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His friend, theologian Scott Hahn, wrote the foreword. But Peterson is not resting on his laurels.
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The ads will begin appearing in select markets this fall, with the hope that dioceses nationwide will air them in Lent Shortly after that, Peterson founded Catholics Come Home and Virtue Media, which airs television commercials aimed at women in crisis pregnancies. Although Catholics Come Home uses television to invite people to return to church, Catholics in the pews who personally invite their friends and relatives might be surprised at the results, Peterson said.
Peterson said that evangelizing often boils down to simply acting on the opportunities that come up in our everyday lives — when traveling, for example. To an extent it does, but let me tell you, the exchange rate is in your favor when you trade in your old life for a new life in Christ! The chaos, noise, and distractions of secular society lure millions of souls away from God.
But it doesn't have to be that way. There are heroic role models who exist or have existed in the din of all this craziness, yet have still lived deeply spiritual lives. In fact, their heroic mission in life was to make the lives of those around them more, well, humane. Mother thrived spiritually even in the squalor and uncertainty of a country where thousands died from malnutrition and hardship every day! She took what some would call the throwaways of life, people few thought of as human, and helped them to regain their human dignity. She took up her mission in the slums of Calcutta not knowing where she would make a home or how she would survive.
She put total trust in God that since He gave her the mission, He would take care of her. Interestingly, as recent books have indicated, even Mother Teresa struggled with her faith.
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But you know what? She knew her purpose in life and trusted the Holy Spirit to lead the way. This isn't to say she didn't have moments when she may have struggled or doubted, yet she consistently maintained a clear vision of what she had to do: love and serve God and others. Each of us, not just Mother Teresa, is also called to love and serve.
It is God's will for His children. You probably know people who are indifferent to the spiritual life, who have generally forgotten God and devoted themselves entirely to the pursuit of what they believe to be success and happiness. What does this mean? We must be witnesses who attest to the wonders of being in a covenant relationship with the resurrected Christ, and who live as active members of His family, the Holy Catholic Church.
It all boils down to doing one thing: surrendering yourself to Divine Providence, trusting that God will provide you with everything you need.
The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, chairman of the U. This is really at the heart of the New Evangelization. The time for us to act is now, since the world keeps moving faster, and more and more of our loved ones are being drawn away from the Catholic faith. Many drift away from God altogether. The Church and the world are in dire need of true Christian witnesses, authentic and dedicated heroes of the faith, modern- day saints who will help lead more souls to heaven.
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You have been called to be one of these hero-saints! In 2 Timothy Saint Paul says, "[God] saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago. Foreword Dr. Scott W. It is also a sign that will lead many folks back home to the family of God, which is Catholic Church. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from Home, the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.
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Explore Now. Buy As Gift. In our fast-paced, highly technological world, this statement might sound a bit lofty, but the lives of millions of souls who have come before us attest to this simple truth: God has a wonderful plan in store for you. With these words , Tom Peterson, founder and president of Catholics Come Home, a nonprofit multimedia organization dedicated to promoting Catholic evangelization, offers inspiration for believers from all walks of life, whether lapsed or practicing, to deepen their faith and draw them closer to Jesus and His Church.
In a series of moving stories and personal anecdotes, Tom relates how after rediscovering his faith, he experienced God's unfailing love, and soon found his true purpose in life.
You can too!