Three Essential Elements of Christian Conversion

What is Christian conversion? In other words, what does it mean to truly respond to the love and call of God?Is following Christ merely a commitment to learn about Jesus, what he said and what he taught? Or is there a deeper dimension: how does following Christ make a real difference in our lives?To answer these questions, I'd like to share some thoughts on conversion that come from William Johnston's lovely book "Arise, My Love...": Mysticism for a New Era. Johnston was a Jesuit priest, … [Read more...]

The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Prayer

Like so many folks in the blogosphere, I was fascinated by the story of Leah Libresco, atheist blogger who in 2012  surprised all sorts of folks by converting to Catholicism. I haven't been a regular follower of her blog, either before or after she entered the Church, but the few times I've checked it out her writing struck me as articulate, intelligent and thoughtful.So when Libresco's first book, Arriving at Amen was published, I jumped at the chance to review it. And I'm happy to say t … [Read more...]