A Fresh Take on Transubstantiation (For Me, At Least)

It’s 7:07am here, and yes, I’ve pulled an all-nighter.  I get caught up in the endless information the internet offers me, and I forget to sleep.  I’ve spent the last hour or so on Listverse, reading lists relating to Catholic theology and Church history.  Naturally, a religion-centered article is bound to spark controversy on a secular site.  I read through the comments, and I noticed a heated debate going over the concept of “one true Church.”  Anyway, a Catholic girl was attempting to explain that one of the major aspects of Catholicism that distinguishes us from all other Christian sects is the Eucharist:

God created everything. Creation bows to the Will of the Creator. Jesus is God. Therefore, Creation bows to His Will. When He said “this is my body,” it did not matter that it physically was unleavened bread. When the Father said, “Let there be Light,” Creation simply obeyed. So it is when the Son said, “this is my body.”

Whoa.  I’m a pretty well-versed Catholic, and I’ve heard a lot of really great theological explanations of the Transubstantiation, but something about this girl’s words really blew my mind.  I mean, I can’t count the Sundays I’ve sat in the pews waiting for Communion and trying to wrap my mind around the fact that the wine and unleavened bread become, through the celebration of the Mass, the real, physical Blood and Body of Christ.  I work so hard at trying to rationalize this mystery.  I practically beg for the spiritual understanding to grasp this great mystery, but reading the Listverse comment really changed my perspective.

God is not bound to the physical limitations of this world.  The Living Truth, the great I AM need only speak, and the Truth is born from His lips.  Creation bows to the Will of the Creator.  Wow, that’s mind-boggling.  The concept of Word Made Flesh is, at once, simple and infinitely beyond human cognizance.  God is great, is all I can say.

Well, I really should go to sleep.  The sun is rising, and my oxygen-deprived migraine is starting to kick in.

— ♥thelightiswhite

In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.  – John 1:1-2

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Eve and Mary

Biblical typology will blow your mind, I swear.

Christ Lives! In Him I Trust!

A treatise against the heresies, by St Irenaeus

As Eve was seduced by the word of an angel and so fled from God after disobeying his word, Mary in her turn was given the good news by the word of an angel, and bore God in obedience to his word. As Eve was seduced into disobedience to God, so Mary was persuaded into obedience to God; thus the Virgin Mary became the advocate of the virgin Eve.The Lord, coming into his own creation in visible form, was sustained by his own creation which he himself sustains in being. His obedience on the tree of the cross reversed the disobedience at the tree in Eden; the good news of the truth announced by an angel to Mary, a virgin subject to a husband, undid the evil lie that seduced Eve, a virgin espoused to a husband.
Christ gathered all things into…

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The Prayer of St. Francis

I’ve been thinking for a while that I want to start posting more music.  Over the last few years, I’ve found a good amount of worship music, and it’s helped me out so much.  As my favorite prodigal son St. … Continue reading

Catholic Movie Night

You know, I never took people seriously when they said that exposing yourself to negative, morally questionable content brings you down spiritually.  Kind of stupid of me, right?  All I know is that over the past week or so, I’ve … Continue reading

Fervor

It’s time for me to really shake off the lethargy of past sin and run full-speed at actively rebuilding my foundation in Christ.  I’ve been thinking this for several months.  There are people I want to help, things I want … Continue reading

Lost Causes and Signs

Just a reminder that you and I serve a wonderful, merciful, omnipotent God.  His love is unconditional and all-consuming.  He also knows that we, as mere human beings, cannot begin to understand the implications of His love and mercy, so … Continue reading

High on the list of things that make me sad…

Jesus-Is-Savior.com has a lot to say about us Catholics, and none of it is flattering.  Some of it is really hard to stomach, but it’s a reminder to me that we need to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ who have let fear harden their hearts.  Living the faith in a world so convoluted can be confusing, and sometimes we end up condemning what is good and true in our efforts to seek the Truth.  Lord, let us be loving and compassionate as we work to steer our wayward neighbors back toward your Church.

Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus – Be For Us a Foretaste in the Test of Death

blood and water

Say what you want about Mozart, but Ave Verum Corpus is one of my absolute favorite Latin hymns.  We used to sing it all the time in my all-girls high school’s concert choir.  I couldn’t find a good SSA version on YouTube, but it’s beautiful with male vocals, too.  Anyway, the translated lyrics are so beautiful, I had to share them.

Latin / English:

Ave, ave verum corpus  / Hail, true body
natum de Maria virgine / born of the Virgin Mary,
Vere passum immolatum / Who truly suffered, sacrificed
In cruce pro homine / on the Cross for man,
Cujus latus perforatum / Whose pierced side overflowed
Unda fluxit et sanguine / with water and blood,
Esto nobis praegustatum / Be for us a foretaste
In mortis examine. / in the test of death.

Those last two lines give me chills.

Have a blessed day!

thelightiswhite ♥

The Reason by Lacey Sturm

The Bottom of a Bottle

I was so please this morning when I woke to find the book I had pre-ordered a month or so ago had downloaded to my phone.  I did intend to get up and walk this morning, but I found myself reading the first few pages and then getting so engrossed in the book, if I wasn’t supposed to be at work I would have stayed there and read the whole thing.

I’ve read and heard part of Lacey’s testimony before, which if you haven’t please take a moment to watch this youtube video.

I’m still only part way through, but I am thoroughly captivated by a story of young girl who hides in the darkness, who runs and hides in the shadows, turning away from God, but she also highlights the point we all need to know and that through it all God was with her in the darkness and…

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