Seen on the web: Theosis and grace

Posted by Nishant on Monday, Nov 28, 2011

…In Christian theology, man does not partake of the divine essence, for that is infinite and incommunicable (although not in Mormonism, where he dwells on some planet).

Man rather shares in the life of God through grace, by being joined to him as a body to a head, and as branches to the vine.

Man partakes of the divine nature, both by being born again, and receiving in place of the old nature of the flesh, the new nature from the Spirit of Christ, and in the Holy Eucharist, where he receives, the body, blood, soul and divinity.

Thus, when “we see Him, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

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Editor’s note: Our primary channels of God’s grace are the seven sacraments, which were personally instituted by Jesus Christ, for that express purpose.

Libs just “hate” the word “consubstantial” in the new Mass translation

“There are a lot of people upset by the changes, and the process by which the changes were made,” said Tom Kyle, 72, a Catholic from Farmington who says the church should be more open. “There is a lot of resistance from the clergy. A lot of the priests don’t like it.”

The word “consubstantial” is one example of what Kyle says represents a backward step for the church.

“Technically, it’s correct, but people don’t know what ‘consubstantial’ means,” Kyle said. “It doesn’t make any sense for many. And it doesn’t have the same flow.”

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Editor’s note-

Dear Mr. Kyle:

Consubstantial means that Jesus Christ, like all the members of the Holy Trinity, is of one and the same eternal, uncreated, divine essence … i.e. substance. (You remember … God from God. Light from Light. True God from True God?)

Since God made us to know him, love him, and serve him … in this world … and in the next … there’s absolutely nothing “backward” about developing a deeper understanding of the divine nature … especially at Mass.

A more complete treatment of the subject can be found here,  and here, in the venerable Catholic Encyclopedia.

Now that we’ve put that behind us, why not just relax and worship God in spirit and truth, the way it was always supposed to have been done?

Sincerely,

Doug Lawrence
Just Another Faithful Catholic