I’ve noticed a common theme lately as I read reversion stories and articles by lay people and even priests in publications such as our diocesan newspaper, the National Catholic Register, etc.
It seems that there are quite a few cradle Catholics who never really took their relationship with Christ or their faith seriously until they were evangelized by an “evangelical Christian” who opened their eyes to the love of God, giving their life to Him, etc. and they really accepted Christ’s grace and love for the first time and made a conscious commitment to live their life for Him - even though they have been baptized and receiving Him in Holy Communion for years. At this point they leave the Church but many come back once they realize the Catholic Church is the true church and they finally fall deeply in love with the Mass, the Eucharist, etc.
My question is this…what are we doing wrong? Why is it that so many Catholics do not "come to conversion of heart’ in the Catholic Church, but instead, need the “evangelical message” to really get them to commit to Christ and stop being a Christian/Catholic "in name only? Is it because our priests are not preaching conversion strongly enough and not talking one-on-one with their parishioners as many evangelical pastors do?