Have you heard about the second conversion? Many Catholics (and Christians from all streams for that matter) have not experienced what the Church calls the second conversion or the “conversion of the baptized.” This experience is explained below and is from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is ultimately a dynamic “Divine Mercy” encounter with the Lord. It stems from a contrite heart and grace colliding in a symphony of mercy poured out on the sinner. It is the beginning of life as never experienced before if one “grows up” in their salvation. Maturing in Christ is fundamental to this new walk and greatly aids in one becoming a positive witness of the Gospel.
“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, His precepts!”
– Benjamin Franklin
THE CONVERSION OF THE BAPTIZED
Jesus calls to conversion. This call is an essential part of the proclamation of the kingdom: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.”16 In the Church’s preaching this call is addressed first to those who do not yet know Christ and his Gospel. Also, Baptism is the principal place for the first and fundamental conversion. It is by faith in the Gospel and by Baptism17 that one renounces evil and gains salvation, that is, the forgiveness of all sins and the gift of new life.