"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Conversion stories: "You could practically write a whole book about what happened to me." - Gloria Upson

It's a good thing.

Though I can sometimes be rather critical of what sometimes looks like a marketing campaign, memoirs are a highly honored literary form. Memoirs and conversion stories told in the first person are often fascinating representations of personal memory and experience.  In the case of conversion stories, they not only document and relate significant changes in one's life and perception, but the action of grace as well.  The conversion story gives glory to God and witnesses to God's merciful love: "that power in us which can do for us infinitely more than we can ask or imagine."  In other words - the conversion story is more about what God did for you, than you.

On another level, it is even God's will that we speak or write of such things, tell the story of what happened to us. 
The man that Jesus healed begged to go with Jesus. But Jesus sent the man away, saying, "Go back home and tell people what God did for you." So the man went all over town telling what Jesus had done for him. - Luke 8: 38-39
Did he write a bestseller, I wonder?  Licence action figures of himself?    Just kidding.

Seriously, congratulations!  It's all good.  You'll be in print, like Edna Ferber!  Perhaps boxed sets, like Proust!  On the cover of ... err ... a religious seminar brochure?


What?  I didn't say anything.


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