Conversion 101: Surrender

St. Teresa of Calcutta first came to India at the age of eighteen as a postulant with the Loreto Sisters. On her arrival, she was struck by the poverty and the suffering of the native people. She began teaching in the Loreto convent school and later became headmistress. Her love for the poor was evidentContinue reading “Conversion 101: Surrender”

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”