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 breaking a sweat, the Catholic friend turns to his Protestant friend and says, "Not only that, we 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. Jesus wants to forgive your sins and shower you 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 and open your heart to His love and mercy. Come home. We're waiting to welcome you back.