ASK FATHER: Away from the Church for 17 years, but I want to return

Posted March 21, 2017 7:47 pm by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

ASK FATHER: Away from the Church for 17 years, but I want to return

From a reader…
I am a baptized Catholic who strayed far away, dabbled in Buddhism for 17 years, and now realize all that was ridiculous nonsense. I want to come back to the Church. Where do I start?
First, good for you. You heeded the urging of the Holy Spirit, who never lets a single one of us go, so long as we are open to that which is good, beautiful and true. When we stray into dark and twisty places, God still works on us with graces to help us back to the straight road.
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