The Mystery of God

Well we are now into spring, at least some of us are and I hope your having a wonderful time

When you think of God what do you think of?? Providence? Ineffable? Creator?

Whatever you think of God, it won’t do Him justice, He is bigger than we could ever imagine or think.

St. Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225-1274) Believed in God as do I, and he had five ways to PROVE the existence of God.

1. Argument from motion – There must be a first (and unmoved) “mover” since motion cannot go into infinity.

2. Argument from efficient causes – There must be a “first efficient cause” to which everyone gives the name of God.

3. Argument from contingency – Things to do not possess in themselves the reason for their own existence. An explanation for their existence must be found outside of themselves for the must depend on something.

4. The argument for the gradation of being – There must be something which is to all beings the cause of their being, their goodness, and every other perfection, and this we call God.

5. Argument from design – Things without knowledge cannnot move to their end unless directed by someone with intelligence. Therefore there must be an intelligent being who directs all natural things to their end.

Argument three is my favorite to me it’s the most understandable.

I will end with these questions for you.

1. What does God’s answer to Moses “I AM WHO I AM”? indicate about God?

2. What does it mean to God “Father”?

I hope this makes you think as much as it did for me, the Catholic faith is very rich and beautiful as I continue to see in my RCIA class, and every week that passes it gets close set to my confirmation.

Blessings

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Where do I go from here??

Greetings! Well as you know that if you read my blog (and thank you if you do) my RCIA classes stopped( but not completed yet) which took a bit of the wind out of my sails, so to speak, but reflecting on this time it was wonderful, I will now devote my time to the reading of the scriptures and of a couple books I want to read, which were recommended to me, which will be at the bottom, a few relatives are stumped why this is happening to me knowing I’ve been a Protestant all my life.

WELL, it all started back in ’05, I was homeless living in a Baton Rouge LA homeless shelter nice people, great food, but sparse employment, well the next day was Thursday, I found a church, and I went, AND it was Catholic. The church was a bit cool, interesting statues of Jesus, Mary, and a crucifix behind the altar, I will show you a picture of it as well ( changed since ’05) opened the door and I sat down, all I can say is that the mass was interesting, me being Protestant, but I found it welcoming and Spirit-filled, when the mass was over I familiarized myself with the town, walking around. The next day I went back, just like coming home from a long vacation, more at ease, more comfortable and joyful, after the Sunday mass someone asked if I liked the service, oh yes I said very nice, they then asked if I would like to know more about the Catholic faith, I said sure, sitting down at a table learning what it meant, telling me St. Peter was the first Pope, this is how I was attracted to the faith, going to the library reading, and praying, going to weekday mass two times a week maybe more, working when I could.

This is what you might call my coming home story, I’m so excited and wonderfully blessed to be a part of the universal church, the one Jesus started, and no error in succession. The more I read about the Catholic Church the more I love the Church Fathers and His beautiful Church, what a blessing it will be to be a part of the church! Take Jesus by the hand and lets come home together.

Where do I go from here?

Welcome to my blog, My Homecoming. Don’t really know what to write, I’ve been a bit depressed lately, found out last week that the RCIA class that I’ve been attending will stop this Wed (I have more classes to attend) I would have liked it to continue, but I can’t force the teachers to continue teaching, so I’ve lost a bit of steam and so this might be my last blog post. If you were reading this I want to thank you for your gaze on my blog, if you have any suggestions please leave me a message.

Until next time….. maybe

Steven

Music

On this blog, I’d like to talk a little about the music as it regards to the mass and different styles Catholics have.

The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of our Lords coming is instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of hearts joy (Acts 2:46). It is also said that ” Whoever sings well prays twice over” although I don’t sing like a songbird in the spring, I’m sure Jesus likes my effort, He loves any singing we do, he loves the worship we give Him.

But I must emphasize that texts that are to be sung must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine. They should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.

The first time I attended a Mass it was refreshing from what I was used to, No loud instruments to speak of. The church I attended just had a piano and a pipe organ I think, but I do remember the piano, I loved the songs we sang that day so much that they stuck in my head, they did no chanting that day, but you can check some out here http://www.catholicchant.com if you don’t know what this sounds like.

There are two types of Mass, a Solemn Mass (Missa Solemnis) is the full ceremonial form of the Tridentine Mass, celebrated by a priest with a deacon and a subdeacon, requiring most of the parts of the Mass to be sung, and the use of incense. It is also called High Mass or Solemn High Mass.

The second type of Mass is called Low Mass (called in Latin, Missa lecta, which literally means “read Mass” ) is a Tridentine Mass in which the priest doesn’t chant the parts of the Mass that are assigned to him.

So if you go to a Catholic church remember these two forms and you will come off like a genius when talking about the service.

I would really like to attend a “High Mass” and experience the way it was really done with incense, beauty, and formality of it all, I’m sure if you had I’m sure it stuck with you for awhile, and the smells it had.

HYMN: Sacred poetry set to music and meant to raise the heart of Christian people to God, especially during liturgical services.

I hope you got something from this and hope this somehow deepens your worship, I’m sure I’ll remember this when I get to attend my first Mass when I’m finally confirmed whether it’s number one or number two lol

I love sharing this with you, my journey of its ups and downs, hills and valleys and maybe one day we can attend a Mass together and talk about it after church.

In Him through Mary

Jer. 29:11

Why The Catholic Church??

Well I asked the question myself, isn’t the Catholic Church antiquated and stuffy?? Don’t they pray to Mary and the Saints?? It’s just stupid and I don’t want any part of this, but i took a deeper look into it and believe it or not I found my answer, here is a video, not of my RCIA class but will hopefully answer a few questions about the faith https://youtu.be/AZE2j1gkuKA

Until next time

In Him through Mary

My Homecoming

Well hello! My name is Steve Spencer, and I’d like to talk to you about my “Home Coming” I should start with the why, what, where and when about my home coming.

Let’s start with the definition of homecoming, it is the act of returning to your home or to a place that is like your home.

Now you’re probably asking yourself what is this all about?? Well I’m going to tell you my journey to the Catholic faith, although I’m not a Catholic yet, I’m still going through RCIA ( Rite of Christian Initation of Adults), these are classes that teach you its rich history, beliefs and practices of the Church, but why classes?? well there’s alot to learn about the Catholic faith! AND we are just getting started.

Until next time…..

My Journey Home

While I go through the RCIA classes that I am taking to be a member of the Catholic Church, I will be taking you along with me, my trials, questions and more importantly my joys.

Well stay tuned

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