Converts are the best!

I love converts. Doesn’t matter how long you’ve been Catholic, you will learn something by witnessing someone discover the beautiful truths of our faith.  Check out this blog I recently discovered, Mackerel Snapper, by Matthew Tyson, who is a young husband and father, a convert with a conservative fundamentalist background, and a man on fire to share what he now knows about the Catholic Church.

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  • richard

    Thanks for sharing with us Matthew Tyson’s inspired testimony.

  • Steve31

    usually converts act as know-it-alls, arrogant and snarky, why I can think of a few right here on patheos…

    • simchafisher

      Well, technically you’re not “on Patheos,” you’re just commenting; although you definitely do sound arrogant and snarky.
      You did mean yourself, right? A-cos the rest of us were just having a nice conversation . . .

    • Melissa Hunter-Kilmer

      Yes! I am a know-it-all, arrogant, snarky convert myself! Thank you for the shout-out. 😀

    • beriggs

      Wow, I am a convert of 12 years, and I hope that my absolute love for the Church has not been interpreted as know-it-all, arrogant or snarky. I continue to be grateful to God that he brought me to this place in my life.

  • Matthew

    Thanks so much for the kind words, Simcha.

  • Beth

    As a convert myself, it’s always nice to know that my faith is encouraging to SOMEONE. Because I sure do seem to push enough other people away sometimes! Hopefully that’s not a know-it-all, arrogant, snarkiness like Steve31 mentioned. I came into the Catholic Church all along because I couldn’t figure it out on my own…

  • Kate

    My father was a convert and it’s because of him that we had such a strong Catholic family life. My mother was a cradle Catholic who became more strongly religious throughout their married life. She has many siblings and she is the only one who is still a committed Catholic. I married a convert (although my husband converted when he was in college, so he’s been Catholic longer now than not) and I always admire his zeal and it’s influence on lazy, complacent me and our children. It’s especially admirable when you think he gave up the possibility of comfy living as a Lutheran minister to embrace large family poverty.