Scott Hahn gives awesome Biblical Explanations to some great questions about Catholic teaching. Why did God change names of Biblical Characters? Why worship on Sunday? Why is eating the Body of Christ in the Eucharist not cannibalism? What difference does it make whether or not we are Catholic? What’s wrong with the “Jesus and me” mindset?
Dr. Scott Hahn answers question about Purgatory, Sunday or Sabbath… etc….
Natalie was baptized a Catholic but her mother left the Church soon after Natalie’s first communion. She endured much abuse and violence in he home as a child and into her adult life. When she was 18, she accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, eventually becoming a faithful Pentecostal. Natalie’s journey back to the Catholic Church began when her sister wanted to get a divorce. Natalie didn’t know whether or not to pray for reconciliation or that her sister find a new husband. Her research into the matter brought her to a discovery of the Church Father leading her Home.
This is another great conversion story. If you have never seen “The Journey Home” on EWTN, it’s well worth a look see.
Father Thwaites describes his journey from being a Christian Scientist to the Church of England and his eventual entry into the Catholic Church. Father Thwaites spent three years in a Japanese POW camp during World War II. Nine years after this broadcast Father went to his eternal reward on August 21, 2012 at the age of 95.
The book Fr. Thwaites talks about is “One Lord, One Faith” by Vernon Johnson.
In this special Jehovah’s Witness Roundtable episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses, with two former Jehovah’s Witnesses, Dr. Jeff Schwehm and John Davis, as well as Fr. Mitch Pacwa, SJ, the unique doctrines of this group and how Catholic Christians can respond to them in truth and love.
Patty was born and raised in a staunchly Baptist family. Her father was the pastor. When she was six years old she asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior. She continued to follow the Lord throughout her life coming into an even deeper relationship with God in the mid-90’s, when he called her to forgive those who had hurt her. Her Baptist congregation was a very narrow Calvinist group, believing that they were the chosen remnant. She was taught that the Catholic Church was the Whore of Babylon and the Pope would be the Antichrist. Her journey to the Catholic Church began through Patty’s and her daughter’s rediscovery of their Irish and Scottish heritage. Reading the “Confessions of St. Patrick” opened her eyes to the fact that Catholics could be Christians who love the Lord Jesus Christ. She discovered, upon reading what the Church actually taught, that she had been brought up with a false and distorted view of the Catholic Church. Patty is the sister of a well-known anti-Catholic apologist.
In this special episode of the Journey Home, Marcus discusses the impact of the journey of Protestant ministers to the Catholic Church on their wives. The guests this evening are Marilyn Grodi, wife of Marcus Grodi a former Presbyterian minister, Lee South, wife of Ned South a former Episcopal Priest, and Dale Sibley, wife of Gordon Sibley a former United Methodist minister. They talk about the ways God guided them on their different and varied paths.
My song for Lent…
I wrote and recorded this about 11 years ago. I was inspired by two friends of mine. Each of them had spent decades addicted to drugs, alcohol and and all that goes with that addiction.
One lived on the streets most of that time. The other was in the rock music world.
Both of them hit bottom and cried out to God. God heard and answered their cries.
Both of them became close friends…
One is now a priest – he was the pastor of my parish at the time. The other had become our Music Director in the parish. He has since gone home.
To where God led him…
Recently, I was listening to a radio broadcast consisting of a conversation on the topic of the terrorist group, ISIS, and thoughts on the proper response to the threat they bring to the world. There were several response options discussed, including prayer. Eventually, a caller to the show brought up an interesting point regarding ISIS (as well as other terrorist organizations). She said that, while we must hate what these groups do, we have to love the individual terrorists themselves as they are all God’s children along with the rest of humanity. God loves them, too. While, intellectually, I agreed with her point, I struggled with the “love the individual terrorist” part. Let’s face it, sometimes it’s hard to love somebody who does what terrorists do. It can be easy to let our base instincts and emotions get in the way of doing what we know to be right and true. That’s why love is a decision, not a feeling. Then prayer came back into the conversation… We pray to end abortion and other evil practices including terrorism. We pray to save the life of an unborn child who is in danger of abortion. We pray for miraculous healing. We pray for the conversion of sinners… Then – in an “Aha!” moment – the caller suggested that starting a movement to pray, not only for the end of terrorism, but specifically for the conversion of terrorists, might be a worthwhile endeavor. After all, the bigger the sinner, the greater the need for our prayers, and a terrorist is a very great sinner. The idea of a large group of Christians, each one praying for a specific terrorist, presents a powerful weapon in the fight against evil. But most of us don’t actually know a specific terrorist to pray for… This brought to mind a couple of prayers that I say every day, one for the unborn (from Archbishop Fulton Sheen), and the other for the souls in Purgatory (given by Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great):
“Jesus, Mary, Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to spare the life of the unborn child that I have spiritually adopted who is in danger of abortion. Amen.” – Archbishop Fulton Sheen
“ETERNAL FATHER, I OFFER THEE THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD OF THY DIVINE SON, JESUS, IN UNION WITH THE MASSES SAID THROUGHOUT THE WORLD TODAY, FOR ALL THE HOLY SOULS IN PURGATORY, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.” – Our Lord to St. Gertrude the Great
I thought about it and came up with a Hybrid of the two prayers, aimed toward the conversion to Christ and salvation of individual terrorists. I offer it here…
Eternal Father, I offer thee the most precious blood of thy divine son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for the conversion and salvation of the terrorist whom I now spiritually adopt who, through his or her acts of hatred and terrorism, is in danger of losing his or her immortal soul. Amen.
It wasn’t until a week or so later that it occurred to me that this same prayer could be applied to others in need of conversion. Abortionists, murderers, adulterers, thieves, pornographers, etc., all need our prayers. It is a simple matter to make a small adjustment to the prayer to accommodate the “appropriate sinner”. And then it occurred to me that the same could be applied to specific people in our own lives – the fallen away son, daughter, brother, sister, relative or friend. Or friend or relative of a friend. Or friend of a relative. I began including this prayer (for several conversion intentions) after my daily Rosary, trusting in God that it will be beneficial. It has been beneficial to me in that I believe that I have found a way to love the Child of God who’s evil deeds I cannot but hate. And who knows? Some day I may be greeted in Heaven by a terrorist who turned to Christ coming up to me and thanking me for my prayers for him… It could happen… BK