Coffee Break Catholic

Two friends enter a coffee shop. One is Protestant. The other is Catholic. Standing at the counter preparing to place their order, the Protestant friend turns to his Catholic friend and asks, "Do Catholics drink coffee?"

Not wanting to miss an opportunity to make a funny, the Catholic friend turns to his Protestant friend and says, "Not only that, but we also belch, pass gas, and drink beer too!"

The point is this, "We're all sinners. We all fall short of the glory of God."  There are lapsed, fallen-away, and marginalized Catholics out there, who like me until 2017, truly believe there is no place for them at the Lord's table.

In other words, the Church is only for those who are righteous and holy. Unless you're talking about holes in one's underwear, that is the furthest thing from the truth.

I am here to tell you that the Church really does love you and she is waiting for you to come home. Pope Francis made that abundantly clear when he said:

"Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven."

 

Jesus wants to forgive our sins and shower us with His mercy. Jesus said to St. Faustina:

"[Let] the greatest sinners place their trust in My mercy. They have the right before others to trust in the abyss of My mercy. My daughter, write about My mercy towards tormented souls. Souls that make an appeal to My mercy delight Me. To such souls I grant even more graces than they ask. I cannot punish even the greatest sinner if he makes an appeal to My compassion, but on the contrary, I justify him in My unfathomable and inscrutable mercy."

(--Diary 1146)

Our Lord's mercy is greater than our worst sin. Trust in the Lord's mercy. Brush your pride aside, open your heart to His love and mercy, ask His forgiveness, and come home. We're waiting to welcome you back.

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Couple Drinking Coffee
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POPE FRANCIS

"Let the Church always be a place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved, and forgiven."

NOVENA: OUR LADY OF FATIMA

October 5 - October 13, 2021

The World Apostalate of Fatima

O Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, you deigned to come to Fatima to reveal to the three shepherd children the treasures of graces hidden in the recitation of the Rosary. Inspire our hearts with a sincere love of this devotion, so that by meditating on the mysteries of our redemption that are recalled in it, we may gather its fruits, obtain peace for the world, the conversion of sinners, the conversion of Russia, and the favor which I ask of you in this Novena (state your request here). I ask it for the greater glory of God, for your own honor, and for the good of all souls, especially those most in need of thy mercy. Amen.

 

Our Father (1) Hail Mary (1) Glory be to the Father (1)