As a Baptist taking tentative steps toward the Catholic Church, the first theological domino to fall, for me, was two thousand years of consistent, adamant, historical Church teaching on the Eucharist.
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If approached honestly, with a real effort at asceticism, Lent is strenuous, and it is usually at this point that I begin to get a little weary and parched. A couple of weeks are behind us, but there are still several to go, and it is here that we begin to see the liturgical readings about the waters of refreshment.
“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).
Until the movie The Passion of the Christ, no one I knew spent as long as two hours and six minutes, straight, contemplating the horror of Good Friday.