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Begun in the aftermath of Katrina, this blog was a way to keep family and friends updated as the family struggled to return to a semblance of normalcy. Now, more than four years later, the memories are still strong, the family is, to some extent, scattered. However, life did go on, and this is our story.

April 24, 2010

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY SISTER

Sara,

This is my response to your comment and question, "We are all one in Christ Jesus. We all worship the same God. Why is it a cause for sadness if your friend is choosing a different way to worship the same God you do? When I take communion, it is no less moving and powerful to me whether I believe that the bread and wine truly are the body and blood of Jesus or not. Is that really something that separates us?"

I agree with you that we all worship the same God. Also, insofar as we are baptized Christians, we are all brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and in that respect we are all one. That does not mean that I believe that all faith communities are equal, and therefore it doesn’t matter to which you belong.

It is always wonderful to hear from you. It is even better when we happen to be online at the same time and use the video thing to talk to one another. But the phone, email, video all pale in comparison to having you in the same room with me.

That is the way it is with the Eucharist. I am convinced of the truth of the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine changed into His Body and Blood. This is fundamental to my belief as a Catholic. It is not something on which I can compromise. I believe that Jesus spoke clearly and plainly when He said, “my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” And when He asks, “Does this shock you?” and “Do you also want to leave?” I, like Saint Peter must answer, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”

I am convinced that the Catholic Church IS the same church founded by Christ when, to Saint Peter, He entrusted the keys to the Kingdom and in which resides the complete deposit of faith. I believe that the Church, although sinful in her human nature also has a divine nature, and that divine nature is guided and protected by the Holy Spirit so that she is forever the custodian and guardian of the Truth and I believe in the infallibility of her teachings on faith and morals.

All that being said, I believe that that Truth is alive and active, in varying degrees, within the various Protestant and other Christian communities because Jesus also said “whoever is not against you, is for you” and, as regards the salvation of all men, “nothing is impossible for God.”

With all my love,
Dean

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Blogger Laura Costello said...

Dearest Dean and Sara - This is a thoughtful and thought provoking subject. I would suggest the book that Maggie suggested in an earlier blog - Rome, Sweet Home - By the Hahn's. That really helped me to get back in sinc with my beliefs as a Catholic. It would also help a Protestant (which I was for many years) to understand the beliefs of the Catholic Church. There is beauty and God in all Christian religions, but Dean is right in that the communion of the Catholic Church is special and as Christ asked us to celebrate it.

I have missed the rich, deeply centered doctrines and teachings of the Catholic Church and am so glad to be home again.

There is much to learn about eachother's religions. It's ok to ask questions of eachother and to be open to learning. There is "Truth" and we must be in search of it and guard against anything that may seem like the Truth, but is not.

I like to hear what is being said - I love you and cannot wait to see all of you - so soon! Laura B.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous Sara Aimee said...

Thank you for your thoughts on my question. It was thoughtful and I appreciate you taking time to do the subject justice. I love you.

6:20 PM  

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