This site is a place to share conversions to the Christian Faith. Please email your conversion stories to john@conversionstories.org . You can send images and audio as attachments under 10MB. Feel free to comment on stories and share your thoughts. If you have a story of a spiritual moment in your life, with a particular prayer, saint, Church or apparition site etc., you can share those as well and they will be posted under the category Spiritual Experiences.

Fatima Angels Singing

May 13th, 2009

When I was at Fatima at the breakfast table, I told my friends how beautiful I thought the nuns singing was in the middle of the night. They replied that clearly the nuns are not up at night singing and that I must have heard angels singing. I’d like to hear it again.

Novenas for Life

May 5th, 2009

Check out the 2009 Novenas for life at:

http://www.priestsforlife.org/novenas/index.htm

www.prayercampaign.org

Shopping Mall of Grace

April 26th, 2009

Down in the basement of the mall
On the old wooden pews
Of the Carmelite chapel I sit
Waiting for the red light to turn white
For my turn to unload my sins
Like sacks of potatoes
Wound up like a children’s toy against the wall
I push off on the candlelight
And breathe fire
It smells like an old person’s closet
Yet is sweeter than sunrise

Buffalo Bill’s Conversion

April 11th, 2009

William Frederick “Buffalo Bill” Cody (February 26, 1846 – January 10, 1917) was a soldier, bison hunter and showman. He was born in the Iowa and was one of the most colorful characters of the American Old West, and was largely famous for the shows he put on with cowboy themes.

“And it’s in my old age I have found God – And realize how easy it is to abandon sin and serve him. When one stops to think how little they have to give up – to serve God. It’s a wonder so many more don’t do it. A person only has to do right. Through this knowledge I have quit drinking entirely. And quit doing rash things simply by controlling my passions and temper when I find myself getting angry.”

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Saint Jude Novena

April 4th, 2009

I have said the Saint Jude Novena many times and something always happens when I do. Somehow Saint Jude has a special power when things get tough. Jesus said “ask and you shall receive” and  so faith helps to make this work even, when things appear hopeless.

Below is a short novena to Saint Jude:

http://www.ewtn.com/Devotionals/novena/jude.htm

Continued March 8, 2010:

Many years back when I was looking for an apartment in Vermont and all semed lost, I stumbled accros a Saint Jude’s Prayer in the paper. It felt like it was directly responsible for finding a spot in a place that was overbooked and that was just right.

Today I ended a 9 day short prayer Novena to Saint Jude for physical healing. I had been sick for 3 months and feel the best I have in a long time for these last 9 days. A new herbal medication came the day the Novena started and tonight on the last day I have a healing session booked that I had been trying to book for a while.

I went to mass yesterday (Monday am) and was reminded so strongly of the healing that comes from mass. Somehow your life energy has a chance to realign without the stresses outside of church. I always say I should go to mass more during the week and that was one more reminder of how it helps.  I prayed in front of the Statue of Saint Jude and feel that somehow such places and objects can make you feel closer to God. I can only imagine if all the world was open to this energy and put statues and cool reminders of God all over the place. Would it be tacky and too much? Are these people all crazy and kitschy? Is times square more or less powerful?

Somerville Madonnas

http://www.flickr.com/photos/joshmichtom/sets/374600/

Our Lady of Lourdes

February 28th, 2009

I was having a health issue that had been bothering me for weeks. The day I ended a nine day novena to Our Lady of Lourdes I went to a Chinese Healer for Tui Na Message. This on the same day as the end of the novena almost completely cured my problem. I once visited Lourdes. While in the Rosary Processions at night, someone said, do you smell that? I clearly smelled Roses and it was a cold fall night when they were definitely not in bloom and were no where in sight. Someone explained that it is a sign of Mary.

ETWN Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes

Hands Awaiting

January 23rd, 2009

When my grandmother (my mother’s mother) was dying, I was just a little girl, only five-years-old.  I have very few memories that date back that long ago, but I strongly remember my love for her.  We had a special bond.  Several years ago, midway through my teenage years, my mother told me some details about the hours leading up to my grandmother’s death.  She said that right before grandmother died, the agonizing whimpers she had been uttering ceased and she began giggling like a little girl.  She was giggling and saying, “they’re ticking me…they’re all around me and it tickles.”  My mother and her siblings who were in the room witnessing this miracle knew then that God had sent his best angels to escort my grandmother to heaven.

Hearing this boosted my faith and gave me an almost tangible proof that there is a Heaven and God is there waiting with open arms to bring us home.  Lately, I rely so much on my spiritual connection with my grandmother in Heaven.  I listen to her whispers in my life, just as I listen to God’s whispers (and sometimes his shouts!)

Recommendation: I am almost finished reading the novel “The Shack” by William Young.  A wonderful novel I highly recommend to any Christian who needs that extra “proof” that there is a God… who let his only son, Jesus die for our salvation–a man made in our own image–we may sometimes forget just how ‘human’ God really is.

Beth

Mary Undoer of Knots

January 17th, 2009

This prayer works! I said it for the typical 9 days but am thinking I will say it more. I was going through a number of relationship and health issues which were helped significantly during the Novena. At the end of the Novena a nice, surprise news story came out about my business. While not all the answers I received were the ones I wanted, I received answers just the same and many knots were untied. I am thankful to feel the power of grace.

Give it a try:
www.maryundoerofknots.com

Another site with more info:
http://www.desatadora.com.ar/indice-i.htm

maryundoerofknots.com/virgin_mary.jpg

Credit: maryundoerofknots.com

John McDougall

Sparks of God

January 16th, 2009

Twenty years ago you came in a beam of light
shining through the clouds of my youth
carving a cross on my heart

I sat in the library
at green mountain college
on my birthday in December
praying desperately to see the true meaning of life

Is it Buddha
Is it Brahma
Is it native spirituality?
Lord tell me if Jesus is truly the Son of God and the way

Instantly the sun came out from behind a thick wall of clouds
and I knew without any doubt that Jesus would be my savior for life

Two friends in particular when I was young,
Mike and Doug, shared their faith and conversion stories
They planted seeds and sparked a fire
That will burn forever.

After many years of trying different churches of all denominations, I started going to Catholic Masses, where I felt a sense of peace and a powerful presence. I decided to get confirmed and the process made me confident I was at home in the Church that Jesus formed. Since then I have been to Fatima, Lourdes, The Vatican (with Pope John Paul in 2000), Garabandal in Spain and various spiritual places. I believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and continue to read and pray to grow my faith. God sometimes feels distant and life can be dark but often it is in those times, if we push through it prayerfully, that we can experience true graces of the holy spirit that inspire us and renew our faith. When my mother died, too young, of a stroke in her fifties, my faith was put to the test. I got on my knees and prayed (at Mass General Hospital) that she would come out of her coma. I saw in my mind the gates of heaven opening for her and was given a message that it was her time to go and that it was meant to be. That really helped me get through an awful time but also made me realize, if you think your Catholic and have faith, think again! You may not realize how real God is untill such experiences make you question the ultimate facts of life. If she is dying, will I ever see her again? Is heaven real? If I truly have faith I will see her again? This increased my faith when I responed by trusting that my visions were a grace and that God is truly real. Even though I had a powerful conversion 10 years before, my faith needed a reality check. And more tests have come my way than I could have ever dreamed. I believe that God tries the ones he loves but it is for our own benefit and that we grow from it and our suffering has a purpose.  Thank God for the sacraments and the Saints that help us get through it all and bring the spirit into our lives and help us pass it on to others.

John McDougall