I met my Lord Jesus almost 6 and a half years ago. I was 15 years old at the time, and was actively searching for meaning and fulfillment. The Lord brought me back to my Catholic faith, and during my confirmation retreat I encountered the Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. His glory dazzled me. He called me by name. He told me of His love & care for me. He called me to change my life and follow after Him. This was the transformative moment of my life, in which I decided to live my life completely for Jesus.
Since my reversion back to the Catholic Church, I’ve spent the last 6 years striving to grow in my faith and aid Jesus in the conversion of souls. I’ve served in youth ministry as a youth, college student, and now it’s my full time job. What a blessing! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world, because I come to work every day in love with my job and determined to do good work! Bless the Lord!
However, in the short time I’ve been working in ministry, I’ve realized that it’s really easy to focus on the conversion of others, and neglect my own personal conversion. Although I gave my life to Christ 6 short years ago, I struggled to give my life to Christ on a daily basis. It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in working, and forget that I too need to invest my time and energy in my relationship with Christ.
Every single day, Christ is calling us to have a conversion of heart, mind, body, and soul. No matter how long we have been walking in faith, each of us have things that we render to Our Lord. Whether that is waking up an extra 30 minutes early so we can have personal time with our Lord, or refraining from criticizing our neighbor. Jesus presents each and every one of us an opportunity to deny ourselves, pick up our cross, and follow him.
Aiding Jesus in the mission of the salvation of souls begins in each of our hearts. How can we help Jesus convert the souls of our brothers and sisters, if we are unwilling to let Jesus continually transform our own souls? Jesus wants to heal, restore, and love each of us. No matter how long we’ve been walking in faith. Whether we gave our life to Christ 40 years ago or 4 days ago, Jesus desires to help each of us better ourselves and be the people He created us to be.