This Catholic Retrospective Podcast is framed as “Transcending History With the Eyes of Faith.” We are only able to transcend human history with an eternal perspective, first offered to us in these words that Christ spoke to St. Peter: “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

That phrase Transcending History With the Eyes of Faith is not mine: it comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, in the section treating “the Mystery of the Church” all under the heading of “The Church in God’s Plan.” The Church is in history, but at the same time she transcends it. It is only “with the eyes of faith” that one can see her in her visible reality and at the same time in her spiritual reality as bearer of divine life. 770

I will use this unique historical opportunity to discuss the beauty and richness of the Catholic faith, and thoughts on what Catholics can learn from Protestants and what they can learn from us! We will have the opportunity to meet those we consider the True Reformers during this Podcast series.

Central to the theme of the podcast is recognizing that at the center of Jesus’ own ministry was reconciliation — God came to us to reconcile us to Him. In our call to follow Christ, we are compelled to always seek the healing of broken relationships. So, as we look back upon the 500 years since the beginning of the Protestant Reformation, we should pray unceasingly for a restoration of all to the unity and fullness of the Church, keeping in mind and heart Christ’s own prayer before us: that they may be one. I think we can all believe that our disunities come from our own will, not His will.

Each episode of this series as will introduce some extraordinarily beautiful prayers straight from the Roman Missal for Masses dedicated to Christian Unity.

– Father Peter Mangum
Cathedral of St. John Berchmans