A decision to return, or even to begin thinking about a return, to the Church, perhaps after a long time away, can be a courageous one. It is also one which inevitably requires us to be open to change.
Whenever we enter into a new relationship, we cannot help but be changed by this. To begin a process of returning to the Church is to make ourselves vulnerable to the healing power of God’s love.
Whether we are involved in this process ourselves, or watching a loved one, it can be unnerving if we do not know where this change will take us or them. But, if it is of God, then the changes will be for the better and it is good for us to be able to trust in God’s love.
It is also good to know that some (or all!) of the following are ‘normal’ responses: