Sunday, February 03, 2013

NEWS FLASH...Fr. Charlie McTague's Third Mistake

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

I just found this document that dates from 2007.  The author, George Pereny was an interesting aquaintence of the saintly Fr. Charles McTague. I had the great pleasure of talking with Fr. Charlie for about an half hour a few months prior to his death.

The Third Mistake

Again, being a people pleaser I had not asked him if he wanted to become a Catholic. He had told me he was Jewish, and I mistakenly for the second time thought I might offend a Jewish person. You would think that a person would not continue, continue to make the same mistake the third time.

I visited a Jewish professor of the Institute of Advanced Science at Princeton University. For over 30 minutes he asked me about the Catholic Mass—what is it? What happens? What I believe happens. He patiently listened to my answers. I explained that I believe that Jesus is the second person of the Trinity, true God, true man, who on Holy Thursday at the termination of the Seder Meal took the Afikomen and cup of Elijah and changed them into His body and blood for us. Heaven and Earth then became joined. All who receive Communion are united to God and united to each other—a Unifying principle.
I never recall any student ever giving me such attention with such frequent questions. My student’s name was Dr. Albert Einstein of Mercer Street, Princeton. He asked me to send him all the books I could get on the Mass in German. He showed no rejection of the Trinity, of Christ, of my explanation of the Mass. But I never asked him if he’d like to become a Catholic. There are baptisms of water, blood, and desire--I hope he fulfilled it.

Albert Einstein received three years of Catholic schooling as a child at the Petersschule in Munich. He must have been present at Holy Mass at least 30 times.  His whole life he was consumed with the study of the mystery of light and its role in a grand unifying theory. He never found it!  Or did he?

Eucharist = Mass (on the day of rest) x (Mystery of Light—Consecration of the Body) x (Mystery of Light —Consecration of the Blood)  

Here is another blogger's take on that providential meeting:

Sincerely yours
in Jesus and Mary,

  Mike Rizzio

Imitate Mary
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God

Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!

* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael

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