Hi, I was wondering if you could help me please as Im a bit lost! As a child I was baptized a catholic (although a non practicing one but still a believer) but many years later I took my shahada and became a Muslim. I no longer practice or believe in anything to do with Islam and I’m trying to find my way back to Jesus Christ. Now that I reject Islam after learning some truths I was unaware of before, would I now be considered catholic again seeing as my belief in Islam is what swayed me away is no longer there? Or would I have to be baptised again if accepted back? Many thanks in advance
Answered By: Fr. Michael
Hello and thank you for your question!
The first step in “finding your way back” is to rejoice at the realization that you are being called back by the Lord. The very desire to return is evidence that the Holy Spirit is active in directing you to the truth of Christ “standing at the door: knocking.” Alleluia! Now, how do we let Him in?
The short answer is that, no, you do not need to be re-baptized. Baptism is understood as a “once and for all” renunciation of the evil one and the false promises of this world and the joining of oneself to Christ and his death and Resurrection. The actual living out of our baptismal call requires continual repentance, especially in the sacrament of reconciliation or confession, which I encourage you to approach when you feel you are ready to make a firm re-commitment to Christ and repent of leaving Him.
In order to get to know Christ better, may I suggest two books: “Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation” by Father Matthew Kelly and “Introduction to Christianity” by Benedict XVI. These will serve as a wonderful re-introduction to the faith. Also, reach out to a priest you’d be interested in chatting with and don’t shy away from bringing up your past when you are ready.
God bless you, and welcome home!
Father Michael Bombak