Evangelize – or Proselytize?
Conversion is hard.
It also takes a long time. How many people do you know who have just woken up one day and decided to change their religion, political affiliation, or even favorite football team? I can’t think of anyone. These changes do happen sometimes, but they usually result from a long process. Heck, my conversion to Catholicism took the better part of ten years,... Read More
I’ve heard lots of commentaries recently by people who are utterly infuriated with politicians. Now, this blog isn’t generally concerned with politics, but I ran across a priceless reflection this week that seems perfectly suited for the times in which we live.
As regular visitors to gratefulconvert.com know, the late Fr. Ray Ryland was a dear friend, mentor, and... Read More
Praying for Prodigals
You meet the nicest people while blogging.
A great example of this happened just recently. After posting the last installment of my Workplace Witnesses article, I received a very gracious note from a reader who said she liked the section on freewill. She offered to send me her book that deals, among other things, with this topic. I wrote back, and offered to reciprocate.
Turns... Read More
Workplace Witnesses – Part 3
Continued from Part 2… here are more ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace.
Joy in Tribulations
One of my favorite stories in scripture is in Acts chapter 5. The apostles are hauled in front of the Sanhedrin, accused of preaching the gospel. For their troubles, they were flogged. Flogged! Then scripture tells us the most astonishing thing.
They... Read More
Workplace Witnesses – Part 2
Continued from Part 1… here are a few ways our actions can speak louder than words in the workplace.
Be a Friend
I worked with a guy several years ago named Stan, who had grown up Christian but abandoned his faith in favor of Buddhism. It was a bit of an odd relationship. Stan delighted in giving me a hard time about being Catholic, and we had many spirited conversations... Read More
Workplace Witnesses – Part 1
My wife’s cell phone was just about dead. She really didn’t want a new one, but the battery wouldn’t hold a charge, and it was becoming increasingly difficult for her to call her mom, text our older kids, and perhaps most important – receive calls from her loving husband.
That’s why we recently found ourselves reluctantly trudging into the wireless store at the end... Read More
Among the privileges of my life is knowing many good men, and among them some remarkable fathers. One unifying theme springs to mind that unites the great dads: gratitude.
Good fathers are grateful for their children. They know that that despite – and maybe because of – the challenges of fatherhood, there is a tremendous opportunity to positively influence the lives... Read More
Thank You, Fr. Ray
I first met Fr. Ray Ryland over twenty years ago. As a new Catholic, perhaps the most striking thing at the time was also being introduced to his wife Ruth.
He’s married? And a Catholic priest? How can that be?
Boy, did I have a lot to learn. There was this thing called the pastoral provision, and it enabled certain non-Catholic clergy who came into full communion with... Read More
Home for a Hermit
This is Brother Rex Anthony Norris, or Br. Rex for short. He’s a hermit.
Yes, a real, live hermit.
So what does a hermit do? Well, suffice it to say that what is referred to as the eremitic life is a vocation, and has to do with what the Church calls assiduous prayer.
He prays. A lot.
Br. Rex is something of a walking contradiction. You might reasonably think that a hermit... Read More
You Want to Convert Me?
I’m a grateful convert, but no one converted me.
You may have read about Pope Francis and his recent dialogue with atheist Eugenio Scalfari, founder of La Repubblica. In the published article, the Pope and Mr. Scalfari exchanged comments about whether they would attempt to convert one another. The Pope’s comments on the matter were decisive:
Proselytism is solemn... Read More
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