Blog Posts for "Conversion"

Stuff Happens

June 28, 2014 Immaculate Heart of Mary Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Luke 2:41-51 Stuff happens. Suffering, regardless of how it occurs or who may have caused or contributed to it, is a fact of life. We suffer because we’re human, mortal and, as the story of Adam and Eve illustrates, prone to sin and disobedience to God’s will. Mary and Joseph suffered anxiety and confusion when their Son came up missing on the trip home from Jerusalem because he decided he needed to stay in the Temple, his Father’s house, and sit among the teachers there. The people of Israel...

Finding Our Way

January 25, 2014 Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle Acts 22:3-16 Conversion is often described by its end product: “seeing the light.” But as St. Paul’s encounter with Lord on the road to Damascus illustrates, conversion also involves periods of blindness and disorientation. Deeply held beliefs may be challenged. Long-standing behaviors, even unhealthy and self-destructive ones that we cling to in order to get through life, must be arrested or transformed. What does it mean? Where do we go? This is the part of the journey where God invites us to trust in the companions who can walk with us, talk...

Gifts, Charisms, and Conversion

Authentic entrance into religious life always involves a conversion. Every conversion begins with feelings of dissatisfaction about one’s present situation. A conversion seeks a fulfillment that one’s past and present has yet to deliver. Conversion pursues something new. For many, this something new is a person with whom one falls in love. Marriage is a conversion from the single-state to a committed life with another. As regular as that move is, it is a significant conversion of life style for anyone who chooses it. Entrance into a religious order is also a conversion. But religious life, which is...

Know Thy Self (Part 1)

Discernment can take on many forms, but during novitiate I have kept coming up against a common subject of discernment which has revealed itself to be a very difficult one to undertake. This, for me, has been the discernment of self. Through personal experiences, classes, spiritual reading and spiritual direction, this importance of self-discernment has continued to pop up over and over again. The discerning of one's self, in light of one's relationship with God, is a very common theme to be found among the works of many spiritual writers. Being a big fan of authors such as Thomas Merton,...

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