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New Page Added explaining Grave Offenses against God

Learn about what constitutes a grave offense against God… visit our newest page explaining Mortal Sin.

We are all morally responsible for avoiding it, so we are responsible for making sure we understand it as well.

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Catholics Come Home.org is for everyone.  The homepage features three doors, one of which is designed especially for you!

I’m Not Catholic
If you’re a Protestant, Evangelical or of another faith tradition; the I’m Not Catholic door has information pertaining to you. Or maybe you consider yourself an atheist, agnostic, or not really religious, then the I’m Not Catholic door has information pertaining to you too. Inside you will find resources that will help you understand what we believe as Catholics. Non-Catholics who have explored our site are often surprised to find out that there is much more to Catholicism than they ever realized. Check it out. You have nothing to lose. We’re glad you’re here.

I’m Not Currently Attending Mass
If you were baptized Catholic but just haven’t been to Mass in a while, or maybe you left the practice of your Catholic faith for a particular reason, then the I’m Not Currently Attending Mass door is for you. Entering this door will help you with information to help you consider a journey home to the Church. This door also features information on Church teachings. You will discover why it’s worth returning to the Catholic Faith, no matter how long you’ve been away or what’s happened while you’ve been gone. God will never stop searching for you. Jesus wants to invite you back into His big and loving Catholic family, in the Church He founded 2,000 years ago. Christ is calling you home, but the choice is ultimately yours. We’ve missed you and we’re glad you are here.
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If you’re currently a practicing Catholic, the I’m Proud to Be Catholic door is for you. Here you can learn how to help your loved ones come home to the Catholic Church, as well as learning how you can participate in helping countless other souls return to Christ and the sacraments. We have also provided excellent educational tools to explore the wonders of our Catholic Faith. Additionally, if you’re interested in finding out how to air evangomercialsTM in your diocese, discover more by opening this door. We’re so thankful for your passion for the New Evangelization, and your support of our apostolate. We can’t do it without you.

Q&A about Relics

There is a great resource, at www.catholic.com/tracts/relics to explain some confusion people may have about relics as a sacramental.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart, in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for my sins, for the intentions of all my relatives and friends, and in particular for the intentions of the Holy Father.

Amen.

 

Why go to Confession for Venial Sins?

Catholic Catechism – 1458    Without being strictly necessary, confession of everyday faults (venial sins) is nevertheless strongly recommended by the Church.59 Indeed the regular confession of our venial sins helps us form our conscience, fight against evil tendencies, let ourselves be healed by Christ and progress in the life of the Spirit. By receiving more frequently through this sacrament the gift of the Father’s mercy, we are spurred to be merciful as he is merciful:60 (1783, 2468)

Whoever confesses his sins… is already working with God. God indicts your sins; if you also indict them, you are joined with God. Man and sinner are, so to speak, two realities: when you hear “man” — this is what God has made; when you hear “sinner” — this is what man himself has made. Destroy what you have made, so that God may save what he has made…. When you begin to abhor what you have made, it is then that your good works are beginning, since you are accusing yourself of your evil works. The beginning of good works is the confession of evil works. You do the truth and come to the light.61

See the Catechism for more details on the subject.

“We Three Kings” Hymn composed by native of Pittsburg

Since we sang the hymn “We Three Kings” this past weekend for Epiphany, I thought it would be interesting to look up the history of the song.  Since childhood it has been one of my favorite Christmas songs.   Low and behold, Pittsburgh born Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr., (1820- 1891) wrote this son as part of a 1857, Christmas pageant for the General Theological Seminary in New York City.  The song was published six years later in his book Carols, Hymns and Song.  It was published two years later as well, both times with the title, “Three Kings of Orient.”

Also, Reverend John  Henry Hopkins, Jr., edited the final volume of music created by Bishop  John  Freeman Young, author of “Silent Night, Holy Night.” His father, Bishop John  Henry Hopkins, was the senior bishop at the consecration of Bishop Young.

Spiritual Classic Exerpt ……

“The Art of Loving God” 

by St. Francis de Sales

Ch. 2 – Embrace God’s Will: 

Let Our Lord Carry Your Soul

It is quite true that it takes a very great confidence thus to abandon ourselves without any reserve to Divine Providence; but then,  when we abandon everything, our Lord takes care of everything and orders everything.  On the other hand, if we reserve anything to ourselves, instead of confiding it in Him, He leaves it to us saying as it were, “You think yourselves wise enough to manage this matter without me; well, I will leave you to do so. You will see how you will succeed.”

Mary Magdalene, who had given herself up wholly to the will of our Lord, remained at His feet and listened while He spoke. (Fn 1)  When He ceased to speak she also ceased to listen, but still, she never stirred from the place she had taken near Him. So it is with the soul that has surrendered itself; it has nothing else to do but to rest in the arms of our Lord like a child on his mother’s breast. When she puts him down to walk, he walks until, she takes him up again, and when she wishes to carry him, he allows her to do so.   He neither knows nor thinks where he is going , but allows himself to be carried or led wherever his mother pleases.  So the soul that has abandoned itself  to God lets itself be carried when it lovingly accepts the will of God’s good pleasure in all things that happen, and walks when it carefully does all that the known will of God demands.

You as me now if it is possible that our will should  be so absolutely dead in our Lord, that we no longer know what we wish or what we do not wish.  I reply in the first place that, however much we may have renounced ourselves, we always retain our liberty and our free will to such a degree that some desires or volitions stir within us.  These, however, are not absolute volitions or complete desires, for as soon as a soul that has abandoned itself to the good pleasure of God perceives within itself any volition, it immediately puts it to death, in order to make the will of God live in its place.

Fn 1:  Luke 10:39

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