Conversion 101: Action

There he was, looking thin and insignificant next to his hulking father. Surrounded by a surging crowd of townspeople, St. Francis stood before the Bishop of Assisi while Peter Bernardone continued to pour out complaint after complaint against his wretched son. The people wondered: “Surely the Bishop will agree?” Only a few days earlier FrancisContinue reading “Conversion 101: Action”

Conversion 101: Metanoia

Knowledge and comprehension alone will not produce change. Some people even consider such “enlightenment” as an end goal, where it is only the first movement. Today, we’re going to focus on the next step: metanoia. Self-knowledge, guided by Revelation, leads to understanding. Understanding, inflamed by Love, leads to metanoia. Metanoia applied, leads to action. ActionContinue reading “Conversion 101: Metanoia”

Conversion 101: Self-Knowledge

While the Holy Spirit inspires and empowers us, we can take concrete steps to move toward a life marked by ongoing conversion. Consider the following four-part formula: Self-knowledge, guided by Revelation, leads to understanding. Understanding, inflamed by Love, leads to metanoia. Metanoia applied, leads to action. Action surrendered, leads to conversion. In today’s post, we’llContinue reading “Conversion 101: Self-Knowledge”

Conversion 101: Conversion as a Way of Life

St. Bernard of Clairvaux taught that in the spiritual life we cannot remain the same: we must either advance or go backward. Nor is a relationship with Christ static; either we take up our cross and follow him, or we hold on to our “self” and try to stay put. A disciple’s path is oneContinue reading “Conversion 101: Conversion as a Way of Life”