I went to Mass today (well, yesterday, as it’s after midnight) at Savannah’s beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, which was my first civilian Mass, all others having taken place in Iraq or on post at the chapel. As the priest was praying about the bread and wine becoming the actual body and blood of Christ, I was again struck by the fact that this is probably the issue with which I still have the most trouble. I have read the quotes of the early Church fathers and the passages in Scripture which Catholics cite in support of the doctrine. All evidence I have seen seems to support the Catholic position. Somehow, however, I have trouble letting the obvious conclusion sink into my mind. Can any converts tell me how they managed to accept the doctrine of transubstantiation?
I was looking through an old post of mine, in which I had posted the following quote from Paul Thigpen, found in the book Surprised By Truth:
“…Protestant ways of thinking were so deeply ingrained in my mind that I found it impossible to reason my way out of them.”
I find myself faced with the same problem. My reason is telling me that Catholicism is true, and that it is indeed ludicrous for me to suggest otherwise. My Protestant mindset, however, is a bit stubborn, it seems. I greatly appreciate any help on this issue, as well as your prayers.
On a related note, I actually went to Paul Thigpen’s Bible Study this morning. Thanks to CA forums member hurst for pointing out that Paul Thigpen goes to church at the cathedral and telling me about his website. And, Church Militant, I should tell you I actually requested one of those Catholic home study courses you have long been recommending. Thanks to all of you for all of your help! God bless!