At the end of January, we celebrated the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. The word conversion comes from the Greek word metanoia which literally means "to change one's mind." I think it's safe to say that any conversion of heart begins with a conversion of the mind.
It takes humility to change one's mind, especially when we are convinced of something. Humility gives us the interior space to be open to the possibility of being wrong about something or someone. Humility also gives us a healthy sense of humor about life, which is too short to take ourselves too seriously.
Join me in asking St. Paul for the gift of humility, which opens us up to others to be received as a gift and not a threat.
In Christ Jesus,
Fr. Michael Vanderbeek, LC