Since I converted to the Catholic faith as an adult, I'm always intrigued by those who are Cradle Catholics who don't attend Mass, bad mouth the Church, yet still insist they are Catholic.
This past Easter (or Christmas for that matter) really drew the crowds. You almost want to tell them, "You know, we're here every week."
What I found interesting in this video is Fr. Barron's perspective that some of these things are fixable. He's right. How many times have you heard, "The church did this to me." No, the church didn't do anything to you. Some person in the church did. We, as a church, are populated with imperfect people.
I've written before about the tyrannical king of a pastor. That kind of priest would probably rather choke than make a phone call to a former parishioner and ask them why they left. And to be honest, he knows darn well why they left. It's usually because of him.
My husband and I are in music ministry. We are both aware that we are the "face" of the church. From the music we choose, to greeting new and old faces, we understand that we represent being Catholic.
My husband and I have left two parishes when we were treated badly. It was never an issue of never going to church again. It was always, "Where do we go now?" So we went parish shopping until we found a new home.
Before I was Catholic, I could have cared less about my soul, but now it's important to me. I will go to church wherever I can to take part in the Eucharist. Now that we've found a spiritual home, it just makes my spirit soar higher.
When I say the rosary every night, I've incorporated one of Fr. Benedict Groeschel's prayers. Before praying the first three Hail Mary's he prays for an increase of faith, hope and love for each.
I've added, "and for those who have left, may they return to church .. especially (fill in the blank).