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Mass hysteria!

On scanning an excellent Christian website recently I read the following archived teaching:

Should former Catholics participate in the mass? The answer given stated in part-

“……….I think that participating in the Catholic mass comes close to compromising the faith, because it is believed to be a re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christ and a saving ordinance. So no, I wouldn’t recommend that someone participate”.

Unfortunately, this kind of teaching from a dear and beloved brother in Christ shows how the enemy can twist the truth and use men and women to continue a lie, which destroys the bond of unity we have in Christ.

Let me clearly state that the Roman Catholic Church does not teach that the mass is a re-enactment of the sacrifice of Christ. It does teach that within the mass there is a re-presentation of the (once for all) sacrifice of Christ. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states, “in the institution narrative, the power of the words and the action of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit, make sacramentally present under the species of bread and wine Christ’s body and blood, his sacrifice offered on the cross once and for all”. CCC 1353.

“For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup”, Paul says, “ you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes”. (1Cor 11.26)

Catholics believe that what Jesus did in the past is always present to God and the Holy Spirit makes present to Christians gathered together to celebrate the Lord’s Supper at the communion table or Eucharist.

There maybe many practices that we may dislike or disagree with in Roman Catholic teaching, and that which is bad is of sin…but then we all have sinned!

Unlike my brother of the above quote, I enjoy attending the Catholic mass as it makes me rejoice that God is not bound to Calvinism or any other ism and I rejoice to see His Spirit and hear His voice within the Catholic liturgy and most especially within the living temples of the simple Catholic folk, who love and are loved by our Father in heaven.

Michael Daly.CJ

March 2009


March 21, 2009 - Posted by | Thoughts

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