News Story: People returning to Confession because of Pope

“In Latin America, during Holy Week many people who hadn’t confessed for many years” returned to the sacrament because of things they had heard Pope Francis say…

“Many young people, men and women in these church groups have not only rediscovered the faith they lost along the way or a faith that had become sterile and indifferent, but they have undergone a real conversion of their lives,” Archbishop Fisichella said.

Read more here!

Have you been away from the Sacrament of Confession for a while? Learn more and come home!

Happy Feasts of Saints Monica and Augustine!

At Catholics Come Home, we hear from many parents who continually pray for their children to return to the Catholic Church. There are few people who understand these parents’ hearts and struggles better than St. Monica.

St. Monica prayed unceasingly, fasted, and wept for the conversion of her son, Augustine, back to the Catholic Faith from his wayward lifestyle. Before St. Monica’s death, St. Augustine became a practicing Catholic–and he would later go on to become one of the greatest bishops and theologians the Church has ever seen.

“I do not know what there is left for me to do or why I am still here, all my hopes in this world being now fulfilled. All I wished for was that I might see you a Catholic and a child of Heaven. God granted me even more than this in making you despise earthly felicity and consecrate yourself to His service.” -St. Monica to St. Augustine

If you have children away from the Church (or any family or close friends), pray to St. Monica! In her own words: “Nothing is far from God.”

St. Monica (feast day: August 27) and St. Augustine (feast day: August 28), pray for us!

Best People We Know Radio Show with CCH Founder Tom Peterson

Check out the radio program, Sharing Spiritual Strength, with guest Tom Peterson. Tom discusses his life as a successful business executive before a conversion that led him to downsize and simplify and begin his Catholic apostolate. Learn how the Catholic Faith can bring peace and purpose to your life!

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!

CCH Featured Book

Reasons to BelieveCheck out the CCH store on CatholicsComeHome.org! Today’s featured book: Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain, and Defend the Catholic Faith. Get a copy for you or a friend on our site, and support the work of CCH in the process. Thanks for your prayers and support for inviting Catholics home to the Church!

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul!

Today we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great “apostle to the st-paulGentiles.” After his conversion, St. Paul spread the Gospel fervently and with tremendous love for the Lord about whom he preached.

Read about the conversion of this great saint here.

St. Paul, great evangelist and example of God’s mercy, pray for us!

CCH Recommends…

An oldie but goodie! Even if you have already read Rome Sweet Home by Dr. Scott and Kimberly Hahn, it is certainly worth another read…or…perhaps you can think of someone in your life who could greatly benefit from reading their powerful conversion stories. Either way, this book is a must-have on your bookshelf!

Rome Sweet HomeRome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism

By Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn

“The well-known and very popular Catholic couple, Scott and Kimberly Hahn, have been constantly travelling and speaking all over North America for the last few years about their conversion to the Catholic Church. Now these two outstanding Catholic apologists tell in their own words about the incredible spiritual journey that led them to embrace Catholicism. Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister, the top student in his seminary class, a brilliant Scripture scholar, and militantly anti-Catholic … until he reluctantly began to discover that his “enemy” had all the right answers. Kimberly, also a top-notch theology student in the seminary, is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, and went through a tremendous “dark night of the soul” after Scott converted to Catholicism…”
Find this book and more great Catholic books on CatholicsComeHome.org!

CCH Recommends…

Mega Church PastorCheck out Allen Hunt’s new book, Confessions of a Mega-Church Pastor!

The book details Hunt’s discovery of the hidden treasures of the Catholic Church and the many beautiful elements of the Faith that many Catholics take for granted. His moving story reminds us that personal holiness is the key to doing God’s will and becoming the people God created us to be.

Supportive E-mail We Received From Wendy in WI!

We are blessed with many supportive messages and conversion stories that we receive via e-mail.  Hope the message below from Wendy in Wisconsin inspires your day:

“I was so impressed by your beautiful tv commercials, I had to come check you out. I was away from the Church for many years, and have been “home” for about 12 years. I am a Eucharistic Minister & Catechist in my parish, and I am very interested in helping others to find their way into the Church. I will be sharing your information with my parish and friends who have fallen away from God. Thank you for starting such an important ministry! God Bless You!” – Wendy, WI

Visit CatholicsComeHome.org and rediscover the richness of your Catholic faith!

Great CD/MP3 Recommendation

Check out Steve Ray’s “Finding the Fullness of the Faith” conversion story from Protestantism to the Catholic Faith.

His story is filled with tons of powerful and useful information for Catholics and non-Catholics alike…It’s one of our CCH team favorites!

You can get the CD or download the MP3 from Lighthouse Catholic Media.

Here’s what one listener had to say about Steve Ray’s talk: “I am a Protestant about to begin RCIA. This helped to clarify a number of questions and to affirm my decision to explore the Catholic Faith.” -Sharon – Chicago, IL

You can find even more great Catholic talks from Lighthouse Catholic Media’s store.