“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.
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!
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!
“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!
Today we celebrate the feast of the conversion of the great “apostle to the Gentiles.” 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!
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!
“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…”
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.
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
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
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