Abbey Johnson, a former clinic director for Planned Parenthood, is featured in this inspiring video Every Life is Beautiful. Abbey is an example of how peaceful prayer can change people’s lives and bring conversion. As you watch this short video, keep in mind that each little prayer we say, each little sacrifice we offer up to God, can lead to this type of profound change in another person’s life – and also our own!
Why I’m Catholic features inspiring conversion stories written by Catholics from all former faiths and no faith. Back in the spring I received an email from Steve Lawson asking me to share my conversion story for the website Why I’m Catholic. This beautiful and well-designed site was started in January 2011 by a team of young Catholics from around the world. Their mission is to “affirm the reality of God and his Catholic Church by spreading subjective conversion testimonies that witness to the Truth.” It took me longer than I expected to write about some of the wonderful joy God has brought into my life,…continued
Now we are looking at the second and third elements of “evangelization” as defined by Father John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary. “ Evangelization is a zealous proclamation of the Gospel in order to bring others to Christ and his Church.” It includes: 1) interior conversion to Christ and his Church 2) affecting not only the individual person but the whole culture 3) as a result, changing this culture and its institutions to make them Christian and Catholic. Our inner conversion – change, awakening to Christ – this naturally affects not only us as individuals but also the whole culture as we connect…continued
According to John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary, evangelization is the “zealous proclamation of the Gospel in order to bring others to Christ and his Church.” We tend to think of evangelization as going out and telling people about Christ and getting them to come to Church. This proclamation and “going out” are certainly essential aspects of evangelization, but they are not the entire picture of what is meant. The definition goes on to add, “…Evangelization, therefore, includes three distinctive elements: 1. interior conversion to Christ and his Church; 2. affecting not only the individual person but the whole culture;…continued
Pope Benedict XVI wrote a wonderful message for us to encourage our deep conversion during Lent 2011 (for the full text visit the Vatican website here. As this season of sacrifice and penance comes to an end, I pulled a section from the end of his Message to use as a reflection. The section is broken apart to help us reflect more deeply on the words and how they apply to our lives today. Pope Benedict XVI’s words are italicized. A Deep Conversion “In synthesis, the Lenten journey, in which we are invited to contemplate the Mystery of the Cross, is meant to reproduce within us “the…continued
Professor +Anthoy Lilles of Beginning to Pray writes in his article The Hidden Life of Christ and Our Life, that “The Lord lives in the secret of our faith – and He wants us to go by faith to find him: this means we must, like He did, make hidden renunciations, dedicate ourselves to holiness in our humble daily tasks, be merciful and kind especially when no one notices, and make prayer the priority of our hearts.” Hidden renunciations are not glamorous, they sound like such little things that we tend to forget about them. We consider them to be so trivial that…continued
Our day is like a plate of food we are given each morning. We consume time like pieces of food off of this plate. We do so many things with our time, so many very important things each day. When the day is done, we are quite proud of ourselves to take whatever is left of our time and to give it to God. We think we are giving Him such a great gift in spending those few left over minutes with Him. In reality, we have eaten all of the choice pieces to satisfy ourselves and our earthly needs…continued