The other day I made a podcast with the Latin that must be used in the traditional rite of baptism. Today I continue on the theme of entrance into the Church with the profession of faith of a convert.
The podcast is spurred by a snarky and yet cowardly anonymous email suggesting that I hit Jesuit Fr. Reese so hard about transubstantiation because of my own lack of faith and, hence, I took it personally.
Yes, I do take this personally. But, no. I don’t doubt the Faith. I made my personal profession of faith when I entered the Church formally and I have not wavered in it since, though I remain a sinner.
It astonishes me that priests – who make professions of faith before ordination and when they take an office – should so violate them.
So, today I describe how I was formally brought into the Catholic Church and I read the text of Profession of Faith that we used.
And the music you hear is the parish choir at the parish where I converted and was received into the Church, St. Agnes in St. Paul, under the pastorate and musical direction of Msgr. Richard Schuler. I sang in the choir for these recordings, lo those many years ago.
This was the level of liturgical worship in which I explored the Catholic Faith intellectually and within which had my slower affective conversion.
Pay attention for the part about transubstantiation.