(c) Catholics Return 2012
Top 10 Reasons to Come Back
No matter how long you have been away from the Catholic Church, you can always come home. You can
start going to Mass again (find a parish) and become a part of a parish community that is ready to
welcome you with open arms. God is inviting you to dive into your faith in a deeper way than you ever
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.
There are numerous reasons for coming back to the Church. Though Christ is at the heart of the many
reasons to come home to the Church, each individual’s experience in returning can be unique, depending
upon whatever speaks to his or her heart.
Here are ten reasons (by Lorene Hanley Duqin of Our Sunday Visitor: http://www.osv.com and edited by
Catholics Come Home) that influenced the decision of many of us to return to the practice of the Catholic
Number 10: Because we want meaning in life.
In the hustle of today's busy lifestyles, many of us suddenly realize that our lives have lost a sense of
meaning or purpose. We begin to ask ourselves, “What is my life all about? Why do I do what I do?”
There is widespread confusion in our culture with regard to morality and truth. The Catholic Church offers
a beacon of light that gives meaning to our existence and leads to eternal life if we persevere.
Number 9: Because childhood memories surface.
Some people say childhood memories of feeling connected to God surface in later life. We begin to ask
ourselves, “Is it possible to recapture that simplicity of faith? Can I ever really believe that God is
watching out for me?” The secularization of our society leads people away from the spiritual side of
themselves. The Catholic Church offers BOTH religious and mystical experiences that feed the heart, the
mind, the body and the soul AS WELL AS an array of active lay ministries that interface and interact with
the secular world in order to make it a holier world to live in.
Number 8: Because we made mistakes.
Some of us become burdened with the weight of accumulated sin. We want to get rid of the guilt of having
hurt others. We begin to ask ourselves, “Will God ever forgive me? Is there any way I can start over with
a clean slate?” You can always tell God that you're sorry, but through the Sacrament of Reconciliation you
have a complete assurance of God's forgiveness. In addition, you are reconciled not only with God but
with all the members in the Church, the Body of Christ (CCC 1440) and given the grace to start again with
that new slate.
Number 7: Because we need to forgive others.
Sometimes we hold on to anger and resentment toward individuals who have hurt us deeply. Maybe it
was a family member or friend. Perhaps it was someone, (a sister or a priest), or something in the
Church. “Will God ever forgive me?” Our modern culture condones and encourages anger and revenge.
But hatred and bitterness are spiritual cancers that eat at the heart of a person. The Catholic Church
provides the opportunity to seek God's help in forgiving others, even when the other person does not ask
for forgiveness or does not deserve it. The ability to forgive is a gift that opens a person's heart more fully
to God's love and peace.
Number 6: Because we want to be healed.
Some of us carry deep spiritual wounds. We struggle with anger at God over bad things that happen–a
terminal illness, a debilitating injury, a broken relationship, mental or emotional problems, an act of
violence against an innocent person, an unexplainable accident, some natural disaster, the death of a
loved one or some other deep disappointment. The Catholic Church cannot change these situations or
explain why they happened. But there are people in the Church who can assist in the process of spiritual
healing and help you get on with your life.
Number 5: Because the Catholic Church has the fullness of truth and grace.
Many of us who leave the Catholic Church are blessed by the experience of worshiping for awhile in
various Christian denominations. But some people come back when they realize that Catholicism has the
fullness of truth and grace. The Catholic Church was not founded by a single reformer or historical
movement. It is not fragmented by individual interpretations of Scripture. There are thousands of Christian
denominations, but only one Catholic Church. This Church has been guided by the Holy Spirit and
protected from teaching error on issues of faith and morals from generation to generation for some two
thousand years, as Our Lord Jesus promised: (foretold Isaiah 22:15-25) Matt 16:13-20; Matthew 18:15-18
(in this verse the word is church, not community); 1 Tim 3:15.
Number 4: Because we want our children to have a faith foundation.
Some of us return to the Catholic Church because we recognize that raising children in a culture that
promotes "doing your own thing" can lead to disaster. Children need to experience the spiritual
dimensions of life. They need a structured system of belief and a firm moral foundation that goes beyond
human logic and reasoning. We return because we want a solid foundation upon which our children can
build their lives.
Number 3: Because we want to be part of a faith community.
Many of us seek a sense of belonging. But community is more than just friendly people, good sermons
and interesting activities. A Catholic Christian community is a group of people who gather around the
person of Jesus Christ to worship God and live in the light of the Holy Spirit. Catholics come together at
Mass, in the Sacraments and in parish activities to pray, to celebrate joys, to mourn losses, to serve
others, to provide support and to receive strength for daily life. A Catholic parish offers all of this - and
much more - to people who recognize the importance of walking with others toward union with God.
Number 2: Because we want to help other people.
There are lots of opportunities within the secular world to volunteer. What's missing is the spiritual
dimension that service within the Catholic Church provides. It's more than just a "feel good" activity. It's
part of the "great commandment" (See Mark 12:28) to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself. In
reaching out to others, Catholic volunteers become instruments of God's love. The Catholic Church offers
opportunities to touch the lives of people at home or around the world.
Number 1: Because we hunger for the
[The Eucharist is the number one reason that people
come back to the Church.]
Many people come back to the Catholic Church
because they feel an intense longing for the
Eucharist. Sometimes it happens at a wedding, a
funeral, a baptism, a First Communion or a
Confirmation. Sometimes it happens when people are
alone or facing difficulties in life. They describe it as a
deep hunger for the spiritual nourishment that comes
when they receive the Body and Blood, Soul and
Divinity of Jesus Christ. This hunger for the Eucharist
triggers a recognition of the presence of Christ in
other sacraments, which draws them even more
deeply into the practice of their faith. It is, without
exception, the number one reason that people come
back to the Catholic Church.
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.
And what do we get in return? The Catholic Church
offers union with Jesus Christ:
in the Scripture
in the community of others
in the Eucharist
and in the other sacraments.
It offers spiritual support in good times and bad. It
offers divine wisdom which is thousands of years old
from people just like YOU who lived in each and
every century throughout Christian history: 33AD,
100AD, 800AD, 1000AD, 1300AD, 1964AD and
2005AD. It offers meaning and purpose in this life and
the promise of eternal life with Him after death for
those who persevere to the end.
You'll know you are home when you begin to feel a
deep sense of peace.
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Top 10 Reasons to Come Back to the Catholic
Church... courtesy St. Michael the Archangel Catholic
Church in Monroe, Michigan on freerepublic.com