Most of us do not have to look very far to find “non-practicing Catholics”in our circle of family and friends. Many of us are concerned about these loved ones; however,we don’t know how to help them. Obviously, most of them are searching,but how can we help them find their way home?
As baptized, practicing Catholics, we have a precious gift of faith and love from the Lord that needs to be shared with our non-practicing brothers and sisters. First, we need to pray for them. Secondly, we need to extend a personal invitation to them to come home to the Catholic Church.
Most non-practicing Catholics are waiting for an invitation to return. Many mistakenly think they are excommunicated and not welcome to return for a variety of reasons. Many non-practicing Catholics carry a tremendous amount of guilt and misinformation about the Church, so they are afraid of approaching the Church for fear of being rejected.
You can make a tremendous difference in someone’s life simply by reaching out to them and telling them that we miss them and would like for them to come back home to our Church family.
If you are a Baptized Catholic and are not currently practicing your faith, please accept this as your personal invitation to come home. Seek out a priest you feel comfortable with and talk about your situation with him. You are missed, you are prayed for, you are loved.