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Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism Paperback – August 1, 1993
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"One of the beautiful and bright-shining stars in the firmament of hope for our desperate days is this couple, the Hahns, and this story of their life and their conversion."-- Peter Kreeft, Author, Back to Virtue
"Dynamic, fresh, and devoted are terms which describe the approach that Scott and Kimberly Hahn take to assist in the renewal of the Church in the United States. Now, with their conversion, they are admirably suited to assist Catholics in re-discovering the treasure that has been entrusted to them. My hope is that many people will benefit from contact with Scott and Kimberly Hahn through their stories of conversion."
--Most Reverend John Myers, Bishop of Peoria
About the Author
Scott Hahn, Ph.D., well-known as the author of several best-selling books including Rome Sweet Home and The Lamb's Supper, is a professor of scripture at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and a very popular scripture scholar and speaker.
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--p. 5: "Please understand, my ardent anti-Catholicism sprang from a zeal for God and a charitable desire to help Catholics be Christians. And it was the Catholics who could outdrink and outswear me before I became a Christian, so I knew how much help they needed." Haha.
--p. 10: "Kimberly means 'warrior maiden' in Gaelic." Och aye, lass, ye learn something new every day!
--p. 16: "For one thing, I learned that many so-called Bible Christians prefer to base their beliefs on feelings, without praying and thinking through Scripture."
--p. 21: "On September 31," say what?!?! Typo??
--p. 28: "So I resorted to an old family saying: 'Even a blind hog can find an acorn.' I mean, after two thousand years, the Catholic Church was bound to get something right." I thought it was a blind squirrel, but eh, why nitpick?
"Sometimes we would get together on Friday nights, meeting at Howard Johnson’s or some local pub for pizza and beer in order to talk theology until three in the morning," well, at least they weren't the militant teetotaller holier-than-thou temperance types!
p. 30: "In fact, I discovered that nowhere did Saint Paul ever teach that we were justified by faith alone! Sola fide was unscriptural!" But so many "Bible Christians" are too closed-minded to ever acknowledge this fact.
--p. 32: "In James 2: 24, the Bible teaches that 'a man is justified by works and not by faith alone.' Besides, Saint Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13: 2, '. . . if I have all faith so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.'"
--p. 41: "We gradually became convinced that Martin Luther let his theological convictions contradict the very Scripture that he supposedly chose to obey rather than the Catholic Church."
--p. 44: "I had already shown my parishioners that the one and only place where Christ used the word 'covenant' was when he instituted the Eucharist, or communion, as we called it. Yet we only took communion four times a year."
p. 45: "Next I took my parishioners through the Gospel of John, and, much to my shock, I discovered that the Gospel was loaded with sacramental imagery."
--p. 52: "'Yeah, 2 Thessalonians 2: 15”' I said weakly. 'What does that say again?' 'Paul tells the Thessalonians, "So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter."'"
--p. 53: "'**you really can’t demonstrate sola scriptura from Scripture. The Bible doesn’t expressly declare that it is the Christian’s only authority.** In other words, Scott, sola scriptura is essentially the historic confession of the Reformers, over and against the Catholic claim that it is Scripture plus the Church and Tradition. For us, then, it is a theological presupposition, our starting point rather than a proven conclusion.'" [emphasis added] WOW!!
--p. 99: "After finishing one particularly exciting session—on 'A Biblical Explanation of Indulgences'—an older parishioner named Joe announced, 'Yep, sometimes it takes an immigrant to explain it for the natives.'" Haha, true enough, kinda like with patriotism, i.e. naturalised citizens schooling native-born ones.
--p. 175: "We appreciated our evangelical tradition, where people sing and pray wholeheartedly. So, one of the elements of worship our family has most appreciated at Franciscan University is the way people participate. As Scott says, 'If the Eucharist doesn’t make you want to sing, what would?'" And as more than one of my priests and fellow Catholic lay members has said, "When you sing, you pray twice."
--p. 179: "Let’s face it, many of these non-Catholics put us to shame. With Bible in hand, plus lots of zeal, they do far more with less than many Catholics who have the fullness of Faith in the Church but who are famished and fast asleep. We share with them so much of the truth about Christ in Scripture; but what they lack is nothing less than the real and substantial presence of Christ in the Eucharist. To state it simply, they study the menu while we enjoy the Meal!"