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All Things in His Time and in Unity With His Will

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After this past Sunday’s Mass I received two words from my pastor that I have longed to hear for over three years now, “it’s done.”

He was referring to my request to have my marriage convalidated within the Church. Convalidation of a marriage is basically the blessing/recognition/regularization of a marriage between a Catholic and a nonCatholic Christian whose “marriage,” for whatever, reason is not valid and sacramental due to some impediment. This impediment usually falls on the shoulders of the Catholic spouse because as baptized Catholics, they are bound to the Church (the binding and loosing thing).

The usual impediments in this case are failure to seek a dispensation from the Catholic’s bishop to marry a non-Catholic Christian and many times dispensation to marry outside of the Church. This was essentially my case.

As Catholics we are bound to follow the Church’s authority in these matters under penalty of sin. And a sin of this magnitude is considered a mortal sin in most cases. But because God desires that all men be saved there are always means to reconcile oneself to the Church, thus con-validation.

Con-validation is usually quick and simple – so long as both parties are willing. Unfortunately, this was not my case. When the spouse is not willing or able to participate there is one other means to correct a marriage in this state. That is called radial sanation:

The radical sanation of an invalid marriage is its convalidation without the renewal of consent, which is granted by competent authority and entails the dispensation from an impediment, if there is one, and from canonical form, if it was not observed, and the retroactivity of canonical effects. (Code of Canon Law 1161:1)

My parish pastor was giving me the positive news that our bishop approved my petition for radical sanation. At these words, “it’s done,” I felt such a relief that I held back my tears as I kneeled in a pew before the Tabernacle in thanksgiving.

There is still more for me to do on my journey to full reconciliation with Our Blessed Lord through His Church and that includes receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and later Confirmation.

Pray for me especially as I enter this season of Lent.

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All Things in His Time and in Unity With His Will

Rembrandt's depiction of Samson's marriage feast

After this past Sunday’s Mass I received two words from my pastor that I have longed to hear for over three years now, “it’s done.”

He was referring to my request to have my marriage convalidated within the Church. Convalidation of a marriage is basically the blessing/recognition/regularization of a marriage between a Catholic and a nonCatholic Christian whose “marriage,” for whatever, reason is not valid and sacramental due to some impediment. This impediment usually falls on the shoulders of the Catholic spouse because as baptized Catholics, they are bound to the Church (the binding and loosing thing).

The usual impediments in this case are failure to seek a dispensation from the Catholic’s bishop to marry a non-Catholic Christian and many times dispensation to marry outside of the Church. This was essentially my case.

As Catholics we are bound to follow the Church’s authority in these matters under penalty of sin. And a sin of this magnitude is considered a mortal sin in most cases. But because God desires that all men be saved there are always means to reconcile oneself to the Church, thus con-validation.

Con-validation is usually quick and simple – so long as both parties are willing. Unfortunately, this was not my case. When the spouse is not willing or able to participate there is one other means to correct a marriage in this state. That is called radial sanation:

The radical sanation of an invalid marriage is its convalidation without the renewal of consent, which is granted by competent authority and entails the dispensation from an impediment, if there is one, and from canonical form, if it was not observed, and the retroactivity of canonical effects. (Code of Canon Law 1161:1)

My parish pastor was giving me the positive news that our bishop approved my petition for radical sanation. At these words, “it’s done,” I felt such a relief that I held back my tears as I kneeled in a pew before the Tabernacle in thanksgiving.

There is still more for me to do on my journey to full reconciliation with Our Blessed Lord through His Church and that includes receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation, the Eucharist and later Confirmation.

Pray for me especially as I enter this season of Lent.

Seminarian Philip Johnson: In his own words

Thanks to Fr. Z for the following:

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Seminarian Philip Johnson: In his own words

Thanks to Fr. Z for the following:

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Fr. Z: When heresy leads to apostasy

As usual, Father Z offers solid, orthodox commentaries on the sometimes crazy ideas that are manifested in the blogosphere. Below is just an excerpt of Father’s commentary on a recent post from a former Anglican priest who came into the Church and decided to leave once more.

After reading both the original post and Father’s comments, I could not help but think of St. John’s always true and prophetic words in 1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us.”

Read the excerpt and make sure to click on the link below for more details.

Great encouragement to your congregation and readers, brother. First, as your brother, I send greetings to your wife and children, and wishes for a happy new year.

 

Second, as an Anglican priest who, with high ideals but considerably lower savvy, “poped” back in 1997, all I can say to those who may be thinking likewise is this: Unless you know in your heart you can believe in such super-added dogmas as papal supremacy and infallibility (very late inventions)[There is no dogma of papal supremacy.  The writer could be referring to the Pope‘s universal jurisdiction, which is a matter of canon law, not dogma. As to papal infallibility, did Hart not hear of this dogma before he “poped” back in 1997? What exactly has happened between 1997-2011 whereby this dogma has caused him problems?]

via When heresy leads to apostacy Fr. Zs Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?.

Fr. Z: When heresy leads to apostasy

As usual, Father Z offers solid, orthodox commentaries on the sometimes crazy ideas that are manifested in the blogosphere. Below is just an excerpt of Father’s commentary on a recent post from a former Anglican priest who came into the Church and decided to leave once more.

After reading both the original post and Father’s comments, I could not help but think of St. John’s always true and prophetic words in 1 John 2:19, “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out, that it might be plain that they all are not of us.”

Read the excerpt and make sure to click on the link below for more details.

Great encouragement to your congregation and readers, brother. First, as your brother, I send greetings to your wife and children, and wishes for a happy new year.

 

Second, as an Anglican priest who, with high ideals but considerably lower savvy, “poped” back in 1997, all I can say to those who may be thinking likewise is this: Unless you know in your heart you can believe in such super-added dogmas as papal supremacy and infallibility (very late inventions)[There is no dogma of papal supremacy.  The writer could be referring to the Pope’s universal jurisdiction, which is a matter of canon law, not dogma. As to papal infallibility, did Hart not hear of this dogma before he “poped” back in 1997? What exactly has happened between 1997-2011 whereby this dogma has caused him problems?]

via When heresy leads to apostacy Fr. Zs Blog – What Does The Prayer Really Say?.

Reversion is Redemption

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I am a Catholic revert. Until recently I never thought to label myself as such because in my mind, I never truly left the Church. And technically, this is true. However, my actions not only set me apart from God, they also distanced me from His Bride, the Catholic Church. Upon my return Home to Rome, I felt as though I was the prodigal son returning to his father after many years away.

Personally, I think that every revert probably feels this way as well and from what I heard in the audio I linked below, it seems Jeff Cavins did as well. Jeff Cavins is the author of the famed Great Adventure Bible Study and is a revert with more that enough street cred in Protestant circles. His story is a powerful testimony illustrating the amount of love that God has for each and every one of us, if only we were to accept it.

Download: Three Bishops and A Rebel – Jeff Cavins

Podcast: SAINTJOE Podcast

I took the liberty of placing some links a couple of the items mentioned by Mr. Cavins in his testimony in addition to the Great Adventure Bible Study:

Of course Mr. Cavins mentions Dr. Scott Hahn and anything you pick up by him is bound to be good and worthwhile.

Reversion is Redemption

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I am a Catholic revert. Until recently I never thought to label myself as such because in my mind, I never truly left the Church. And technically, this is true. However, my actions not only set me apart from God, they also distanced me from His Bride, the Catholic Church. Upon my return Home to Rome, I felt as though I was the prodigal son returning to his father after many years away.

Personally, I think that every revert probably feels this way as well and from what I heard in the audio I linked below, it seems Jeff Cavins did as well. Jeff Cavins is the author of the famed Great Adventure Bible Study and is a revert with more that enough street cred in Protestant circles. His story is a powerful testimony illustrating the amount of love that God has for each and every one of us, if only we were to accept it.

Download: Three Bishops and A Rebel – Jeff Cavins

Podcast: SAINTJOE Podcast

I took the liberty of placing some links a couple of the items mentioned by Mr. Cavins in his testimony in addition to the Great Adventure Bible Study:

Of course Mr. Cavins mentions Dr. Scott Hahn and anything you pick up by him is bound to be good and worthwhile.

Yes, There Are Hebrew Catholics

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The following excerpts come from a post that Catholic author Taylor Marshall did after a speaking at the Annual Hebrew Catholic Conference held in Saint Louis, Missouri back in September of this year. Hebrew Catholics are, what I consider to be, the totality of Catholicism. These devout men and women are ethnically Jewish and live the fulfillment of Judaism, which is found in Christ and the Church He established over 2,000 years ago.

…the Hebrew Catholics that I met love Christ passionately. Roy Shoeman broke out tears as he exhorted everyone to evangelize their Jewish friends and pray for their entry into the Catholic Church through baptism and the sacraments. Mankind can only find peace and salvation in Jesus, said Shoeman, even more so the Jew, whose Scriptures teach him to hope for a Messiah. If the Jew cannot have this desire quenched – he is to be pitied more than all other men. He expressed his fear that many Catholics wrongly assume that Jews dont really need Jesus, and how dreadful it will be on Judgment Day for those of us who squandered opportunities to kindly evangelize our Jewish friends and neighbors.

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Also, I perceived a deep love for traditional liturgy. Their Holy Mass that I attended was mostly in Latin and chanted (block notes-medieval neumes in the bulletin). Only the readings and canon were in English–everything very reverent. The Jews are a liturgical people and this is expressed in their worship. The celebrant who was himself, I believe, ethnically Jewish, processed in and out in a biretta. He celebrated the Roman Canon and invoked all the saints of the canon without skipping over a single one. A truly beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass. The sermon was also excellent.

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They also have a special love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is among them an intense devotion to the Miraculous Medal. It seems like everyone was wearing the Miraculous Medal. The reason for this is the miraculous conversion of the 19th century Jewish manAlphonse Ratisbonne who wore the Miraculous Medal on a dare. As he wore the Miraculous Medal, the Immaculate Mary appeared to him. Ratisbonne subsequently received baptism and was later ordained as a Catholic priest. Hence, our Immaculate Lady is integral to the Hebrew Catholic ethos.

……..

Last of all, they love Sacred Scripture. Everyone seemed fluent in the Bible, and there was great attention paid to the Scriptures. Dr. Lawrence Feingold gave a profound presentation with Scriptural citations throughout. And they aren’t wishy-washy about the Bible by compromising with liberal (so-called) scholarship. They love the Bible and it is the air that they breathe.

via Here Come the Hebrew Catholics ~ Canterbury Tales by Taylor Marshall.

Yes, There Are Hebrew Catholics

Our Mother of Perpetual Help, a 15th Century M...

The following excerpts come from a post that Catholic author Taylor Marshall did after a speaking at the Annual Hebrew Catholic Conference held in Saint Louis, Missouri back in September of this year. Hebrew Catholics are, what I consider to be, the totality of Catholicism. These devout men and women are ethnically Jewish and live the fulfillment of Judaism, which is found in Christ and the Church He established over 2,000 years ago.

…the Hebrew Catholics that I met love Christ passionately. Roy Shoeman broke out tears as he exhorted everyone to evangelize their Jewish friends and pray for their entry into the Catholic Church through baptism and the sacraments. Mankind can only find peace and salvation in Jesus, said Shoeman, even more so the Jew, whose Scriptures teach him to hope for a Messiah. If the Jew cannot have this desire quenched – he is to be pitied more than all other men. He expressed his fear that many Catholics wrongly assume that Jews dont really need Jesus, and how dreadful it will be on Judgment Day for those of us who squandered opportunities to kindly evangelize our Jewish friends and neighbors.

……

Also, I perceived a deep love for traditional liturgy. Their Holy Mass that I attended was mostly in Latin and chanted (block notes-medieval neumes in the bulletin). Only the readings and canon were in English—everything very reverent. The Jews are a liturgical people and this is expressed in their worship. The celebrant who was himself, I believe, ethnically Jewish, processed in and out in a biretta. He celebrated the Roman Canon and invoked all the saints of the canon without skipping over a single one. A truly beautiful celebration of the Holy Mass. The sermon was also excellent.

……

They also have a special love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. There is among them an intense devotion to the Miraculous Medal. It seems like everyone was wearing the Miraculous Medal. The reason for this is the miraculous conversion of the 19th century Jewish manAlphonse Ratisbonne who wore the Miraculous Medal on a dare. As he wore the Miraculous Medal, the Immaculate Mary appeared to him. Ratisbonne subsequently received baptism and was later ordained as a Catholic priest. Hence, our Immaculate Lady is integral to the Hebrew Catholic ethos.

……..

Last of all, they love Sacred Scripture. Everyone seemed fluent in the Bible, and there was great attention paid to the Scriptures. Dr. Lawrence Feingold gave a profound presentation with Scriptural citations throughout. And they aren’t wishy-washy about the Bible by compromising with liberal (so-called) scholarship. They love the Bible and it is the air that they breathe.

via Here Come the Hebrew Catholics ~ Canterbury Tales by Taylor Marshall.