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Gus Supan wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Why is it that Catholicism promotes former or fallen away Catholics to Come Home (to the Catholic Church) instead of come to a personal relationship with Christ and letting the Holy Spirit direct them what church to go to?

Gus Supan

  { Why doesn't the Church encourage lapsed Catholics to have a relationship with Jesus instead? }

Bob replied:

Gus,

It's not one or the other. Coming home is coming to a personal relationship with Christ.

We wouldn't send them to another church. They are Catholics, first and foremost, and secondly:

  • If we believe our Church was founded by Christ, and we do, why would we suggest a different brand so to speak?

Catholics come home is simply that, a call to fallen away Catholics to come back to their Church and rediscover their faith in Christ and grow in the community that God already gave them.

Peace,

Bob Kirby

Mike replied:

Hi Gus,

Thanks for the question.

Paraphrasing, you said:

  • Why [not promote] a personal relationship with Christ and letting the Holy Spirit direct them what church to go to?

They have! That’s what becoming a Catholic entails . . . whether you are a fallen away Catholic or Protestant.

I don’t doubt that you have done so intellectually, but the Lord wants you to do so sacramentally by receiving His Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion. (Read John 6:50-69.) As Jesus says, if you do, You abide in Him. (John 6:56)

  • Don’t you want to abide in Him and the one Church He founded?

You can’t have more of a Personal Relationship with Him than receiving Him in the Eucharist and other sacraments.

If you think I am wrong here, please tell me how you can have more of a personal relationship with Him than by receiving His Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity in Holy Communion.

We didn't make this stuff up, we are just pass on what Jesus told us to do: obeying what He told Peter and His Apostles to do in the Church before His glorious Ascension and passing it on from generation to generation starting with the Early Church Fathers who you can read about here:

Mike

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