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Catholicism Explained - The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist

"For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink." - John 6:55

Catholics believe that Jesus is with us, not only spiritually, but physically, in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist.

As with all Catholic doctrines, this belief comes from the teachings of our Savior Himself:

The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?" Jesus said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day." - John 6:52-54

Jesus promised to give us His flesh and blood to eat. How does He do this? Catholics have always believed it is through the Eucharist, the sacrament which Jesus instituted at the Last Supper:

Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in …

We Will Dance Again - A Short Story

(To be quite honest, I'm only putting this up to avoid having three "Catholicism Explained" posts in a row. This short story is inspired by and based on the song, "The Ashokan Farewell," and I thought it was vaguely fitting for Memorial Day weekend.)

It was evening when she said goodbye to him - a lonely and cloud-swept evening, with the sunset burning a red fire beyond the forest of pines. He was leaving, marching far away where she could not follow. Never had she thought there would come such hard times as these.
            He held her in his arms and let her cry. She needed to cry; tears are good when life's cup is bitter. Closing her eyes to the dying sunlight and burying her face in his chest, she choked forth her farewell.
            "You must come back to me, you know," she said. "I cannot live without you."
            He stroked her back with his strong fingers. "I will come back to you, if I can. But when a man's countr…

Catholicism Explained: Does the Church Replace Jesus?

Welcome to the first installment of Catholicism Explained! This is the blog feature where Christians can come together and talk about the Catholic faith, one aspect at a time.

To begin our discussion about what Catholics believe, I thought it'd be a good idea if we discussed one thing Catholics don't believe.

Catholics don't believe salvation comes from anywhere but through Jesus.

I don't know how widespread this misunderstanding is, but some Protestants seem to think that Catholics "replace" Jesus with prayers or works or ceremonies or beliefs - that we place our hope for salvation, not in Jesus, but in the Catholic Church.

A few weeks ago a dear non-Catholic relative of mine told me, "I hope you're placing your hope in Jesus Christ, and not in your confirmation or your baptism." That made me giggle a little bit. The thought of me placing my hope in my confirmation or my baptism instead of in Jesus was just so ridiculous.

Not that I don't …

Introducing Catholicism Explained

Dear readers, I have an idea.

It's an idea that will actually require commitment from me, the most uncommitted blogger in the history of bloggerdom. (My spell check is cordially informing me that "bloggerdom" is not a word. But we know better than the spell check, don't we? Of course we do.) Because it involves a consistent weekly post. And that is something I have never been able to pull off for more than...oh, one week.

But this time I think I can do it.

The idea is this: Every Sunday I will post about one aspect of Catholicism. (For example: infallibility, Marian doctrines, the Real Presence.) It will be an aspect of Catholicism about which I feel there is much misunderstanding in the non-Catholic community.

I hope this will create a friendly, charitable, explorative atmosphere in which Catholics and Protestants can discuss their differences and arrive ever nearer the truth.

So! My dear fellow Christians, if you're interested in "arguing theology" -…

Beautiful People - May

'Tis that beautiful time of the month again! (Beautiful...get it? For the Beautiful People link-up? Lamest pun ever, right?)

This month I've decided to do my character Dar Beauregard, from my space opera The Prince's Pendant (which is struggling desperately to become a trilogy). Because I haven't talked about Dar in quite some time, and that is simply a disgrace.

So! Without further ado! On to the questions!
How often does he smile? Would he smile at a stranger?
Dar smiles all the time. He's rather proud of his smile, as it's simply the most charming thing in the universe. (He would say that himself, jokingly; there are girls in the universe who would say it seriously.) He doesn't just smile when he's happy: he smiles when he's teasing, and when he's uncomfortable, and when he's trying to get someone to trust him.
Oh yes, he smiles at strangers - in fact, he probably smiles at strangers more than he does at anyone else. He likes to appear …

Pro-Life Rant, Anyone?

Somehow I got to looking at pro-abortion pins on Pinterest the other day. Don't ask me how that happened or why I felt like getting myself worked up into a frenzy. After fretting and fuming over the craziness of the world in general, I ended up deciding to vent my frustration through a blog post.

Therefore, I hereby intend to show you some of these obnoxious pins and critique them. I can't promise that I will remain calm. I will probably end up screaming a few times. But that's okay, because all like-minded readers can come and scream with me in the comments afterward, right? :)

Revolting Pin #1:

Which are all very good reasons for justifying murder, right?
Uh, wrong.
Seriously, though. This is just so twisted. It implies that the only reason killing someone is wrong is because it causes people emotional or physical pain, completely ignoring the sacredness of human life. In my limited experience with pro-abortion people, I've found that they often don't argue that …

Character Bio - Rosalie

Time for another character bio! This time we'll be interviewing Princess Rosalie of Bonador. I love this girl. She's quite possibly my favorite character in this story. (But, ha! I'd say that about every character. So forget I said it.)

Speaking of this story! The first draft, I am very pleased and excited to announce, is finished at 61,728 words.  Of course, there are a ton of plot holes, and inconsistencies in the story world, and unfulfilled foreshadowings (that's not a word? it should be), and incomplete character arcs. But hey! None of that really matters in a first draft, does it?

Princess Rosalie
Age: 16

Rosalie was but an infant when the King of Bonador died in battle and left the kingdom in her father's care. Thus, from her earliest days, Rosalie was surrounded by all the comforts of court and all the honors due a princess. Her life, however, has been fraught with sorrow. Bonador is a kingdom torn by war, and this war often took her father far away to fight …