The Reason We Are Catholic

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The Reason We Are Catholic

     I think it may be nearly impossible to find the answer to life’s many mysteries, not because the answer is unavailable to us, but because we initially ask the wrong questions. How can we expect to get the right answer when we ask the wrong question? When we ask those questions we approach the answer with presuppositions that that answer will be wrong. Catholics believe that that answer, the answer, the only answer is present, literally with the heart of our Church as the prophecy has been fulfilled,

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I will make with them a covenant of peace; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them, and I will multiply them, and put my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling shall be with them; I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Ezekial 37:26-27

But perhaps you were not aware that that is what we believed. Perhaps we have done a terrible job of communicating that to you. Perhaps we are asking all of the wrong questions. I think of the many times my Catholic faith has been challenged with the question, “Where is that in the Bible?” Perhaps that question in itself represents a presupposition that Catholicism, at its’ heart is wrong. Perhaps you expected us to respond, “Well. I guess it’s just not in the Bible.”

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Here I am writing this, just to say, that we are not Catholic because of the Pope, though we are thankful that his faith does not fail and that he strengthens us. (Luke 22:32) We are not Catholic because of Mary, although we are thankful that she said, “Behold, the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word.” (Luke 1:38) We are not Catholic because of the Saints, though we are thankful that “He is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living.” (Mark 12:27) We are not Catholic because of purgatory, though we are thankful that he would create in us clean hearts, and renew a right spirit within us.” (Psalm 51:10)

 

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We are Catholic for one reason. The Holy Eucharist is that reason. Christ gives Himself body, blood, soul, and divinity in Holy Communion. The Holy Eucharist is at the center of every Catholic Church, in the sanctuary where he dwells with us forever. No one yet has challenged my faith by asking me, “Where is the Eucharist in the Bible?” If they had, I would have responded, “On every single page.”

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