I’m excited about something we’re doing at our parish this Christmas. One of the men in our men’s group has been able to procure low cost copies of Scott and Kimberly Hahn’s book Rome Sweet Home. Hundreds of these books will be gift wrapped and given to people at Christmas Mass. The plan is to also give more of these books away at Easter.
There are so many people that only come to church on Christmas and Easter. This book may help some of them appreciate their faith more. Listening to the stories of converts is a great way to avoid taking the Faith for granted. Cradle Catholics often lack zeal and knowledge about their own Catholicism. Many are “culturally Catholic” with little or no sense of the historical, spiritual, life-giving power of Christ’s Church. It can be very enlightening to hear the logical and spiritual reasons for actually wanting to become Catholic. There are thousands of people and hundreds of families in our parish. We hope to get at least one book to most of these families.
The book was written by a married couple. They take turns describing their path from anti-Catholic, Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism. Scott Hahn has become one of the most respected biblical scholars of our day. It is refreshing to hear the perspectives of both Scott and Kimberly as they explain their individual struggles as well as the challenges the journey presented to their marriage. I highly recommend the book to Catholic and non-Catholic readers.
So many Catholics are drifting away from the Church or going through the motions of being Catholic without really being in love with Christ or his Church. My prayer is that, by reading what people go through to find their way home to Catholicism, many Catholics will realize how good it is to already be home. Then they will have more desire to invite others home, too. I also hope non-Catholics will read the book and be inspired to make the journey home.