Journey Home- EWTN

After reading this thread about EWTN, I started to wonder about how EWTN, and specifically Journey Home evangelized people, and brought them back to Christ’s Church.

I am a revert Catholic, and watching it always reminds me about how wonderful my spiritual Home is.

The Journey Home is an awesome witness for truth. We humans often feel isolated as if we are the only ones going through doubts and wanting to get closer to the “Truth” which is not a thing as Fr. Corapi says, it’s a Person, Jesus Himself! Marcus’ shows are very helpful to minimize the sense of isolation by showing folks just like us, and sharing how they worked through their desire to know the “Truth” more fully. That’s the one common denominator in all shows. The guests were all open to and seeking the “Truth”.

God Bless

i’m surprised more people didnt respond to this. you catholics dont know what you have sometimes. we, protestants, dont have sacraments. but we do have a sincere devotion to Jesus Christ. there are so many protestants out there that dont know a thing (truthful thing) about catholicism. they aren’t even sure if catholics are christian. with so many christians saying so many contridictory things. it is so refreshing to hear the loud and clear truth of christ from his church.
Matthew 9:37 " The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

i am “famished with a hurger for the Eucharist.”

EWTN was a major player in my coming into the Catholic Church. I was already a committed Christian, an Evangelical, when I started watching EWTN, my mother had come across this nun on there who seemed very peculiar to us, she sounded very Christian! :wink: She also reminded us of my grandmother who had already passed, who was an ordained Pentecostal minister, loved the Lord, and was pretty much a no nonsense kind of gal. She had the same “doughy” cheeks, and sense of humor and it was quite comforting to tune into this nun every week.

Then we started watching Fr. Corapi, and were once again, blown away at how “Christian” he sounded. We had pretty much given up on all other Christian tv, were discouraged by some of the stuff that was being broadcast in the name of Christ.:blush:

I should backtrack a little and fill in some more of my background. I’m 45 yrs young :wink: , and grew up in a Fundamentalist home, mother was Independant Baptist, father was Pentecostal/Assemblies of God. There was always a tension between the two versions of Christianity and salvation, Baptists being OSAS, Pentecostals believing that unrepented sin could separate you from your salvation. Spent most of my early years vascillating between the two ideas, settling on the more comforting version, OSAS. Was never quite settled though, never really feeling at home in any church I attended. Knew something somewhere was missing, couldn’t quite put my finger on it. So, like so many Evangelicals, (I wasn’t quite as hardcore Fundamentalist anymore), I wandered around from church to church for decades, trying to find my place.

Came to a personal crisis in my life, and tried to find comfort in my faith, but couldn’t. Even though I hadn’t quite bought into the pervasive doctrine of health and wealth gospel that was all around, it still tends to seep into your subconscience, and I didn’t know what to do with suffering. I thought I had been abandoned and there were no satisfying answers in my Christian world. My personal crisis turned into a spiritual crisis. And I needed answers or all was lost for me.

So I did what no sane person should do unless they mean it, I gave God an ultimatum. I wasn’t going to go to church anymore until he showed me how to find and know the truth. I knew there was a truth, a bottom line truth, but I was lost as to how to find my way to it. It was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

So, I started studying. I studied 20th century church movements. I wanted to know how all these churches got started and why. That was not getting me anywhere so I went back to the Reformation. I wanted to know why the main Reformers disagreed with each other and how. I was very confused. If they were right to separate, being led by the Holy Spirit to do so, why didn’t they agree on why and where to go from there?

At this time is when I came across EWTN, coincidence? I don’t think so. I also at this time heard about early Christian writings, historical documents and knew I had to get ahold of them. They were going to be key, I just had a feeling. I started studying the Eastern Orthodox Church, still unwilling to really consider the Catholic Church. But EWTN kept getting my attention. I was hearing things for the first time as a Christian that I knew in my gut were right. Things about redemptive suffering, about oral tradition, about 2000 years of lineage. I even started to understand the really hard ones, the Marian doctrines. When they were explained properly, they made sense. I had never been allowed to even think about these things before. A whole new world opened up to me and I was shocked that it had been there all along and I was oblivious to it.

The Journey Home program was the clincher for me and my conversion. I would sit through that program week after week, just weeping, knowing that what these converts had gone through, was going to be me. It was going to cost me, my friends, my family, my whole Christian identity, and I was so frightened, but knew I couldn’t go back to where I didn’t know the truth. But hearing these testimonies, week after week, somehow gave me courage. And finding CAF was a Godsend to me also. It helped me to become more comfortable with a world that was so foreign to me, and gave me that extra nudge to continue my journey to the Church.

I came into the Church at Easter Vigil 2006, it was the most beautiful day of my life, and I really mean that. I will never forget it. The Holy Spirit was so comforting to me that day, knowing what I was facing; I’m so thankful for that.

Can you further explain that statment to me. My DH’s grandparents, when we were dating, “joked” that if he converted it would “kill his mother” (a die-hard fundamentalist). I think this idea still haunts him, and I think he knows what would happen if he did convert

I know you have heard it before, but Welcome Home!

Thanks for the welcome, I never get tired of hearing it!

What I mean by the loss; well it was the loss of fellowship. A year ago it was even more pronounced, I was for all intents and purposes, disowned at first. Especially my mother, who was the very person who used to watch Mother Angelica, Fr. Corapi, etc., was horrified and did everything she could think of to discourage me from joining the Church. She even went as far as buying Jack Chick publications, tapes, which are the most horrifying and disgusting slanders against Catholicism the Fundamentalist world has to offer, and this was just not like her at all. She had never been so extreme. And sadly, to this day, we are not permitted to discuss the Lord or spiritual things together, and this was just such an important part of our life together, there is now this huge gaping hole in our relationship. We talk about trivial things, nothing more. It hurts me to no end, I can’t even describe the devastation.

My Evangelical friends disappeared. My extended family keeps me at arms length, they pray for me. And the biggest shocker of all, my Catholic friends (cultural, not devout by any means) disappeared! My conversion made them so uncomfortable, they didn’t know what to do with it.

It’s been a difficult year, but I’m pressing through it. I thank God for CAF, it keeps me sane!

I know what you mean by CAF being a God-send. I am a rather devout Revert, and my parents (Mom is a cradle, Dad is a convert, Sister is a cradle) think I am a bit wacky. We don’t discuss religion at all, a big change from before. So I understand the gaping hole. I want more than anything for them to see the beauty and wonder I do… but it seems like it is a bit of a… requirement for them. :frowning:

I think my DH fears the loss of his family if he does convert. I wouldn’t say they are close knit (even with the theological difference between my parents and myself, we are still rather close), but the extended family often does things together, but his conversion would definitely kink up a lot of things.

I will continue to pray for strength for you :thumbsup:

Thank you so much!

And tell DH, even though it can bring some hardship, being where God wants you is worth much, much more! And he wouldn’t be alone, he has you for support, what a blessing that is, he doesn’t even know!

BTW, I just discovered St. Rita, patroness of lost causes. Guess what my mother’s name is? It’s Rita! :wink: I’ve found a new ally in this battle. :smiley:

I am a cradle Catholic and I love Journey Home. It reminds me of what I have in the Catholic faith and it keeps me on top of the Protestant arguments against Catholicism and how to refute it. My dh discovered JH while he was in the conversion process. We love to watch it together.

I know I started this thread regarding Journey Home, but my DH seems to enjoy World Over, as he is a political science major. We have started watching Journey Home together, I hope it helps him :slight_smile:

I enjoy that show also. I got familiar with it during the passing of JPII and the election of BXVI, I wasn’t a Catholic yet then, but I was hooked.:smiley:

I agree with you that all pews are either too empty, or partly filled by folks who come out of a sense of “obligation”, and fail to try to deepen their faith. Even sadder are the folks of all persuasions who simply stay home. But we are responsible primarily for ourselves, and we have been called to the “Truth”. But once we find that “Pearl of Great Price”, we must do what ever it takes to acquire it, for our eternal life depends on it.

Weeper, weep no more, we have a place for you at the Eucharistic Banquet Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, where He is both spiritually and physically present to those who seek Him. Come home, the Tiber is not very wide!

Peace

Weeper, weep no more, we have a place for you at the Eucharistic Banquet Table of the Lord Jesus Christ, where He is both spiritually and physically present to those who seek Him. Come home, the Tiber is not very wide!

wow thank you very much. i’m starting to tear up now. in a good way though.

oh… i can spell hunger. sorry.

Weeper, I know you are so right about your comment…that many Catholics take for granted the gift of the Faith they possess. As for your question as to why there weren’t more responses to the thread, that brings me to Jeanette’s input.

Jeanette, the more I read on this forum, the various revert and convert stories, as well as reflect upon my own infusion of zeal for the faith since becoming a member here, the more obvious it becomes to me that these re-/con-versions take place as you noted - something happens in one’s spiritual world which leaves their soul unsettled. That something moves them to seek stability. The stability isn’t found in ytheir comfort zone so they branch out. In your case EWTN ‘happened’ to be on at a particular moment and that was the beginning.

For me it was a crisis with my son which placed a sense of urgency within my soul to get the right answers and to get them fast. Fortunately, thanks to JPII, there were Catholic resources available at my finger tips, thru television, radio and the internet. Our parish bulletin had a small ad for Relevant Radio in it and that led me to Catholic Answers which led me here.

And so this question always gets raised in my head whenever I come across statements like weeper’s which call us Catholics ‘out’ for being so reserved about the riches we possess:

In all honesty, if any Catholics had spoken up about the faith to weeper or you or even me (a cradle Catholic who thought I was doing everything right all along) prior to that particular personal crisis would we have listened?

I know I would have dismissed much of what other Catholics said as ‘over-the-top’, ‘old fashioned’, ‘narrow minded’ or ‘ignorant’ and would have found plenty of Catholic resources to validate my contrary position (now I see how sad it is that is even possible, but unfortunately there are many ‘Catholic’ authors and speakers who are not teaching the Truth).

I imagine protestants would dismiss anything Catholics said because we aren’t even ‘Christian’ to some, and for those who believe we are Christian, certainly we are ‘lost’ and being fed lies.

The more stories I read the more convinced I am that we each come to the Truth on God’s timetable, not our own.
It is by His will that we become unsettled at whatever point in our life. These things are meant to happen according to His greater plan for us and those around us.
It is also by His will that the veil of confusion is lifted from our eyes, our hearts and our minds so that by the umpteenth time we’ve been exposed to the same Truthful statement it finally registers as True.

Since I ‘came alive’ in the faith I’ve noticed fellow Catholics kind of sleepwalking through their faith but they honestly are not aware of it. I tell them about EWTN and Relevant Radio and these forums because I know once they expose themselves to these sources something will happen within them - a seed will be planted that will have them coming back for more. Most of them dismiss my suggestions. They don’t want to know more at this juncture of their lives apparently, but I know the Lord will move them one day to seek more and I pray they will then remember my suggestions.

I think our job is to keep mentioning the solid Catholic resources available to those who are seeking answers, and even to those who don’t know they’re seeking but we can kind of tell they will be soon (rocky marriages, troubled teens, elder parents, dying relatives).

If we were to go out and proclaim Catholicism as the one, true, faith and declare the truth about the sacraments I believe our words would fall on deaf ears and our zeal would turn most people away from the Church. I’ve come to appreciate why St. Francis encourages us to preach the faith through our actions first and foremost.

YinYangMom, you are so correct, especially in the point you made above! Too many of our brothers and sisters in the faith are like the man in scripture who purchased the land, in which was buried the “Treasure”, but bought the land only because it looked good and was a good place to live. If he will dig a little deeper therein, he would find the “Treasure”, a deeper faith in Jesus the Christ, rather than a nice comfortable place to be.

God Bless

I understand what you are saying. And you are right to a degree, I probably wouldn’t have sought out the Church any sooner had it not been for the “big squeeze” (as I like to call it) in my life.

On the other hand, I may not have struggled so much with Catholicism itself during that “squeeze” had I actually been exposed to the true Catholic faith through the Catholics that I had already had in my life. Honestly, not one of my “Catholic” friends and aquaintances even knew anything about their faith except that they needed to show up at Mass on Sunday, most of them had nothing good to say about Catholicism, they held it almost in contempt, and yet were too afraid to actually reject it, more out of some kind of superstitious notions/fears. That’s one of the reasons most of the Evangelical/Fundamentalist world thinks so little of Catholicism, and why they have such an easy time “stealing” the Catholics away, and last but not least, where they get these false ideas about Catholicism from, are the former Catholics!

Now, I know after having become a Catholic, that most of this is due to several generations of extremely poor catechism and unfortunately at least one, maybe two generations have been all but lost from the Catholic Church, the Church will survive, it’s the generations that were lost that I am concerned about.:frowning:

I guess we who know and love the faith, have to live it, be willing to talk about it, and/or plant the seeds like you said, pointing them to the ever growing resources available, (even if it means pointing them to go outside some of their parishes for answers :frowning: )and let God handle the “squeezing” part to bring them back!

If you don’t mind, I took this post of yours to spin-off a new thread here because it is very insightful. I don’t want to take this thread off-topic (EWTNs Journey Home). You can find the thread here.

What an important piece of the puzzle your insight is!
I’ve always known other denominations of Christianity held back the fullness of Catholic faith from their parishioners and that some even flat out lie about it, but I hadn’t taken into consideration how our own ignorance fed into those lies and misconceptions.

For everyone in this thread, when you watch Journey Home what draws you in the most? Meaning, what keeps you from changing the channel? Is it that you relate to the guests themselves, see yourself in them?

When I’ve watched the show (not often, as it’s not in my cable line up) I felt like an outsider looking in. I recall being taken by the enthusiasm with which these people were discussing the basics. I remember wondering how they could get so excited about something so small. Of course, now I know the small is really enormous! I also found that since I did not share the guest’s background or issues which led them to their search I didn’t relate early enough into the discussion to stay tuned. :frowning: So I wonder if other Catholics ‘comfortable’ in their faith would find the show interesting enough to watch, or does a person need to be in that state of life where they are searching to really appreciate the program?

We’ve read and heard so many examples of people stumbling upon EWTN while flipping the channels – Marcus Grodi being one example – that we need to consider some cable regulations being discussed.

On the surface, proposed regulations that would allow cable and dish subscribers to select the individual stations in their subscription – rather than buying “packages” of channels – seems like a good idea. I have way too many cartoon channels for myself, my wife and 20-year-old son, for example. (We need none of those!) However, how many Protestants or even Catholics would choose to pay for EWTN if it were not part of a package?

I suggest that we work against this “unbundling” of packages for just this reason. Had Marcus not subscribed to a package that had “that nun and that monk” (Fr. Groeschel) on one of the channels, we would probably not be enjoying and benefitting from “The Journey Home” every Monday. And don’t forget “Household of Faith” and “The Choices We Face” for you earlybirds!

God bless!

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