May 6. Conversion experiences was one of Marie’s favourite topics and she had written a whole little booklet on it. She shared, “I have discovered much about my own faith through these conversion stories, about people throughout the centuries even.  Some were life-changing events, like Saul’s, others were more like a process of change. Some men and women felt called to start or join a religious congregation. Turning away from an addiction to drugs, alcohol or gambling can be a conversion too. Most of us, young and old, have small conversion experiences, possibly during a time of fasting or moment in one’s life. Childbirth can be a such a moment. A conversion towards interreligious dialogue or an ecological conversion are strong features of our time.”   Antony added, “it’s funny, conversion is an individual reality, but there is also the conversion away from an individualist view, towards seeing the family as the way to be church. This is an ongoing process for me.”  

Scripture. Saul still breathing threats and murder against the disciples went to Damascus to look for and arrest disciples.  As he journeyed suddenly a light from heaven flashed about him.  He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul why do you persecute me?” and he said, “Who are you?” Pope Francis:   St Francis did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines; he simply spread the love of God.  He understood that God is love and those who abide in love abide in God.   In this way he became the father to all and inspired the vision of a fraternal society.FT4.  The Second Vatican Council renewed the image of the family as a “domestic Church” (LG 11; AL 11), which was present in the first centuries of Christianity. (cf. St. John Chrysostom) The family is “the way of the Church”. (Gratissimam sane 2) From “The Family and the Synod.  Reflect, share,.  Which kind of conversion can I relate to?   Pray. Mary, Mother most hopeful, trusting in the goodness of the Father, pray for us.