fallen away and then returning to the faith of a child. I made the worst trade imaginable. I had doubts about a few people and some political issues, so I ditched God. I had doubts about something of this world, so I turned away the Creator of it. I saw the faults of some human beings or current events or pain, so I decided to throw out the baby with the bathwater. After all, I wanted knowledge, so I put science in God’s place. I thought I’d made a good trade. In hindsight, this is baffling to me. The Herschel Walker trade, which destro ..read more
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Why I am Catholic (part 2): We Didn’t Start the Fire
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by Peter F
1M ago
One great thing about our age is that humanism and scientism have sown the seeds for the return of faith. Let me explain. One of the mantras of modern education, especially in America, is: “Question Everything.” This has become a commandment, right after the first commandment of “Believe in Yourself.” Surely, the first commandment of modernity is “Thou shalt have no gods before Thy Self.” Through life experience, study, and observing others who follow this commandment, who believe in themselves, I have found this first modern commandment to be a tragic falsehood. Twenty years of personal resea ..read more
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