What’s the best part of being Catholic?

I love being Catholic.

I’m a convert from mainline Protestantism. I have great respect for my Protestant brothers and sisters. There are some things certain slices of Protestantism do better than Catholics. There are some things Catholics do better.

But Catholicism, more than any form of Protestantism, allows me to have an intensely personal relationship with Christ…

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Why I’m Catholic

Bread and wine consecrated by a Catholic priest becomes Christ, not in a symbolic sense but in reality.

The Church teaches that Christ’s Body, Soul, and Divinity are fully present in the Eucharist and provides our soul with the spiritual nourishment that draws us toward sainthood and salvation.

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Angels could be jealous of man for only one reason

Maximillian Kolbe possessed supernatural courage.
What else could explain what he did? Imprisoned at Auschwitz during World War II, this Catholic priest offered to go to the gas chamber in place of a fellow prisoner. As he processed to his death, he sang hymns to the Christ that had fed him with his Body and Blood his entire life, right up to the end …

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Trying to understand the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist

Holy Eucharist separates Catholics from non-Catholics.
Eucharist is at once utterly simple to understand and yet totally complex, even absurd. Jesus drew crowds wherever he went. The one time He lost His audience is the first time He tried to explain the “Real Presence” in the Gospel of John, chapter six.
Jesus probably would have lost me, too.

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The salvation of man

“You Catholics never talk about salvation.”
Those were the words from a buddy of mine. Dave was an evangelical Christian. He died earlier this year. I think about his comments often, because they represent the typical misunderstanding many Protestants have about Catholicism …

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The bread of angels

God IS love. This is how the Catholic Church views God. I think many of our Protestant brothers and sisters have the same view. In other words, love isn’t just a character trait of God, he’s not just a “loving” entity, rather he is the embodiment of love. God IS love …

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Jesus, are you really here?

By Tom Quiner [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jYHPskzYhM] I took the Bread and then I took the Cup. This happened at Mass this morning. What happened? I encountered Christ. The Catholic Catechism explains: “The signs of bread and wine become, in a way surpassing understanding, the Body and Blood of Christ; they continue also to signify the goodness of…

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An intoxicating love affair with the divine

Last night was big. It was my 31st anniversary of becoming a parent. And it was another anniversary. I attended the beautiful Easter Vigil Mass at my church. It was the 31st anniversary of my entrance into the Catholic Church, an act whose significance grows each day. My baby boy and I both came into the Church that evening in 1981. Thirty-one is a fitting number. After all, I attend a church called Holy Trinity, named in honor of our God in three forms, who nevertheless is one God. The Father. The Son. The Holy Spirit. The sweep of the Catholic Easter Vigil is awe-inspiring. It is epic …

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