Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What is the Catholic Faith Like?

Catholicism is an indulgence in Christianity on all points of contact. For it would not have been enough for Catholicism to say "Gnosticism is a heresy"; she felt it necessary to permeate her entire doctrinal manifesto with Incarnational theology. When Nestorius said Christ was two persons it was not enough to answer "No He's One", Catholicism indulged in the two natures of Christ and rolled around in it saying "In fact, it is right to call Mary the Mother of God".

When the modernist asked of Catholicism, "is it permissible to lie with your mouth?" Catholicism didn't just answer "No" she said "Neither may you lie with the rest of your body by using contraception".

Catholicism rings true because of her paradoxes. She indulges yet she is frugal; that is, she is both the most ascetic and the most indulgent or put another way, she laughs yet her heart is heavy. She is authoritative yet she is a servant. She is both more unified and diverse than her other Christian brethren. Her theology is complex enough to frustrate the greatest minds and simple enough to be understood by a child. She is ornate with heavenly beauty and homely to look at. At her altar rail, kings and peasants kneel side by side in reverence to the risen Christ. She is more hated than any other Christian community and also more loved. Her doctrines cause more scandal and more joy than any other faith. She has more fire than the charismatics more miracles than the faith healers more mystics than the oriental religions and more alcohol than the secularists yet she is more sober than any of them. Her doctrine is stricter than the fundamentalists and more forgiving than the liberals.

For those outside her only pay lip service to what she wallows in. They say they believe in a certain priesthood too - we have priests! They say they believe in the Real Presence too - we worship the Eucharist! They say they believe in the communion of saints - we ask them to pray for us! They say they believe in Church authority too - we submit to the Pope!

If this isn't the fullness of Christianity, then how could we believe a watered down version of Catholicism is?

What is the Catholic Church like? It's like coming across a pool of cold water on a hot day. The water is so cold that trying to tip-toe your way in just won't work. Some decide to cool their feet by wading in the shallow end. Catholicism is like doing a cannonball in the middle of the pool from a running start and finding her to satisfy you from head to toe.

This is what the Catholic faith is like. This is Christianity in the fullest sense of the word.

11 comments:

Principium unitatis said...

True and beautifully said, Tim.

In the peace of Christ,

- Bryan

Chad Toney said...

My kind of apologetics. :) Great stuff.

Kim said...

Wow! This gave me chills!

Andrew Preslar said...

Made my morning.

Rob said...

Your post is music to my ears
Truly wonderfull and from the heart

Tim A. Troutman said...

Thanks everyone!

Zach said...

Beautiful!

theblackcordelias said...

Magnificent!!

Thank you.

Fr. J.

Krystina said...

I'm going to read this over and over again....it's that good!

Krystina said...

I'm going to read this over and over again....it's that good!

David said...

Wow, where do I sign up! I feel a cannonbal coming on!

-David Meyer