A couple of great events are being held in Ontario in early December that will help all of us learn more about our Catholic faith:
As people who became Catholic later in life, we understand that some Evangelicals are surprised to learn that the Catholic Mass is all Bible, that the Rosary is a meditation on the life of Jesus, and that we have an Altar Call at every Mass (Communion). Our Evangelical friends see that we've surrendered to Jesus and say we are "born again." Some have trouble reconciling the life they see in us with what they've been told about the Catholic Church.
"There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is, of course, quite a different thing."
- Bishop Fulton Sheen
Never in the history of Western civilization, have Christians of all backgrounds faced such persecution for trying to help people see the humanity of the unborn, honouring the sanctity of marriage, and attempting to protect youth from the media's normalization of sex, drugs, and violence. We fear the worst is to come. Christians have got to cooperate like never before, and it will be easier if we understand each other.
Here we lay Catholicism at the feet of our Evangelical friends. We are not trying to gloss over differences but our hope is that all Christians will love one another as He has loved us (Jn 13:34). We are not apologists. We are simply a Catholic couple responding to Jesus' prayer "that they may all be one, as you Father, are in me and I am in you." (Jn 17:21) "Let us not give up meeting together... let us encourage one another." (Heb 10:25), "Wherever two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them." (Mat 18:20).
"I have a dream...when we let freedom ring... all of God's children... Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands."
(Martin Luther King, "I have a dream," Washington D.C., Aug. 28, 1963)
Pope Francis speaks to Evangelicals about Christian unity
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