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  • Deacon Dan Wright serves the Diocese of Austin, Texas. His work outside the parish is as a special education teacher serving students with significant cognitive disabilities.



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May 29, 2007



Well, his first paragraph is a bit off-kilter, isn't it? We're happy for and with the one who enters or re-enters the Catholic church, not because of; and rather, heaven rejoices over any and every truly repentant sinner. The New Testament implies Catholicism's every tenet, but the whole Bible calls all to Him, and not everyone comes all the way in to the Hearth, nor even hears of it, and/or are still in wait. And yes, the biggest conversions (and reversions!) come when we let the Holy Spirit do most of His own Personal and tailored-to-the-person apologetics. I'm always a little unnerved by anyone pointing to conversions.. it's never contest-like, thus it is never a victory for anyone but that person whose soul was aching for the Deepening. It is a work for Compassion to do, and even if we're filled with that, it is not enough.

"The more Christians of all stripes we can bring back to the sacraments, the better."
Rather, we can only (re)invite, and live the faith as honestly as we understand it. If it were possible for any of us to talk people into or back to the Church, we'd none of us have family who are away from the Sacraments.

I must say that I have never met a truly happy, settled ex-Catholic. Never. There is a holy reason for that dissatisfaction, tho' folks will call it anything but that. We know the People of, and the reason for, the Upper Room, even when we're absent for many years.

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