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Posted By Eric Sammons On February 2, 2009 @ 9:02 am In Our Lady | Comments Disabled
Over at the Catholic Answers forum , there is a thread asking people to tell the story of their conversion. Obviously, every convert could write a book about their own journey to the Church, but in an internet forum, you want to keep it short. Here is what I wrote:
The story of my conversion in two words: the Rosary.
I was an Evangelical in college and very active in my prolife group. I was, however, the only non-Catholic in the group, which led to many discussions (i.e. arguments) about theological topics. After about two years, I had come to accept intellectually the teachings of the Church, but was adamant that I would “never” become Catholic.
Then one Sunday morning, I picked up my roommate’s Rosary and decided to pray it (actually, I read the prayers from the Rosary booklet he suspiciously left on his desk). It was a dare to myself: I would pray the Rosary every day for a week and see what happens.
Two days later, I decided to become Catholic. I told my Catholic friends: you guys had two years and couldn’t get me to convert. Mary had two days and did it.
Amazingly, I resisted for years praying the Rosary regularly. About once a year, I would pray it daily for a few weeks. Each time my life would become more peaceful and something amazing would happen in my life, yet I would always drop the habit and it would take another year or so to try again. It is only in the past year that I have been able to stay with it regularly.
So based on my experience with the Rosary, it was no suprise to me when Our Sunday Visitor called to tell me they were interested in publishing my book and I saw the date was October 7th- the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
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