What I love about the Catholic Church is that we use physical stuff in worship. It makes sense doesn’t it, that Our Lord did not despise the physical realm when he became man, so why should we dismiss the idea that he comes to us still through the physical realm?
Ashes for the penitent, water to cleanse, oil to heal and sanctify, bread for our food and wine for our drink–all of these are the means of grace, all of these taken from the earth become filled with heaven. The oil, the grape, the wheat–all draw from the earth, are radiated with light from the sun and are filled with water to grow. So the physical is blessed and blesses and is charged with the glory of God.
More than that, even the most physical and intimate and ecstatic act–the sealing of marriage and the life of man and woman together becomes a channel for grace and a sacrament of love.
When we cross ourselves, kneel to pray, light a candle, smell the incense, gaze at the icons, listen to the music all these physical sensations of worship are not bad, but good. Through all of them the incarnate Lord touches we poor glorious souls who are half ape, half angel–an odd fusion of spiritual and physical who he transforms into an eternally glorious fusion of physical and spiritual.
Other forms of Christianity–which are composed in sincerity from a collection of abstract ideas, theoretical thoughts, pious prayers and dull dogmas–are certainly only a pale reflection of the full richness of the faith in the Catholic Church.
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Before Jesus’ Ascension, he said, “Behold, I am with you always.”For a number of reasons, I believe he meant he’d be with us always not just spiritually, but also physically as well.Thus the sacraments.
Not wanting to nitpick, but is this not installment 6?
Indeed. Now Changed.
Yes! The fullness of the faith!Exactly why I converted.
I’m from the Philadelphia area, and around the Christmas holidays I like to food shop at the Italian market (9th st.). All of ones’ senses are bombarded in this experience. As you work your way thru the mobs of people you realize that these people know something: they seem to know that the Incarnation is about more than just our salvation. God becoming Man validates His whole creation! YEP! the whole stinking mess of it that we’ve made. Life is a banquet, yet most poor suckers are starving to death (readers,who said that? AuntieMame?) We Catholics get ‘Babette’s Feast’ every day!
Check out this new Catholic band that just released their first album. From what I heard on the samples site, they sound really good.Introducing the new Christian National Anthem: Guns & Jesus.http://ccrg.info/cas.htm