Catholics Come Home: God's Extraordinary Plan for Your Life

Catholics Come Home: God's Extraordinary Plan for Your Life

by Tom Peterson, Scott Hahn

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ISBN-13: 9780385347181
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/19/2013
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 1,152,113
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

TOM PETERSON built his career as an award­­­winning national corporate advertising executive over the last thirty years. He is the founder of and He lectures frequently and has presented at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Australian Media Conference, the Australian Bishops Plenary Meeting, and at various Pontifical Councils at the Vatican. Tom and his apostolates have made multiple appearances on Fox News and EWTN, and been featured in over three hundred media venues worldwide.

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God's Extraordinary Plan for You

Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them

if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and

if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.

~ Saint Ignatius of Loyola

God has something extraordinary planned for your life.

Let me say that again slowly because it's really im­portant.

God has something extraordinary planned for your life!

In our fast-paced, highly technological world, this statement might sound a bit lofty, but the lives of mil­lions of souls who have come before us attest to this simple truth:

God has a wonderful plan in store for you.

God wants you to be happy. He wants you to ex­perience His unfailing compassion. He wants you to feel the warmth of mercy and to share His love with others. God wants you to know that you exist for a reason. Discovering God's plan for your life is rather easy, yet, to be honest, somewhat difficult, too. It starts with saying yes to the Holy Spirit and allowing Him to guide you. Living a God-affirming life is ultimately a decision that each of us needs to make. Sometimes it can be a tough decision. Does saying yes to God mean saying no to the secular world? To an extent it does, but let me tell you, the exchange rate is in your favor when you trade in your old life for a new life in Christ! The chaos, noise, and distractions of secular society lure millions of souls away from God. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are heroic role models who exist or have existed in the din of all this craziness, yet have still lived deeply spiritual lives. In fact, their heroic mission in life was to make the lives of those around them more, well, humane.

Let's look at Mother Teresa as one such heroic ex­ample. Mother thrived spiritually even in the squalor and uncertainty of a country where thousands died from malnutrition and hardship every day! She took what some would call the throwaways of life, people few thought of as human, and helped them to regain their human dignity. With trustful surrender to God's Divine providence, Mother Teresa left the security of the Loreto Sisters convent in India with fi ve rupees and wearing a sari to accept a life of poverty, living among the poorest Indians. She took up her mission in the slums of Calcutta not knowing where she would make a home or how she would survive. She put total trust in God that since He gave her the mission, He would take care of her. Interestingly, as recent books have indicated, even Mother Teresa struggled with her faith. But you know what? She knew her purpose in life and trusted the Holy Spirit to lead the way. This isn't to say she didn't have moments when she may have struggled or doubted, yet she consistently maintained a clear vision of what she had to do: love and serve God and others. Each of us, not just Mother Teresa, is also called to love and serve. It is God's will for His children.


Mother Teresa, granted, is an extreme example of sacri­ficial love and service in a vocational calling. You prob­ably know more people unlike her than you do people like her. You probably know people who are indifferent to the spiritual life, who have generally forgotten God and devoted themselves entirely to the pursuit of what they believe to be success and happiness. This is why I wrote this book-to share with you and the people around you proven ways to enter into a deeper relation­ship with God and His Church, and to help bring your relatives and neighbors home to our universal Catholic family as well.

The fundamental core mission of this book is to help you become a lay witness of the New Evangeli­zation. What does this mean? Being a lay witness of the New Evangelization is about breaking out of your nine-  to-  five routine in order to live a more heroic Catholic life, a destiny designed not just for priests and nuns, nor intended just for deacons and monks, but for you and me, the ordinary folks in the pews. We must be witnesses who attest to the wonders of being in a covenant relationship with the resurrected Christ, and who live as active members of His family, the Holy Catholic Church. By learning and sharing your Catho­lic faith, you too can experience the greatest adventure of your life as you give yourself more completely, more passionately, to the will of God and the promptings of the Holy Spirit. It all boils down to doing one thing: surrendering yourself to Divine Providence, trusting that God will provide you with everything you need.

In order to begin on this path, first learn your faith; after all, you cannot give what you do not have. The Most Reverend David L. Ricken, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Evan­gelization and Catechesis, said, "In order to evangelize, a person must first be evangelized. This is really at the heart of the New Evangelization."

There is more: You must be receptive to being fi lled with Christ's mercy, grace, and love. Once you are im­mersed in the love of Christ, you can better share His love with others.

The time for us to act is now, since the world keeps moving faster, and more and more of our loved ones are being drawn away from the Catholic faith. Many drift away from God altogether. Atheism and agnosti­cism are growing at alarming rates. The Church and the world are in dire need of true Christian witnesses, authentic and dedicated heroes of the faith, modern- day saints who will help lead more souls to heaven. You have been called to be one of these hero-saints!

Leon Bloy, a French novelist and fervent convert to Catholicism, once wrote, "There is only one trag­edy in the end . . .  not to have been a saint." Our Lord's greatest desire for you is to become a saint, to be holy. In 2 Timothy 1:9 Saint Paul says, "[God] saved us and called us with a holy calling, not in virtue of our works but in virtue of his own purpose and the grace which he gave us in Christ Jesus ages ago."

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Scott W. Hahn 9

God's Extraordinary Plan for You 17

Chapter 1 Downsize and Simplify 43

Chapter 2 Don't Look Back 56

Chapter 3 Fast Before You Feast 72

Chapter 4 Ask, Seek, Knock 84

Chapter 5 Embrace the Mystery, Discover the Adventure 93

Chapter 6 Love Somebody to Heaven 103

Chapter 7 Home for Good 113

Afterword 121

Appendix 133

Acknowledgments 157

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“We are in the midst of a New Evangelization; and I believe this book is a signal moment in its success. It is also a sign that will lead many folks back home to the family of God, which is Catholic Church.”
—Dr. Scott W. Hahn, author of The Lamb’s Supper and Signs of Life
This book’s powerful message contains both a heartfelt invitation — “Catholics, come home!” — and an encouraging statement of an often overlooked fact — “Catholics come home!” With enthusiasm, humility, and wisdom born of his own lived experience Tom Peterson lays out the salient reasons for both.
—Patrick Madrid, host of the “Right Here, Right Now” show on EWTN’s Global Radio Network, author of Envoy for Christ: 25 Years as a Catholic Apologist
“Catholics Come Home is a powerful sacramental, a means of grace. It is a willing, waiting taxi to take us home, to our home away from Home, the Catholic Church, the Mystical Body of Christ.”
—Dr. Peter Kreeft, author of Handbook of Christian Apologetics
“The mission of Tom Peterson and Catholics Come Home to bring souls home to Jesus and the church is critically important during this challenging time in our history. I fully support this new evangelization project.”
—Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life

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Catholics Come Home: God's Extraordinary Plan for Your Life 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book makes you look at not only what type of Chatholic you are or have been, but it also invites those of nonbelief to come join us for understanding. It reawakens what is important in life and not the material stuff we have been so focused on in our lives. Must read for those that are feeling overwhelmed in life and need a form of peace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing. Didn't find this inspirational. Just preaching and a platform for thier organization.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never been comfortable with the idea of evangelizing to others I've learned other ways I can share my faith with fellow Catholics and/or Christians