Redemptoris Missio 46a: Conversion

Two numbered sections discuss “Conversion and Baptism.” In speaking of conversion, we are talking about two important things that are sometimes missed. First, that we are not talking about a switch from Wesley or Luther or Joel Osteen to Rome. Conversion, by definition, is a movement from unbelief to faith. As such, the second important element is that conversion is wholly grace:

The proclamation of the Word of God has Christian conversion as its aim: a complete and sincere adherence to Christ and his Gospel through faith. Conversion is a gift of God, a work of the Blessed Trinity. It is the Spirit who opens people’s hearts so that they can believe in Christ and “confess him” (cf. 1 Cor 12:3); of those who draw near to him through faith Jesus says: “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (Jn 6:44).

The human being must cooperate, but conversion is not an intellectual accomplishment of an evangelist or apologist. Such persons are but tools, media to get to the final result God desires in the convert.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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