Too late to turn to God?

Hi,

I’ve been away from the faith but recently come back.

This man at my church implied I’m ‘too late’ . That God has already judged us/ in revelations.

I’m worrying all the time, is this true and if so will God give me a second chance?

It’s never too late … unless you are dead … don’t listen to that man.

Oh heavens no. Christ’s entire message is about forgiveness and love. Read the story of the Prodigal Son and the Story of the Lost Sheep. That is you and that is me. His arms are wide open and the Angels sings when a sinner comes home.

Not too late
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Absolutely not!

Are you dead? Posting from beyond the grave?

No?

So then it is NOT too late.

There is no sin the Church cannot forgive…Jesus can make you again a new creation! Give you again true life!

And some of these “church” people have to learn when to keep their mouth shut.

I’m wondering how this man got his idea on the Gospel, forgiveness, and God’s mercy. You have nothing to worry about from him. The pastor should be told about this…this man may already have driven some people away.
So, just go about your life, in and out of the church. You did the right thing, in returning!

That man has no clue what he’s talking about, and should be reprimanded by his priest for spreading such terrible misinformation.

Do not worry. It’s only too late when you’re dead. You have until your last breath to repent and return to God.

God gives millions of chances. Every second of every day you are alive is an nth chance.
As Christ said to Gabrielle Bossis “You only have to call Me and I come.”
He is more than happy to give as many chances as you need. Now that you’ve had the chance, make sure to act on it.

Congratulations for returning to God’s true church :thumbsup:

As others have said, it’s never too late while alive on this earth. I am a cradle Catholic who left the faith in my 20’s. I returned 40 years later, in March 2013, and my life is changed dramatically. I can feel The Lord’s mercy every day as I grow in knowledge and faith. After having lost a most precious gift for so many years, I now see with new eyes. Although I have regrets over having wasted so many years which had only caused me great pain in my bad decisions/behaviors, I have appreciation for every aspect of our faith and the Sacraments. I take nothing for granted. I am filled with gratitude. I have never felt so much peace. It’s the peace I’d been searching for in all the wrong places years ago.

Welcome home and never worry. God’s mercy is endless.:slight_smile:

It’s never too late, Jesus said to Sister Faustina even on one’s death bed that his mercy is unlimited if one should repeat the Chaplet of Mercy.

Just as everyone has already stated, it is never too late to come back to church. I’d just like to add to what everyone is saying by reminding you, it is God calling you back to faith, not that man. You find yourself in church because of God’s calling, and God is far more powerful then the man who spoke to you. Just continue to do God’s will and don’t worry about the negative words of any mortal man. Your soul is too important to be distracted by him…and welcome home!

It is not true; that man does not know what he is talking about and has no authority to make such an outrageous statement. God gives EVERYONE a second, third, fourth, two hundredth, one thousandth, one millionth, etc… chance. If you are still breathing, IT IS NEVER TOO LATE. Welcome (back) home! We missed you. :flowers:

Kinda makes me wonder what some “church” people think when they say such things.

Amen to this!

It’s never too late to return to the Lord. No matter what your sins; God in His infinite mercy & love will always welcome you back with open arms. Just try to get to Confession. Welcome home. Remember God loves you.

Welcome back, marypadrepio! :hug1: :heart:

Welcome to the forum, too!

I agree with what everyone else has said here in their responses to you, too.

The Lord is more merciful in His forgiveness and in His Mercy than we can ever even begin to imagine.

Try not to worry. :slight_smile:

Stay focused on Him and you have nothing to fear.

Let us remember Jesus of Nazareth is The Lamb and the Good Shepherd …

"Jesus is called the Lamb: He is the Lamb who takes away the sin of the world. Someone might think: but how can a lamb, which is so weak, a weak little lamb, how can it take away so many sins, so much wickedness? With Love. With his meekness. Jesus never ceased being a lamb: meek, good, full of love, close to the little ones, close to the poor. He was there, among the people, healing everyone, teaching, praying. Jesus, so weak, like a lamb. However, he had the strength to take all our sins upon himself, all of them.

“But, Father, you don’t know my life: I have a sin that…, I can’t even carry it with a truck…”.

Many times, when we examine our conscience, we find some there that are truly bad! But he carries them. He came for this: to forgive, to make peace in the world, but first in the heart. Perhaps each one of us feels troubled in his heart, perhaps he experiences darkness in his heart, perhaps he feels a little sad over a fault… He has come to take away all of this, He gives us peace, he forgives everything. “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away sin”: he takes away sin, it’s root and all! This is salvation Jesus brings about by his love and his meekness. And in listening to what John the Baptist says, who bears witness to Jesus as the Saviour, our confidence in Jesus should grow. Many times we trust a doctor: it is good, because the doctor is there to cure us; we trust in a person: brothers and sisters can help us. It is good to have this human trust among ourselves. But we forget about trust in the Lord: this is the key to success in life. Trust in the Lord, let us trust in the Lord! “Lord, look at my life: I’m in the dark, I have this struggle, I have this sin…”; everything we have: “Look at this: I trust in you!”. And this is a risk we must take: to trust in Him, and He never disappoints."

~Pope Francis

vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/homilies/2014/documents/papa-francesco_20140119_omelia-parrocchia-sacro-cuore-gesu_en.html

"Jesus is the “Good Shepherd” who goes in search of lost sheep, who knows his sheep and lays down his life for them (cf. Mt 18:12-14; Lk 15:4-7; Jn 10:2-4, 11-18). He is the way, the right path that leads us to life (cf. Jn 14:6), the light that illuminates the dark valley and overcomes all our fears (cf. Jn 1:9; 8:12; 9:5; 12:46).

He is the generous host who welcomes us and rescues us from our enemies, preparing for us the table of his body and his blood (cf. Mt 26:26-29; Mk 14:22-25); Lk 22:19-20) and the definitive table of the messianic banquet in Heaven (cf. Lk 14:15ff; Rev 3:20; 19:9). He is the Royal Shepherd, king in docility and in forgiveness, enthroned on the glorious wood of the cross (cf. Jn 3:13-15; 12:32; 17:4-5)."

~Pope Benedict XVI

vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/audiences/2011/documents/hf_ben-xvi_aud_20111005_en.html

"I invite all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ, or at least an openness to letting him encounter them; I ask all of you to do this unfailingly each day. No one should think that this invitation is not meant for him or her, since “no one is excluded from the joy brought by the Lord”.[1] The Lord does not disappoint those who take this risk; whenever we take a step towards Jesus, we come to realize that he is already there, waiting for us with open arms.

Now is the time to say to Jesus: “Lord, I have let myself be deceived; in a thousand ways I have shunned your love, yet here I am once more, to renew my covenant with you. I need you. Save me once again, Lord, take me once more into your redeeming embrace”. How good it feels to come back to him whenever we are lost!

Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy.

Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us his example: he has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again he bears us on his shoulders.

No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, he makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than his life, which impels us onwards!"

~ Pope Francis

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
EVANGELII GAUDIUM

w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html#I.%E2%80%82A_joy_ever_new,_a_joy_which_is_shared

This was at a Catholic Church?

Are you serious? Don’t believe everything you hear. What is your understanding of God?

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