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

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.
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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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Sanctity can be gross

As A Little Child

‘I was so extremely dainty that the least want of cleanliness made me feel inclined to vomit. He reproved me for this with such severity, that, on one occasion, being about to remove what a sick person had vomited, I was constrained to take it up with my tongue and swallow it, saying: “Had I a thousand bodies, O my God, a thousand loves and a thousand lives, I would immolate them all to Thy service!” I experienced such delight in this action that I would have wished to meet every day with similar occasions, that I might thus learn to conquer myself, having God alone as witness. And He, Whose goodness alone had given me the strength to overcome myself did not fail to manifest to me the pleasure He had taken therein. For the following night, if I mistake not, He kept me for two or three hours…

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Why homosexual acts cannot be approved or celebrated by the Church

This is very helpful. I agree with Cardinal Francis George’s statement: “What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval.” We can and must accept others in spite of their sins, but the actions are still sinful. Society wants us to adjust our morals to be “politically correct”, but the truth of sexual morality lies in our bodily design. God created sex and marriage for a man and woman to procreate. Gay marriage is an oxymoron in and of itself because procreation is physically impossible. There is no need to shame or condemn others, but we must recognize sin for what it is.

Catholicism Pure & Simple

By Msgr. Charles Pope:

imagesIn recent years, homosexuality has frequently been in the news. An increasingly nationwide effort to make homosexual acts something to celebrate has gained great ground and sowed serious confusion even among those who describe themselves as Christian and Catholic. Hence, it is necessary once again to instruct on this matter and to reassert what Scripture plainly teaches and why the Church cannot affirm what the world demands we affirm.

An essential fact is that the Scriptures are very clear in unambiguously, uncompromisingly declaring homosexual acts as a serious sin and as disordered. “Disordered” here means that they are acts that are not ordered to their proper end or purpose. Sexual acts are, by their very nature, ordered to procreation and to the bonding of the mother and father who will raise the children conceived by their sexual intimacy. These ends or purposes have been intrinsically joined by God, and we are…

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Why does God love us?


Image    This short question is among the most profound questions ever asked. And no human would ever be able to answer it sufficiently. One thing is certain, however. God does not love us because we are lovable or because we deserve His love. If anything, the opposite is true. The state of mankind since the fall is one of rebellion and disobedience. Jeremiah 17:9 describes man’s inner condition: “The heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Who can know it?” Our innermost beings are so corrupted by sin that even we don’t realize the extent to which sin has tainted us. In our natural state, we do not seek God; we do not love God; we do not desire God. Romans 3:10-12 clearly presents the state of the natural, unregenerate person: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They…

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