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I Know This Is Where I Should Be (Former VMI Superintendent conversion story)
National Catholic Register ^ | 4/23/2011 | Josiah Bunting III

Posted on 04/28/2011 9:14:23 AM PDT by markomalley

I write in the full consciousness that each person’s route to reception into the Catholic Church is singular, a pathway he must follow alone, however conscious (and grateful) he may be for the solicitude and friendship of those who lead and guide him.

I was raised in a conventional Protestant household; “went to church” with my parents in a small New England village — a Congregational church, one of whose ministers was Richard Niebuhr (whose piety and earnestness I well remember, and with gratitude). My boarding school obliged us to “attend chapel” daily, the rituals and hymns being more or less standard Episcopalian observances; the music of some of the great old hymns made a far more powerful impression on me than the sermons we heard and “responsive readings” we recited.

In college in the United States, and at the University of Oxford, and in significant ways through my reading of the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins and his early spiritual mentor, Cardinal John Henry Newman, I began to recognize what I might call a spiritual hunger for something which the church of which I remained a nominal member was unable to assuage. I began also, through Newman, but also through much reading (not very purposive or well-organized), to be drawn to the very early Church (Paul in particular), to the Church Fathers, to the sacrifices of its first Christians, and to what I was coming to believe was the Christian communion that had sustained their creeds, their faith, their consciousness of Christ’s glory.

This must be the holy Catholic Church. Its creeds were dogma — immanent, unchanging, beyond cavil — and I embraced them with an overwhelming consciousness that I was called to embrace them. I had to.

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1 posted on 04/28/2011 9:14:24 AM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

I wonder if he knows his Salvation in now in Mary.


2 posted on 04/28/2011 9:18:15 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: markomalley

Good story. I’ve read some of Gen. Bunting’s articles over the years. I’d like to meet him.


3 posted on 04/28/2011 9:20:03 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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To: sr4402

Now now, Mary died for no ones’ sins.


4 posted on 04/28/2011 9:23:14 AM PDT by Grunthor (The man or woman who doesn't forgive has forgotten the price that Christ paid for them on the Cross.)
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To: sr4402; Anoreth

Bless your heart. I’m sure it’s never occurred to him to study and evaluate the Church’s Marian teachings and devotions. After all, it’s obvious from this article, his career, and his publication history that he’s a light-minded and barely-literate man ... like St. Thomas More, for example, or Pope Benedict.

(Fill in flashing holographic Sarcasm indicator here. Patent pending.)


5 posted on 04/28/2011 9:23:14 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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6 posted on 04/28/2011 9:25:28 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: markomalley
I got to know Si Bunting quite well when he was the president of the college I went to (before he went to VMI). He is one of the most fascinating people I've ever met in my life.
7 posted on 04/28/2011 9:27:23 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tax-chick
Bunting is an amazing man!
8 posted on 04/28/2011 9:28:10 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Tax-chick
They're just so darn cute when they say things like that ...
9 posted on 04/28/2011 9:29:24 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Grunthor; Tax-chick
Now now, Mary died for no ones’ sins.

Pope Pius IX said that 'all Salvation' is obtained in Mary. Ubi Primam 1849. Thus he said 'all salvation' for the catholic is obtained in Mary.

Could you explain how she did it?

10 posted on 04/28/2011 9:32:21 AM PDT by sr4402
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To: sr4402

What a ridiculous and uninformed statement!


11 posted on 04/28/2011 9:35:18 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: markomalley

Congrats, WELCOME and WELCOME HOME!

And I thank this new member for his service to the country as well.


12 posted on 04/28/2011 9:41:20 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: pgkdan

I’m fascinated by the number of “I’m now a Catholic but I used to be an unsaved Protestant” posts that show up here.

All I know is that we’ve met dozens of ex-Catholics at our non-affiliated community church over the last few years, and since it’s a big place (22,000 for Easter worships) I’m sure there’s a lot more where those came from.

If Maryolatry wasn’t such an entrenched tradition the Catholic beliefs might be more compelling, but... there you go.


13 posted on 04/28/2011 9:42:40 AM PDT by ColoCdn (Neco eos omnes, Deus suos agnoset)
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To: ColoCdn
If Maryolatry wasn’t such an entrenched tradition the Catholic beliefs might be more compelling, but... there you go.

I think it's just hilarious the way you kids make up new words all the time. You're just soooo darn creative.

14 posted on 04/28/2011 9:49:39 AM PDT by pgkdan ( "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine / There's always laughter and good red wine / ...Belloc)
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To: sr4402; ArrogantBustard

Why, you’ve found a couple of out-of-context quotes. Isn’t that clever? You could find the entire text of Pope Pius IX’s document at NewAdvent.org, and then, assuming good reading comprehension, you could understand the exact meaning he intended to convey. Having achieved this, you could either agree or disagree with the belief presented.

Don’t you think Gen. Bunting would be able to do something like that, if this particularly phrasing were of deep concern to him? Do you imagine he reached the age of 70, and his high military and academic positions, without ever encountering the Basic Anti-Catholic Talking Points?


15 posted on 04/28/2011 9:51:45 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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To: wagglebee

I’m sure that’s true. Why, he taught at the same school as Stonewall Jackson. It just gives me the shivers ;-).


16 posted on 04/28/2011 9:54:08 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Tornado relief: http://www.baptistsonmission.org/Projects/North-Carolina/Tornado)
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To: Tax-chick; wagglebee

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting (both personally and professionally) a few VMI grads over the years. Outstanding gentlemen, all.


17 posted on 04/28/2011 9:58:31 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: sr4402
Ubi Primam

That would be "Ubi Primum". You guys never seem to get the Latin right.

Thus he said 'all salvation' for the catholic is obtained in Mary.

No, he said "every hope, every grace, and all salvation" came through Mary, because it was God's will that it be so. Not the same thing at all.

Jesus came through Mary. Jesus is all salvation. Ergo, all salvation came through Mary.

18 posted on 04/28/2011 10:19:47 AM PDT by Campion ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies when they become fashions." -- GKC)
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To: sr4402
"I wonder if he knows his Salvation in now in Mary."

Those who repeat that old lie need to get used to hearing, "I never knew you" since that's the end result of such lies catching up with them. Especially those who think their salavation is in what (You Name Here) interprets the Scripture to mean based on the "Lego Block Method of Biblical Interpretation".

19 posted on 04/28/2011 10:26:27 AM PDT by Rashputin (Barry is insane., so handlers keep him medicated and on the golf course.)
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To: ArrogantBustard

Good thing you dont know me, I would ruin the curve.


20 posted on 04/28/2011 10:28:54 AM PDT by Ratman83
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