[quote="Pete44, post:1, topic:270381"]
A good friend of mine just told me she has left the church. However, I am very upset that she has chosen to leave the Catholic faith. I am not sure how to proceed, or if I should or can do anything about it. Should I just be happy that she has found God and let it be?
Any guidance would be greatly appreciated.
Prayer moves mountains. Prayer also moves people.
I don't know how much you know about Our Lady of Grace, or how much
you know about Mary's power with her divine Son. But if she gave birth
to Jesus, she can also give birth to him again in your friend's heart. Today
She moves her divine Son just as she did at Cana. The following is just
one incident of her love and mercy.
Mary appeared and spoke with Sister Justine Bisqueyburu, a
Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, in 1840, about a green scapular.
Mary herself made certain promises to those who would keep the scapular on them,
wear or carry it, and would say a certain prayer everyday, and believe that
Mary would obtain those favors from her Son. Here are the favors she promised:
- Conversion of those who do not have the faith
- Reconciliation to the Church for those who have lost/strayed from the faith
- Assurance of a happy death
- Strengthening of the faith for those already in the Church
- Protection from Satan for those who wear or promote the scapular
This is the very answer to your search. But on your part you must
pray, at least daily: "Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us now and at the hour of our death.", once for yourself and once for your friend every day.
Here are the very words of Mary to Sister Justine:
"The GREATEST graces come from using the scapular but these graces come
in direct proportion to the degree of CONFIDENCE IN ME which the user has."
What does confidence mean? Mary showed this herself at the annunciation of Gabriel.
"Yes, blessed is she who BELIEVED that the PROMISE made her by the Lord would be FULFILLED." (Lk. 1;45) St. Elizabeth extolling the absolute trust of Mary in God's promise. Mary believed without doubting.
Mary didn't say when conversion would happen, just that she promised it would happen.
Then your friend may look at the following website for questions about the faith. An easy read. And addressed mainly, but not only, to fundamentalists.
You may get a free one by googling "Green Scapular". Get one for yourself as well.
(Story from an atheist)
How did you come to embrace Catholicism?
Strangely enough, it was the Blessed Virgin Mary. That friend of mine had sneakily
snuck in a scapular under my mattress. I didn't know until about 1 year into my
conversion. I imagine that she had something to do with it. I think it was the