Do you want God to be your Father or Grandfather?

Dr. Peter Kreeft, CCH theological advisory board member, gives a beautiful reflection on fatherly “love” verses grandfatherly “kindness.” Sometimes we think we want kindness, rather than love, from our Heavenly Father. But God’s occasional “tough love” for us doesn’t go without benefit to our spiritual growth.

“Grandfathers are kind; fathers are loving. Grandfathers say, ‘Run along and have a good time'; fathers say , ‘But don’t do this or that.’ Grandfathers are compassionate, fathers are passionate. God is never once called our grandfather, much as we would prefer that to the inconveniently close, demanding, intimate father who loves us.” -PK

Read the whole article here.

Lord, give us the grace to be open to you loving us and molding us into the people you want us to be–even when it hurts!

On the Feasts of Sts. Monica and Augustine

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts our restless until they rest in you.” -St. Augustine

Do you have family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers away from the Catholic faith? Pray to Sts. Monica and Augustine. St. Monica prayed ceaselessly for the return of her son, Augustine, to the Church. She had the immense blessing of seeing him return to God before she passed away, and thereafter Augustine went on to become one of the greatest theologians, writers, and orators the Church has ever known.

There is hope for your loved ones to come home. Keep praying for them!

Sts. Monica and Augustine, pray for us!

Pope Benedict's August Prayer Intention Asks Western Christians to "Rediscover the Freshness & Enthusiasm of their Faith!"

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Benedict XVI’s Prayer Intentions for August

Pope Benedict’s general prayer intention for August is: “That World Youth Day in Madrid may encourage young people throughout the world to have their lives rooted and built up in Christ”.

His mission intention is: “That Western Christians may be open to the action of the Holy Spirit and rediscover the freshness and enthusiasm of their faith”.

Let us pray that the Catholics Come Home® apostolate serves Pope Benedict’s intentions to inspire Western Christians, and Christians world-wide, to return “home” to Christ’s Catholic Church.

CCH Featured Bible Passage: Do Not Be Anxious

“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

Do you often get overwhelmed and anxious about what the future holds? Matthew 6:34 reminds us to trust God by living in the present moment.

“Pray, hope and don’t worry. Anxiety doesn’t help at all. Our Merciful Lord will listen to your prayer.” -Padre Pio