There is much to be said for catechisis of an individual.For one Regina,even though I was Catholic,there is much that I read at present that I did not know.Blame whoever,but the truth be known that many Catholics do not know what the church teaches,because it is not within them to seek the things of God,WHAT? Yes, we must be born again Regina to seek after God in the spiritual realm.One may have a desire to be relgious ,but to truly seek after the Living God we must be born again.<quoted text>
You wrote: "...not done by the priest,but at consecration,the Lord does it Himself."
By the power of the Holy Spirit. This is what the Church has *always* taught. In fact, the Holy Spirit is invoked during the consecration. I'm surprised you didn't already know this, Dan, being a former Catholic and all.
The Catholics on this thread do not agree with me here,because they are bound to the idea that Baptism(especially infant in the case of Catholics) makes one born-again.Well if that were the case I would have been born again three times when small.
I was baptized by nuns,in a Catholic Hospital,and again by sisters in a Catholic Orphanage,and later by a priest in the church of the Immaculate Conception in Newark.My mother heard about the other baptisms and thought they were not valid, so she had me baptized at 7,by an Italian priest she knew in the sanctuary of the above church I mentioned.
Later as an adult I went through baptism in an Assembly of God church in Rio, Wisconsin,and again here in my city in an Assembly of God church to join my son and daughter because although teens they wanted me to accompany them,so I did it to re-new as it were my vows.I am so baptized aren't ?Kind of funny really!
Nevertheless I found out that being born-again has nothing to do with baptism,although someone can be baptized and born-again at the same time,a little bit complicated no less. But we must be converted by Christ,all the rituals and observances of denominations and or churches does not change a person's heart,only the SPIRIT can do that.
Many Catholics are religious,and feel bound to go to Mass,and so on,but many again are not converted in their hearts and along with not being catechized in the right way,miss out on many things taught no matter what the affiliation.
Is not this forum an example of mis-information? Well there is so much on all sides. The article anthony shared was very good,but the truth is I must rely on the Spiritual to understand mystery. It is obvious that the Eucharist shared by so many different Christians becomes for them Life,and a deeper sense of being connected with our suffering Lord.The Suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane,and at Calvary has to be the beginning of our deeper spiritual experience with HIM.Sorry if many disagree with that.Some Evangelicals are deeply motivated by the sufferings of Christ,and enter into a spiritual life that many other evangelicals know nothing about.If the evangelicals on here argue that point and disagree with me,that is to bad,I am not here to represent pure evangelicalism as they see it,but to speak of the Lord who redeemed me,I belong to Him,although I go to an Evangelical church,I am one with them in Christ,but I do not agree with everything that comes out of their mouths,and they the same with me.