First and foremost, the Coming Home Network exists to help YOU on your faith journey. If you need prayer, support, or just want to talk to a staff member, please don’t hesitate to contact us! In the meantime, here’s our latest weekly roundup of original and curated Catholic content for converts and the curious:
Registration is now open for the next Coming Home Network retreat, September 25-28 in Orlando, FL. These retreats are wonderful opportunities to meet (or catch up with) the CHNetwork staff and other members of the network for a time of discussion, prayer, and worship.
This week’s #ThrowbackThursday offering was a 2013 episode of The Journey Home with Kelly Nieto, a former Miss America runner-up who discussed her path from the New Age Movement to the Catholic Church.
Our Coming Home Network members and readers shared how they came to accept and appreciate the Sacrament of Confession.
And ahead of Independence Day, here’s a Deep in History lecture by Fr. Charles Connor on the role of Maryland Catholics in the founding of the United States of America.
Meanwhile, around the web…
CHURCH NEWS AND NOTES
Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm was elevated to Cardinal this week, becoming the first Swedish Cardinal in the history of the Church. Arborelius is a convert from Lutheranism, and shared his story on a 2005 episode of The Journey Home.
And at Our Sunday Visitor, Russell Shaw explained why the Vatican’s relationship with American-style democracy has always been complicated.
APOLOGETICS PICK OF THE WEEK
Tim Staples of Catholic Answers looks at what he considers the most straightforward verse about the Eucharist in the Bible.
And Karlo Broussard explained why the rosary, if done properly, isn’t the “vain repetitions” Jesus warned Christians against in prayer.
AND FOR THE HISTORY BUFFS AMONG YOU…
The Catholic Education Resource Center has a nice profile of the Carroll family, the Maryland Catholics who were involved in everything from the Declaration of Independence to the Continental Congress to the founding of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
And Aleteia took a closer look at the 2014 discovery of a 4th century basilica in Nicea that was destroyed by an earthquake and is now underwater- a discover that dates back to the Council of Nicea itself.
A couple of Protestant missionaries developing a growing love for the Catholic Church, a convert whose husband remains staunchly anti-Catholic, and a few members who are still working their way through the annulment process on their way into the Church – 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!
“Through a tree we were made debtors to God; so through a tree we have our debt canceled.”
St. Irenaeus of Lyons
Feast Day: June 28