Of all the Parables none speaks so eloquently on the human condition as The Prodigal Son ...
In just a few simple words Jesus tells a story that gets right to the heart of what it really means to ' want to come home'.
This yearning to return may be nothing more than a simple thought in the back of your mind; perhaps triggered by events, or people, or an article in the newspaper, or by simply driving past your local church.
The idea of returning home may come from curiosity to know if things really have changed while you have been away.
Maybe you feel the need to satisfy a slow hunger for spiritual fulfilment. You know there is more to this thing called 'life', but ...
Perhaps the desire to make the return journey has been triggered by a life-changing experience. The birth of a child, a death of someone you love, ill health, the end of a marriage, financial problems, family rifts. These, and many more, can cause us to turn our eyes inward and our thoughts homeward.
We can promise you that the Hibiscus Coast Catholic Community is a warm and welcoming place to come home to. We will not embarrass you by killing the fattened the calf, but we will embrace you.
But making that first step can be the only thing stopping you from leaving wherever it is you are at, and coming home. So ...
- Why not Ask Father. His reply will be prompt, confidential and he will not make direct contact unless you ask?
- Why not ask a Catholic friend to take you to Mass?
- Why not give us a call and ask to speak to someone?
- Why not consider the 'Catholics Returning Home' programme? Contact the parish office.
But while he was a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son." But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Brink the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found." So they began to celebrate.