Can you prove…? Lesson 2

Last Tuesday, we left you with some articles to help you prove the existence of God. Now, we want to share with you another of Dr. Kreeft’s articles that explains the problem of pain, what Kreeft considers “the one serious objection to the existence of God.”

If God is good, why is there so much bad in the world? Read more about the problem of pain so you can increase your own understanding, and share your knowledge with others to help them grow in faith:

The Problem of Evil

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Can you prove…?

As Catholics, we should always be ready to defend our faith, to give a reason for our hope (1 Peter 3:15). From time to time, we will post some articles to our blog we recommend that will help you to learn more about your Catholic Faith, so you can answer those questions that start with “Can you prove…?”

Today’s topic: Can you prove the existence of God?

Check out these wonderful and clear articles by Dr. Peter Kreeft:

Can you prove that God exists?
Can you prove God exists?

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CatholicsComeHome reaching the WORLD…through the world wide web.

Another inspiring e-mail we received at CatholicsComeHome.org, this time from across the world in Malaysia:

Though I come from Malaysia where airing of Christian TV commercials and TV programs are not allowed, I thank God that He has allowed many Catholics like us to access websites like Catholics Come Home….through the internet!!!

Please pray that we will always have that freedom to strengthen our faith.

With prayers and love,
Linda, Malaysia”

Take advantage of the wonderful opportunity to grow in your faith and love of Christ and His Catholic Church each day at CatholicsComeHome.org.

Bored at Mass?

Sadly, many Catholics haven’t had or taken the opportunity to really learn what’s happening at Mass… By journeying through the parts of the Mass, we hope you will find new excitement in this joyful and meaningful celebration of our Faith every Sunday (or every day)!

Today’s Bored at Mass? feature: The PRE-GAME

In order for us to “make the most” of each Mass, it is important for us to ready our hearts, minds, and bodies prior to walking into church on Sunday.

How to ready our hearts: Take time to reflect before you go to Mass. Think about the desires and intentions of your heart you want to place before Lord that day. Also, prepare your heart to praise Him in all His glory during Mass.

How to ready our minds: Michael Dubruiel, in The How-to Book of the Mass, points out that “Some of us play an intellectual game at Mass of finding fault with the way the Mass is celebrated…But the Mass is not a place for us to sit back like a movie and to find fault; rather, it is a place to encounter Jesus Christ” (page 30).

How to ready our bodies: We should all take the time to examine our thoughts, words, and actions before Mass. Perhaps we’ll find we need go to Confession to get rid of our sins and receive forgiveness before receiving Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.

Lost & Found Tip: The warm-up sets the pace for the game. How we prepare for Mass will help guide our prayer and focus during the Mass. This Sunday, prepare yourself for who you are about to encounter at Mass—Jesus. He’s truly present, so we should want to give Him our best!

Mall ministry reaches believers where they shop…including CatholicsComeHome.org DVDs!

In the spirit of celebrating Christmas for the entire Church calendar (through THIS Sunday, January 10, 2010, “Baptism of the Lord”), check-out the article below about Fr. Mark Toups of the diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Louisiana – and the ‘mall ministry’ kiosk they headed up at their local mall to reach out to inactive Catholics and invite them back to Mass…including handing out CatholicsComeHome.org DVDs :

“Locals who have taken to the Southland Mall for an early start on the holiday shopping season over the last week may have noticed something a little less conventional during their spree – a cart containing information about the Catholic Church and the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux.

The program known as “mall ministry” was the brainchild of Bishop Sam Jacobs who said the mall was chosen because that is where the majority of the people are at this time of year.

“I think if Jesus Christ were here today he would minister in the shopping malls,” the bishop said in a release. “That’s where the people are.”…
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CatholicsComeHome.org reaching college students…another e-mail we received!

After recently sharing Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for January on our news blog (for young people to use the modern media to grow in holiness and service), how fitting that we received this supportive message from a college student:

The “Catholics Come Home” campaign is in full swing in the Diocese of Providence and I am writing primarily to thank you for your efforts to evangelize those who have fallen away from the church. As a college student, I can already see changes among many and I have been inspired to help many of my peers understand Catholicism….”

Be sure to visit CatholicsComeHome.org each day to grow in your faith!

Catholics Come Home recommends…

Looking to learn more about God’s Word this year? Catholics Come Home recommends these great Bible-learning resources to help you fall in love with Scripture this New Year.

The Great Adventure—This Bible study program offers materials and resources that make learning salvation history through Scripture exciting and transformative. Hundreds of thousands have grown in their Catholic Faith and understanding of God’s Word using this incredible system.

The Bible Compass, Dr. Edward Sri—This resource provides an excellent overview to reading Scripture and is the perfect “need-to-know” guide to have read in preparation for or during your Bible reading journey. We love this book here at Catholics Come Home!

Praying Scripture For A Change: An Introduction To Lectio Divina, Dr. Tim Gray—This book will help you to learn the power of praying Scripture through the process of Lectio Divina. Once you read this book, reading Scriptures will never be the same!

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Pope's prayer intention for January 2010

Pope Benedict offers two intentions every month, one general, and one for a particular Catholic missionary activity.

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for January 2010 is:

“We pray for all young people throughout the world, especially in the ways that social communications media affect them.  Lord, may your beloved young people learn to use modern means of communication for their personal growth in holiness.  Let them use media to better prepare themselves to serve society.”

May CatholicsComeHome.org use of the media bring many closer to Christ’s Catholic Church.

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Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Why do Catholics honor Mary as Mother of God?

Simple: Jesus is the son of Mary. Jesus is God. Therefore, Mary is the Mother of God.

On this holy feast day, we take a moment as we start our new year to honor our Blessed Mother, who in her “yes” to God brought our Savior into the world to redeem us.

Lost & Found Tip: Jesus says on the cross, “Behold your Mother.” As we all jump into the frenzy of the new year and start attempting to bring our resolutions to fruition, let us call on the aid of our Mother Mary to give us the strength to draw closer to her Son every day this year.

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!

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