Skip to comments.Man Who "Died" 5 Times Is Becoming Catholic (Thousands to Enter Church at Easter)
Posted on 03/30/2010 10:38:29 AM PDT by NYer
WASHINGTON, D.C., MARCH 29, 2010 (Zenit.org).- This Easter, thousands are planning to become Catholic, including a man who almost lost his life five times.
The U.S. bishops' conference shared the story of Jeremy Feldbusch, 30, from Blairsville, Pennsylvania, who is among the thousands preparing to enter the Church Saturday evening.
Feldbusch was in the armed services in Iraq, and on April 3, 2003, he was wounded with shrapnel from the conflict, which resulted in blindness in both eyes and traumatic brain injury.
He was expected to die shortly after, or if he lived, to sustain extensive brain damage. Doctors put him into a coma with a ventilator for six weeks in order to reduce brain swelling.
The medical professionals attempted to remove the ventilator five times, but on each attempt, Feldbusch "died" and had to be resuscitated. On the sixth try, he finally regained consciousness.
The patient, who had been baptized a Methodist, asked his father, "Why did God take my eyesight?"
His father replied with a different question, "Why did God let you live?"
The bishops' conference reported that through the process of rehabilitation, Feldbusch "began to think that things happen for a reason and resolved to spend his life helping other wounded service members."
He decided to enter the Catholic Church, and will be received on Saturday, the 7th anniversary of his life-changing injury in Iraq.
The conference press release noted that thousands more will join Feldbusch, with especially high numbers of new Catholics expected in the South and Southwest regions of the United States.
The Diocese of Dallas, Texas, is preparing to receive 3,000 new Catholics. Of these, 700 are catechumens (never before baptized) and 2,300 are candidates (already validly baptized into the Christian faith, but seeking full communion with the Church).
Also in Texas, the Archdiocese of San Antonio is reporting that 1,112 people will enter the Church. A good number of these are young people, who have already reached the age of reason, including 214 child catechumens and 124 candidates.
The Diocese of Forth Worth in that same state will welcome around the same number of new Catholics.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta is preparing for 1,800 new Church members, which is the largest group ever recorded for that region, the press release reported.
On the West Coast, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, which is the largest diocese nationwide, will receive 2,400 new members.
In Seattle, 682 people will be baptized into the Church, and 479 welcomed into full communion.
The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, will welcome 842 new Catholics.
Other dioceses who are expecting over a thousand new members are: Detroit, Michigan (1,225); Cincinnati, Ohio (1,049); Denver, Colorado (1,102); Arlington, Virginia (1,100); Washington, D.C. (1,150).
In the Archdiocese of Washington, 18 of those preparing to enter the Church are students from St. Augustine School, the oldest African American school in the nation's capital.
The conference communiqué noted that the Catholic Church, which is the largest denomination in the United States, with over 68 million members, has shown a 1.5% increase in membership numbers this past year.
When God closes a window, He opens a door!! (I never liked that opposite saying).
Four more to go!
This is more nonsense that Rome believes proves Catholicism is true. The more appropriate question than, “Why should God have allowed you to live?” would be, “How can such a sick and twisted group have a man who claims to be Christ on earth hide pedophiles and then actually believe they know anything at all about righteousness?”
Rome is from the pit.
You seem to have some real issues here. I pray that you might experience the Peace and Resurrection Power of Christ this Easter. He truly can renew your mind, it sounds like you might need it.
Think he would buy us a Lottery ticket if we asked him nice?
Learn it. Live it.
Peace be with you at this holy season.
Bitterness and hatred are from the pit. Don’t embrace them.
In other words, he has accepted Christ.
We can all rejoice.
Some souls are sick and need prayer, the Easter season is a good time to ask for those prayers.
lol - point taken. My bad.
Dutchie, to be happy one must first practice forgiveness and gratitude. These are the antidotes to hate and envy. Are there bad Priest, yes. Does this mean all Priests are bad, no. Is pedaphilia an exclusive sin of Catholics? No. Is pedaphilia an act that was common in the ancient world and common in much of today’s Muslim world? Yes. What changed the ancient world’s view on pedaphilia? Was it Oprah, or Obama, or Christ?
Congratulations to our Catholic brethren on their fruitful efforts in expanding His Kingdom in America. Prayers for your continuing efforts and for the return of your prodigals.
Save the "Pope is the Antichrist" stuff for the theology threads.
Save the "Pope is the Antichrist" stuff for the theology threads."
Tap the brakes, Marshmallow. It was the Roman "crap" that brought up a Methodist converting to a Catholic. Does that kind of propaganda belong on this thread? Personal suffering? Journey through a "vale" (sic) of tears"? Please.
Rome and its thugs use all form of brainwashing to try to drag sheeple to the slaughter. We are simply here to provide insight into the destructive lives that the men leading this cult are living and what awaits the unsuspecting convert.
Take your advice and, well, just deposit it with the other bad advice that comes from Rome. We dispense truth here and sometimes it leaves a bruise. Get over it.
I doubt too many neutrals are won over by outbursts such as yours.
For several of them, that would be choir practice. Tonight. With me. And we told you we gave up torture centuries ago! Ha!
Rome and its thugs use all form of brainwashing to try to drag sheeple to the slaughter.
Yes, we make them take boring classes for eight months and read books. They're also required to pray and attend church. It's hideous!
And don't get me started on the covered dish suppers!
That's not how it works...You don't get baptized anything...Unless you're of course, a Catholic...You can be baptized a Catholic, born a Catholic, or even buy the position of pope as history shows us...
Christian baptism is for those only who have repented and turned to Jesus as their Savior...Baptism is an outward sign that we have participated in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ...
Not as Methodists, or Baptists, but Christians...
We Christians do not have to wait for Easter to experience that power...We have that power 24/7...
Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
WELCOME HOME Brother!:)-^..^=
WELCOME NEW BELIEVERS!!!!:)=^..^=
When I read that article, what happened with that gentleman in question, his life changing injuires and also his decision to become Catholic both have had or will will happen on my birthday Saturday, PRIASE GOD. :)=^..^=
Methodists baptize babies by sprinkling.
Baptists only baptize "believers," not babies, and only by immersion.
Do you seriously want me to believe that a Methodist who joins a Baptist church won't be rebaptized?
Great story, thanks for the post!
After reading that excellent article, what is going on is truly a miracle.
Why so much anger and hate? This anger and hate is not from God. Be happy and rejoice, people are coming to faith in Christ and are becoming Chiristians.
.....And that is the most important thing. The gentleman and the other people who are coming into the Church come Holy Saturday are puting on Christ.
My parish church this year is not having anyone come into the Church, either by baptism or by being recieved, but the whole parish will instead by have its faith renewed. :)=^..^=
Call it what you like, but we consider it an exposure of another of Rome's propaganda programs: Poor little man dies and becomes a Catholic. ROFLOL
Wait till we bring out the, "Man sees the pope in bean dip and becomes a Presbyterian."
Sorry guys, your article is pure, unadulterated trash talk proving absolutely nothing. And, the article is not about the man dying. It's all about the poor schmuck getting roped into that vicious cult of Rome.
Frankly, we appreciate you keeping this open since it provides an opportunity to stand against that Vatican horde and say, "Papists are wrongheaded and teach errant theology. Watch out for their traps. And, run, don't walk, to the nearest Bible to read the real story." We will continue to do so.
Prayers lifted for you.
Please do not project what you might feel upon my words. I would be very happy to see or hear another man/woman coming to Christ alone. Problem...the Roman monstrosity has overlain the beauty of simple faith in Jesus with ten thousand ceremonies, superstitions and traditions of men. Their contraption does not qualify as Christian.
When they are willing to repent, turn their backs on sacerdotalism, indulgences, sacraments, pointy hats, popemobiles, gold, absolution of sin, hail marios, our fathers, genuflecting, and all of the other baggage that wrongly implies/states that grace can be conferred by men, then we will be willing to sit down. Until then, we stand and say, you wrongly believe they teach the Gospel.
Sometime read the first 9 chapters of the letter to the Romans from Paul. Therein you will find that grace is not a business transaction from which a man can derive the wages of faith. Rather, the only thing we really deserve as "wages" is death. But, when God determines the time is right, His Spirit breathes life into certain chosen souls dead from sin. Those men/women begin to live and realize that God has placed saving faith into their undeserving hearts, washed them clean and adopted them as children. It is a "once and for all time" event. We cry, "Abba, Daddy". We have been transported from the domain of darkness to His realm of light.
It is nothing we do, nothing we say, nothing we think that got us there. But, we have been rescued as Paul was on the road to Damascus. He did not say words, perform ceremonies, think, act, believe...he just stood there and was captured by the Son of God.
The Catholic Church has so wrongly lead its people to believe joining, doing, chanting, performing, sacramenting (is that a word?), or some other things which the leadership imposes will provide the rescue of that man/woman's soul. This creates a man-centered gospel. We are here to set that record straight. If you have been laid hold of, the way Paul describes, then you have been granted faith and you are a Christian. If you believe salvation is found following the prescriptions of Rome, you have been shut up into a dark room of self-generated religion. You may despise this message, but it is true.
For this reason we call on Rome to repent of her atrocities and darkness...if she can.
Thank you. Ping to post #35.
I believe “sacramenting” is a word. This fall I am going “sacrmenting” that is, to visit my sister in Sacramento Calif.
Did you baptize yourself?
I am astounded every time I think of the millions of Catholic sheep that don’t actually get into their Bibles and see what God is saying to them. Instead they take for Gospel what ever is thrown their way by the Church. Either they are too lazy to actually study their Bibles or they are so far gone into the cult of man made rules they can not see the light that is right before them. It’s like sitting in a dark room at night when there is a light switch only a few feet away. What a waste.
Conversion, in truth is ongoing, and not just a one time thing. Even when one has been baptized, one must put on Christ all the time. Just a reflection.
No it is just we recognize, as G.K. Chesterton did, that “Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about.”
Thus, the Tradition of the Church, as understood down through the centuries as expressed via the Councils, Creeds and consensus of the Patristic Tradition, who were closer to the Apostles and thus Christ than you and me, means I will trust the faith defined and understood down through the centuries and not think that I can read it for myself and make interpretations that are orthodox.
Ultimately, rather you will admit it or not, that mindset is nothing but “theological relativism” and in that sense no different from individual secularist who argue that “I can decide what is right and wrong” apart from Tradition and objective truth.
And for the record, the Church takes the Scripture very seriously which is why so much of it is read at the Liturgy of the Church.
1And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. 2And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying: 3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. 5Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. 6Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. 7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 8Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God. 10Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: 12Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you. 13You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men. 14You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house. 16So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. 17Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled. 19He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men, shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 21You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. 22But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou Fool, shall be in danger of hell fire. 23If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath any thing against thee; 24Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother: and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift. 25Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing. 27You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. 30And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell. 31And it hath been said, Whoseoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce. 32But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery. 33Again you have heard that it was said to them of old, Thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord. 34But I say to you not to swear at all, neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God: 35Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king: 36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil. 38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other: 40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him. 41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two, 42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away. 43You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thy enemy. 44But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you: 45That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust. 46For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this? 47And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this? 48Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.
Peace be with you my FRiend.
I’ll agree; having been dead does kinda change the way you view life.
Several years ago we had a great leader and teacher who has passed on now but was the Chaplain of the Hospital, Prison, and two old folks homes here. We had great Bible studies as he taught right out of the scriptures. There was a Nun that came to all our studies and when we asked her why she came to us she said she just was not getting the teaching and spirituality at her Catholic church. She asked us to please keep it quiet about her coming as she didn’t think her church would like it. I don’t think they would have excommunicated her as they wont even do that to a pervert priest.
Sorry but you don’t have the power like you did in the dark ages to burn people at the stake. Just read your Bible for yourself and discover all the crap you have been doing to get to heaven is nothing but filthy rags to the Lord. Yes, it actually says that in the Bible.
I’m sure the Church takes the scriptures seriously except that important part that says not to add or detract from them. (purgatory, calling priest “father’, confession to a mere man, etc. etc.)