Sunday, March 8, 2009

Practical Conversion

1. First step in conversion is to admit that something in us might be wrong, why else would we change? We must first accept whatever is to changed and then move forward to make the change. "Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self." - Francis of Assisi

2. There is a relationship between conversation and conversion. To be in conversation is to turn together in interaction. Conversion is to turn one's heart, behavior, thoughts, or actions to Christ. Conversion demands relationships. We need to be conversing in order to be converted--conversing with the poor, with those who know suffering, with those who are wise, with those we look up to.

3. The Church is a mediator between conversation and conversion; the community is necessary for conversion. The Church is where we participate in the celebration of the Eucharist--hope for the world; a place of renewal; a place of unexpected moments of grace.

4. No one of us contributes it all to conversion and peacemaking. BUT we all have something to contribute! Father Richard Rohr says that dialogue and faith sharing is the gospel's opening tool and means for conversion. Should this be in quotes? From dialogue to conversion.

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