A Welcome Letter To New Catholics

Nothing is more beautiful than the Easter Vigil.  Its liturgical depth and poetic beautify enamor me every year I am able to participate in it.  When the flame of the Easter Candle is ignited, the Church itself is renewed not only by the faithful, but by nature itself.  These two aspects, the regeneration of the world and the Catholic community inside of it, are manifested also in two ways: the season of spring and the welcoming of our newest brothers and sisters into the Church.  This letter, then, is to you, the newly baptized converts and the newly confirmed reverts to the Catholic Church.

First, I would like to congratulate you for accomplishing the first leg of your journey.  To make it this far, you had to to humble yourselves and sacrifice your time to study the fullness of truth. Such and undertaking requires stamina, both intlectual and physical, which will come in handy as you come to know Jesus more and more intimately.  Know that you are loved not only by Him, but by all of us who make up His body of which you are now an integral part of.

I would also like to commend you for your bravery.  The devil has taken aim on Jesus’ Church because people like you and I are a threat to him.  Your lifestyle is a testament to Christ’s love that needs to be seen by the world if we have any hope of saving it from the hands of the evil one.  I say this not to scare you, but to encourage you, my newest family member, to be strong in the face of temptation.  This accompaniment was given to Jesus in His angels when He was tempted by satan.  It is the same that we offer you during your times of need.

You are now a part of the Church that Jesus Christ founded upon the rock of Peter over 2,000 years ago.  In other words, you are now playing for the winning team.  As a fellow soldier in this spiritual battle, I extend to you my hand in sacramental love and my prayers for your continual spiritual protection.


~TJ Burdick