|The Holy Eucharist|
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Why I Converted – Part 7: The Beautiful Collision
This is part 7 of a 10 part series of posts I will be writing to kick off this blog. A lot of people ask me why I converted to Catholicism and I’ve never been able to give anyone a full answer due to the sheer depth of it. This is my attempt to lay it all out there. To answer the question of my conversion, I will be leaning heavily on the work of Father Robert Barron and the structure of his PBS series entitled “Catholicism.” I do this because 1) he articulates the faith way better than I will ever be able – I will only offer my feeble take on his brilliant presentation; and 2) it is precisely his teachings that articulate what I knew to be true in my heart when I made the jump almost three years ago. So now, part 7: The Beautiful Collision.
A few months ago, as I was preparing to plan a talk for the youth group I have the pleasure of mentoring, I came across a video (which you can see at the bottom of this post) titled “Holy Mass – A Beautiful Collision.” Besides providing the namesake for this blog, this video moved me in a profound way. Filled with images of the Blessed Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, as well as thought-provoking quotes from some of the giants of our faith, all set to David Crowder singing “A Beautiful Collision,” this video speaks powerfully of the collision of heaven and earth that takes place during the Holy Mass. In the chorus, we hear Crowder’s unique voice singing these words:
“Here it comes, a beautiful collision is happening now.
There seems no end to where You begin
And there I am now, You and I collide.”
THAT is what takes place at a Catholic Mass. Does it only happen at a Catholic Mass? No, of course not, but we believe it happens every time we enter a church to celebrate the Liturgy. We believe that the Mass, particularly the Eucharist, is the place where heaven and earth crash into each other in the most tangible way. It might do me well to say clearly here that there is no other reason for me converting to Catholicism that is as important as the Mass. Its mystery drew me in, its complexity led me to explore its depths, and its beauty has filled my heart with a love that cannot be contained. It is, as they say, the source and summit of my faith... ituloy ang pagbabasa rito...