I read an obituary this morning in the Berkshire Eagle that Robert Moulton from North Adams had passed away.
In the mid 1980’s, while working as a Candy & Tobacco salesman on the road, I noticed a tiny little storefront on Main Street in North Adams.
It was just a little sliver of a hallway connected to Moulton’s Optical Center. The storefront was a Catholic Bookstore that one could enter from Main Street or from a little door through the Optical Center.
Mr. Moulton was a kind and gracious businessman who seemed much more like a Church Deacon than a Retailer.
After reading his obituary today, now I know why.
At that particular time in my faith-life, I was still a bit confused about where I stood in relationship to Catholicism. It is true that I was married in my home-church, St. Mark’s, to my Catholic wife. What was also true was that I had been absorbing non-Catholic Christian Theology for many years.
One tiny little gem that I found in Mr. Moulton’s book store was a Cassette Tape Series by Dr. Scott Hahn called “Answering Common Objections of the Catholic Church.”
See the link below to hear the first argument I wanted to have resolved.
One common argument against Catholicism that I had accepted was that Peter was not the Rock on which Jesus built His church. The YouTube video above is Dr. Hahn’s Biblical refutation of that argument.
When I first started listening to this man, I sensed that I was having a John 10:27 moment.
27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
The tiny little doctrine taught here by Jesus is that we will know His voice and follow it when we hear it. I could not ignore or deny hearing the Lord’s tender voice through Dr. Hahn and, thankfully, this tape series and this Theologian helped answer and unravel a great deal of confusion I had about my Christianity.
Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian scholar, who was “hell-bent,” or should I say “hades-bent,” on proving Catholics wrong. His attempt was much like a person lying on the beach trying to prove the sun cannot burn you. His exposition to the arguments against Catholic Theology forced him to study and re-study the Biblical positions on both sides.
Many of you might hear that same voice that I heard when you first listen to Scott Hahn. He is not a phony. I even wrote him a letter of thanks and received a personal reply a month later.
No matter where you are in your Christian life, you will enjoy hearing this very Biblical approach. If you are not interested or swayed, do not worry, you are still part of the Mystical and Corporate Body of Christ and covered by Jesus’ own prayer Himself in John 17; i.e. “that we may all be one.”
Thank you Mr. Moulton for your life of faith, your conversion and for your tiny little store.