Sunday, June 6, 2010
No matter how long you have been away from the Catholic Church, you can always come home.
You may already be feeling a strange inner pull to look into the Church again.
That spiritual longing you feel is God drawing you back to Himself.
God never forces; He only invites.
He leaves the decision to return to the Catholic Church up to you.
Here are ten reasons (by Lorene Hanley Duqin of Our Sunday Visitor), that influenced the decision of many Catholics to return to the practice of the Catholic faith:
10: Because we want meaning in life.
9: Because childhood memories surface.
8: Because we made mistakes.
7: Because we need to forgive others.
6: Because we want to be healed.
5: Because the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth and grace.
4: Because we want our children to have a faith foundation.
3: Because we want to be part of a faith community.
2: Because we want to help other people.
1: Because we hunger for the Eucharist.
[The Eucharist is the number one reason that people come back to the Church.]
For each reason to be explained, go to HERE.
Most people discover that coming back to the Church is not an event as much as it is a process that involves a little pain, a little laughter, some thinking, some prayer, some discernment and a lot of letting go.
“My actual return to full participation in a parish took about three years after I felt the first longing,” one person admitted.
You'll know you are home when you begin to feel a deep sense of peace.