O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Bride of Christ Does an About Face

Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul - III Class

I written on conversions before. I have a strong devotions to penitents (female saints who were neither virgins nor married). I've written on St. Margaret of Cortona and St. Pelagia of Antioch. I need to do something soon on St. Mary of Egypt after recently reading her life. St. Paul's conversion was not the result of sexual sins, but it is still great cause for us to take heart today with so many of our loved ones living as fallen away Catholics or just outright persecutors of the faith. We all know these people. It hurts all of us to see someone we love degrade themselves through a sinful lifestyle. God created for a certain dignity, but they run away into a fake man-made life. St. Paul was the greatest persecutor of the early Church and he was converted into the greatest evangelizer of the early Church. This did not happen slowly over time with gradual reform. No, this was all at once when St. Paul had the reality of God and His Love revealed to Him. The conversions of Sts. Margaret, Pelagia, and Mary were all sudden and all at once. St. Margaret had the death of her lover. St. Pelagia had the sermon of St. Nonnus. St. Mary had her inability to enter the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. The devil is powerless when God blitzes him. God is still trying to work such conversions today, because He wills that all men be saved. We need to do our part by making known the truth of the love of Christ the Bridegroom, who so loves His Bride the Church, that He destroyed Himself to wash away Her sins in His own Blood. He has been waiting for Her to return to Him for a long time. Let us pray that Bridegroom and Bride are reunited.