By Lucy Johnson
And he said to them,
“Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation.”
~ Mark 16:15
Conversion is the process of changing from one form to another, such as changing one’s religion or beliefs. As we celebrate the Conversion of St Paul today, I think back on my own “conversion.”
Finding my way
I was raised Catholic and never really fell away from the faith; however, I didn’t have a clue. “God is love; let’s make a collage” was the mantra of the 70s. It wasn’t until my late 40s that I experienced a conversion of sorts. I had been questioning what it meant to be Catholic when a space opened unexpectedly on a trip to the Holy Land, and I filled in. This experience was life-changing! I began my quest to learn more and to understand the mission that Jesus gave to St. Paul and everyone.
How to tell I’m Catholic
Recently a friend gave me a button that said I am a Catholic Woman.
At first, I was a little offended.
Can’t she tell that I’m a Catholic woman by how I act? I’m not wearing this. As I reflected more about my response, I wondered if there wasn’t some fear about wearing such a button. Would people ridicule me or expect me to be holy? Will they challenge my beliefs? Would I be able to defend that challenge? Am I afraid to offend someone who may disagree with the Catholic Church? Has my faith become watered-down, politically correct?
How am I living out my conversion, my mission in the world today?
As you can tell, I have more questions than answers. As I reflect on my spiritual journey, I continue to trust God to show me the way. I need to share the peace and joy I have received by sowing seeds, not necessarily wearing buttons. I hope that others will know I am a Catholic woman through my love.
God, help me to live my faith and bring the Good News to all those in my world, starting with my family, friends, and co-workers.
Call to Action
Take a moment today to reflect on your faith journey. Think about those who helped you along the way and say a prayer of gratitude for them.
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