If you have left the Catholic Church, for any reason, here are 12 reasons why you should come home to the Catholic Church (there are even more reasons and further explanations in the links embedded in the answers):
12 – You can learn who you truly are.
By your Baptism you became a member of the family of God. You are now an adopted son or daughter of the Father in heaven and we are all your brothers and sisters. Come home. You are not identified by what you do, but rather, by who you truly are. You are loved and needed. You are made for something great – heaven.
11 – Faith and reason go together in the Church.
Reason helps us to understand the world around us. Faith helps us see with the heart, through faith. Some real things are never seen or tested by science – love, morality, etc. Faith goes beyond what our senses can discover to find the one who is truth itself. Both of these, faith and reason, help us understand our world, life, and the truth God has poured into His created order.
10 – For the sake of beauty.
The Church has been a promoter and a haven for beauty since it began. Beauty is of God, because it reflects a perfection of what something ought to be. We are built to recognize beauty and long for it. The most beautiful thing ever is God. His most beautiful creation is you. Think of how our souls are lifted toward something greater than ourselves when we are on top of a mountain or in a beautiful cathedral. God made beauty to draw us to Him. His Church promotes it for the same purpose.
9 – For your kids and family and yourself!
Having faith and going to church is good for families. The bond that Christ brings into the family can never be replicated. To raise your children in the faith and to strengthen marriages in God is something all families are made for, because all of us are made to be like the family of God who is Father, Son, and the love between them – the Holy Spirit. Studies also show that those who believe in God and practice their faith are happier, better adjusted, healthier, and even feel better on Twitter about life. There is also less family strife, divorce, violence, etc. Being a good Catholic is good for you!
8 – We need each other.
We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. By uniting ourselves to one another we can share in each other’s lives. We can live, mourn, and celebrate together as we walk toward heaven. We can also serve one another and fight for justice together. We are stronger when we are part of each other’s lives. The Church is incomplete without you. We need you. You are wanted and valued.
7 – True unity through being united to the Pope and Bishops.
The Pope and the Bishops give us an anchor to the truth that they are entrusted with. Thus, they are a source of unity for the Catholic Church. This is a comfort to know that even in our differences, we are united as one. While we may not be a perfect family (like any family we have our issues), we are still called together and our leaders are visible signs of our unity.
6 – Mary and the Saints.
The Church gives us the holiest men and women to ever live. The Saints not only provide examples for us on how we should live our lives, but they also intercede on our behalf. Our family isn’t just made up of those on earth! They also give us models that we can follow and imitate. We are each made to be holy. We shouldn’t settle for less than being a saint.
5 – The fullness of truth and grace are in the Catholic Church.
Christ and the Church can never be separated. Thus, we can know the truth about Jesus and salvation by listening to the Church. We can also have access to the fullness of grace through the Sacraments. Jesus was very generous with the Catholic Church and gave us something that is unique in the Sacramental order and the doctrines He handed onto His disciples. We still hold these in our care today.
4 – Confession.
Anybody ever sin? We all have. But, we cannot forgive our own sins. What a great gift to have God, through a priest, forgive us. There is nothing we could ever do that is so bad God wouldn’t forgive it. We can’t make God stop loving us. Still, we all need to say we are sorry. It may not be easy to walk into a confessional, but it certainly feels great walking out!
3 – The Bible.
The Bible was compiled by the Catholic Church, protected through the ages, and has been the basis of all our beliefs since the beginning. How we worship in Mass is based on Scripture. We have many ways to study and pray with the Bible. There are many myths about the Catholic Church and the Bible which aren’t true. What is true is that the Church has venerated the Sacred Scriptures for 2,000 years.
2– The Eucharist.
God wants to be with you in a personal way. He wants to transform us and make us more like Him. To accomplish these things, Christ instituted the Eucharist, at the Last Supper. Now, we get to participate in the worship of Heaven, come down to earth, at every Mass. What a great gift – God Himself, the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus.
1 – Jesus.
If the Catholic Church is who she claims she is, then she is the Bride of Christ. The purpose of the Church is to take Jesus to the world and bring the world to Jesus. The whole point is to propose that there is Good News – Jesus can save us and bring us to heaven, if we believe in Him and choose Him daily! This is amazing. Our God loves us so much that we can have a personal relationship with him today!
**If anyone has a reason that is not on this list, feel free to add it as a comment.
“Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried.” – G.K. Chesterton