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August 2nd

August 25, 2009

As I mentioned in my article last week, the primary Truth that drew me to the Catholic Church was that the Church can teach with authority, which she received from Christ and has handed on through the centuries by means of Apostolic succession.  It wasn’t too long after I began investigating the Catholic Faith that I learned about the source and summit of our Faith: the Eucharist.

I remember being at a conference and listening to a priest give a talk on the Eucharist.  I had just begun learning about the Faith and I didn’t understand much of what he was talking about, but I do remember that he said that Catholics believe that at the consecration the bread and the wine are changed into the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ.

After the talk, the priest celebrated Mass for all those attending the conference.  I will never forget that Mass.  During Communion time, I watched people going to receive the Lord.  From my earliest years as a Protestant, I remember being told that you have to “accept Jesus into your heart”.  Here, at Mass, I was watching people literally receive Jesus.  I was awe-struck.

I remember having an overwhelming desire to receive the Lord in Holy Communion, but I also knew that I could not, for I was not yet a Catholic.  From that day I began to attend daily Mass even thought I could not receive Communion.  I would attend Mass and watch and pray as the priest offered Mass.  I began to frequent a local adoration chapel and make visits before the tabernacle.

I remember the joy that I experienced when I was finally able to receive the Lord for the first time after my Baptism at the Easter Vigil.

Now that I have been Catholic for over a decade, the danger is to take the Eucharist for granted.  We have to always be on guard against unthinkingly attending Mass out of route.  We must never lose sight of the great gift that the Lord gives to us in Holy Communion: the gift of Himself.

God bless,

Fr. White

July 26th

August 25, 2009

One of the questions that I am asked after people hear that I am a convert is: “What drew you to the Catholic Faith?”  The main thing that convinced me to join the Catholic Church was the fact that the Church has received authority to teach from Christ Himself.  Let me share with you how I discovered that Truth.

Although I had been raised Baptist, by the end of high school I had pretty much left the practice of any faith behind.  For several years I did not think about God much at all.

When I did finally begin to search for God, I had no idea where to begin.  I found trying to decipher the Bible nearly impossible.  I spoke to people of various Christian denominations and I received many different answers to my many questions and everyone quoted the Bible.  I learned that some denominations believe that a person needs to be baptized in order for them to be saved; others hold that one only needs to believe in Jesus Christ and then one is already saved.  Both groups quoted Scripture and each one contradicted the other.  I found this very frustrating.

I already believed that the Bible was the inspired Word of God; I also had a sense that God would not contradict Himself.  If God is Truth, how could He say one thing and the opposite at the same time?

I prayed fervently to know God as He really is, and not someone’s opinion of Him.  During this time of searching a Catholic engaged me in dialogue.  He told me that I should be baptized and he quoted Scripture to support the necessity of Baptism.  I asked him what made him think that his interpretation of Scripture was the correct one.  He told me about the authority that the Church received from Christ.  He explained how Jesus gave the Keys of the Kingdom to Saint Peter and how Jesus promised that the gates of hell would never prevail against the Church.  He showed me in Scripture where Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to the Apostles to lead them into all Truth.

He then explained that the authority given to the Apostles was handed down through the generations by the laying on of hands.  When I learned that there was an unbroken succession from the current Pope and the Bishops all the way back through the Apostles to Christ, and that through them the Church was preserved in Truth and could teach with the authority given by Jesus Himself, I knew that I had to become a Catholic.  There were a lot of things that I had yet to learn, but I was well on my way into the Catholic Church.

God bless,

Fr. White

July 19th

August 25, 2009

My name is Father Charles White. I was just ordained a priest a little over a month ago.  Some of you may have already seen me around the parish; I started my assignment here as an associate pastor as of July 1st.  I am very happy to be here at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish.  I look forward to serving you and getting to know you.  Please be patient with me as I learn names and faces.

Just to let you know a little bit about myself: I grew up on the East side in Sterling Heights.  After high school I served in the United States Air Force both in the U.S. as well as overseas in Germany.  After serving in the military, I worked for a short time as a contractor for the local auto industry.  I have spent the past eight years at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

I am a convert to the Catholic Faith.  I grew up primarily attending Baptist church on Sundays, but I have also attended the Lutheran church.  My mother’s side is Baptist and my father’s side is Lutheran.  I entered the Catholic Church in 1998.  I received the Sacraments of Baptism (I was never baptized as a child), Confirmation and First Holy Communion at the Easter Vigil of that year.

I’ll write more about what drew me to the Catholic Church in future articles (it is the first question that I am asked when people find out that I am a convert).  Know that you are all in my daily prayers and please pray for me.

God bless,

Father White