Welcome to our latest weekly roundup of original and curated Catholic content for converts and the curious! Here’s a sampling of what we’ve been up to over the past few days at The Coming Home Network:
Our latest Signposts video short is an interview with Michael Lofton, whose evolving understanding of the Church as something that extends across both geography and history factored into his Catholic conversion.
We published online a wonderful article from our May Newsletter by Br. Rex Anthony Norris, who reminds us that the poor need more than food, clothing and housing; they need Jesus Christ.
Time is running out to register for our CHNetwork retreat June 12-15 at the St. Therese Center in Columbus OH! Converts and journeyers who are members are invited to sign up at chnetwork.org/retreats. Not member yet? Well, that’s free and easy to fix….
And this week’s #ThrowbackThursday feature was a 2005 open line edition of The Journey Home with Marcus Grodi and Dr. Scott Hahn taking live calls and emails from the audience- fascinating, as you might imagine!
Meanwhile, around the web:
The Vatican Observatory (yes, that’s a thing!) hosted a conference on science and faith, and encouraged scientists of all faith traditions to not be ashamed of their belief in God.
Pope Francis sent a letter of thanks to Coptic Patriarch Tawadros II in the wake of his his recent visit to Egypt.
The Vatican’s Apostolic Nuncio to Moscow has met with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
And Iraqi Christians participated in the ceremonial blessing of a cross as they began the rebuilding of a series of towns destroyed by ISIS.
CONVERTS AND CONVERSION
Anja Scheib shared the 17 reasons she became Catholic in 2017.
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, looked at the role the rosary played in Bl. Bartolo Longo’s journey from Satanic priest to Dominican Tertiary.
Albert Little encouraged new converts not to give up when they hit the inevitable bumps in the road that come with being a new Catholic.
And Eric Sammons looked at how sharing your faith can help strengthen it.
APOLOGETICS PICKS OF THE WEEK
Looking to invite a non-Catholic friend to Mass? Lorelei Savaryn looked at 5 simple ways to help them understand what’s happening there.
And David Mills pondered what Christians can offer to atheists who don’t even seem to care about spiritual matters.
Philip Kosloski took a look at the origins of the word “Christian,” and the early believer who may have been responsible for coining the term.
AND SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT NEXT TIME YOU’RE IN CHURCH…
Winifred Corrigan shared what one priest told her about the Mass that still gives her goosebumps.
A Catholic returning to the Church after a 30 year absence, a new convert trying to explain her decision to her parents, and a member hoping to settle some financial and personal issues so they can focus on spiritual growth. These are just a few examples of the people we are working with this month at The Coming Home Network International. Please help us continue to support those on the journey by visiting chnetwork.org/donate today!
“A single ‘Blessed be God’ in adversity is worth more than a thousand acts of thanksgiving in prosperity.”
St. John of Avila
Feast Day: May 10