Archive for January 2012

Fragments of the Cross

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

At the end of November, for the first Sunday of Advent, our family made a short pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. Five or six minutes into Mass my 13 month old boy decided he could have no more of it and committed himself to a […]

A Response to Scott Clark and Robert Godfrey on “The Lure of Rome”

Jan 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Not that long ago, Scott Clark and Robert Godfrey, professors at Westminster Seminary California, posted a podcast in which they discuss the question of why some Evangelical Christians, including some Calvinists, convert to the Catholic Church. It is hard to pass up the chance to hear someone else’s reaction to one’s own story, so I tuned […]

How Will the Catholic Faith Change Your Marriage? (Part 6 on Becoming Catholic)

Jan 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Most adult Protestants are married and value marriage. Nevertheless, Protestants are adamant that marriage is not a sacrament. Hence, Protestants and Catholics have a fundamental disagreement over the nature of marriage. So then, one of the most neglected considerations regarding a conversion to the Catholic Faith is how it will affect your marriage. How?

Closing: Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 25th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“While experiencing these days the painful situation of our divisions, we Christians can and must look to the future with hope,” Pope Benedict XVI told a packed basilica of St Paul’s outside-the-walls Wednesday evening, “because Christ’s victory means to overcome everything that keeps us from sharing the fullness of life with Him and with others.” […]

Going to Confession: How it Works (Part 5 of Becoming Catholic)

Jan 24th, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For Protestants, the most unknown aspect of Catholic devotional life is confession. Unless you’re Catholic, you cannot experience it. A Protestant can attend a Catholic baptism, confirmation, wedding, ordination, and Holy Mass; however, he cannot attend a confession or know what it’s like until he actually makes one for the first time.

Day 6: Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Most gracious God, on this day of the March for Life, may your servants who marched side by side be rewarded with the strength of perseverance, with the deepest hope in your goodness, and with a renewed desire for unity with the separated brothers and sisters with whom they marched.

Baltimore Episcopal Parish to Join Ordinariate

Jan 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Unity in the News

Cardinal-designate Edwin F. O’Brien, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, announced Jan. 19 that Mount Calvary Church, a Baltimore parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland, will be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church through the newly created Anglican Ordinariate for the United States Read the whole story here.

Salvation Pinball & the Devotional Life of Catholics (Part 4 of Becoming Catholic)

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Yesterday we examined difficulties that Catholic converts experience in the context of family life. Today we look at how how your devotional might change when you become a Catholic. What would change?

Day 5: Prayer for Christian Unity

Jan 22nd, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Jesus Christ, true God and true man, we know You most fully in your Blessed Sacrament, offered to us as You offered Yourself to the world in the Bethlehem manger. We know that you desire the unity of Your Body. We know that you are grieved when a foot is cut off or a limb […]

What Would Your Family Say…If You Became Catholic? (Part 3 on Becoming Catholic)

Jan 21st, 2012 | By | Category: Blog Posts

For the last two daily posts, I’ve shared personal aspects of becoming Catholic. Today I move to one of the most difficult parts of that decision, the judgment of your family. For most people, this is the largest obstacle to becoming Catholic.