Conversion Stories

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  2. cathapol says:

    I’ll break the ice and start with my conversion story…

    The year is 1988. I’ve spent 29 years as a Protestant and the last 7 of those years aggressively defending my Protestant upbringing and attacking Catholicism. One Summer evening I’m laying in bed and meditating. I begin thinking about Mary – my biggest stumbling block in regard to Catholicism. While meditating, drift into thinking about some of the miracles in the Catholic Church which have been documented even in the secular media (Lourdes and Fatima came to mind, and miracles which followed). I then said a prayer, to Mary! Oh my! But I asked her, “Mary, if you are what the Catholic Church makes you out to be, show me somehow.” After that, I didn’t give it much more thought and I went to sleep.

    A few days later, I woke up in the middle of the night. I could not get back to sleep, so about 2am, I got up and went to the living room and turned on the TV – hoping to find something boring to put me back to sleep on the coach. I turned to an old black and white movie. Minutes turned to hours, and I was still wide awake watching this movie! I was so taken in by it! The movie was “The Song of Bernadette,” the story of Lourdes. Well, now it’s 4:30am as the movie is ending, and I have to be up at 6am to go to work. I say a prayer, “Lord, in the next hour and a half, give me 8 hours of rest please!” I went to sleep immediately, and woke up about 2 minutes before the alarm – wide awake and refreshed! I went to work and had a great day!

    A few days went by and I was feeling really good. It suddenly dawned on me… that movie was my message from Mary! It was about an apparition of Mary at Lourdes, France and some documented miracles which followed. It became clear to me – the final stumbling block preventing me from becoming a Catholic was removed. I went to visit my father-in-law, with whom I had many quite heated debates with over the last 7 years, and took my normal debating place across from him at the kitchen table – when I just blurted out, “Francis, I need to convert.” He about fell out of his chair! He was expecting another debate, and I dropped that on him! We immediately set an appointment with his priest and met with him weekly for the next several weeks. I was conditionally baptized and brought into full communion with the Church! “Communion” took on a whole new meaning for me – it was now “Eucharist!” It was and IS the Real Presence in a way I never experienced previously. I fell in love with Jesus all over again!

    Now, just to “test my faith” – I decided to confront James White, whom I had met online shortly before my conversion. If I had missed something, then God would use James to get me back out. Well, we debated regularly for the next several years. There was not a single question James put to me that I could not answer (he cannot say the same for he’s left several challenges unanswered). If there was ever a time I could not immediately answer, I always – and I mean ALWAYS – found the answer in short order (often thanks to my father-in-law, Francis). With every debate I encountered with White, my Catholic Faith was confirmed all the more.

    The ACTS website evolved from a BBS system originally hosted by a good friend of mine, Mike Middleton, in Phoenix, and more than 20 years later – it’s still going strong. Today ACTS is host to three email groups, two blogs, an IRC chatroom and a webboard – each dedicated to defending the Catholic Faith.

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