Mother Elvira My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9) “Your son’s addiction will become a blessing to your family.” I didn’t buy it at the time, of course. I have a vague recollection of staring back at this sympathetic Deacon, mouth agape, utterly confounded by his words.... [Read more...]From Addiction to Hope
Mother Elvira Not only that, but we even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance, proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5) Call 911! A loud thud startled... [Read more...]An Open Invitation
One of the great privileges of my life is knowing many good people. In fact, it would be difficult to overstate the impact of these family members, friends, and acquaintances on my journey through life – and who I have become. As anyone who has read my conversion story or my latest book knows, the greatest gift I have been given is my unwitting... [Read more...]The Creed
It’s my privilege to count Scott Hahn as a friend. As I recount in my new book, How God Hauled Me Kicking and Screaming Into the Catholic Church, Scott will always have my gratitude for the day he pulled a rosary out of his pocket and handed it to me. At the time, I didn’t even know what it was. Warning: If you’re not Catholic and want to stay... [Read more...]It’s Official!
HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 22, 2016 – Detailing his circuitous route into the Catholic Church, bestselling author and convert, Kevin Lowry, shares memoirs and stumbling blocks in grappling with the beliefs of Catholicism. “I wrestled against the whole idea of it,” says Lowry. As a proud Protestant preacher’s kid, 20 years ago attending a Catholic... [Read more...]Kicking and Screaming!
Imagine for a moment that you had taken the most extraordinary, unlikely journey – one you never anticipated and still can’t believe actually happened. Now imagine you wanted to write a book describing the experience… how would you begin? Here’s what I would write. Here’s something I believe: If Catholicism is true, then... [Read more...]The Pain of Conversion
Did you experience the loss of friends and family due to your conversion? If you did, how did you get through the grief and loss? Thanks. The question, from a new Facebook friend, cut me to the heart. As I ponder his words, a rush of memories and emotions flood my mind. The answer to his first question, I assure him, is yes. But do I have any answers... [Read more...]Catholic Q&A Wins International Award
If you’ve ever visited this humble blog in the past, chances are pretty good that you know I’m a fan of the late Fr. Ray Ryland. He was my friend, mentor, and spiritual director for many years, and among the heroes of my life. You probably also know that since Fr. Ray’s passing, my dad compiled hundreds of Fr. Ray’s responses... [Read more...]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... [Read more...]Saintly Politicians?
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... [Read more...]