Linda: CONVERSION STORY
My conversion was greatly influenced by Medjugorje. I was a "cradle-Presbyterian", lapsed during my rebellious teenage and college years, but active again as an adult.
In retrospect, I can see that my conversion began when I was about 8 years old, around 1963. I became fascinated with the movie "Song of Bernadette", the story of St. Bernadette and Our Lady's apparition at Lourdes. I never missed that movie whenever it played on television, though I didn't completely understand it. Our Lady had already 'marked' me. I grew up, got busy, and forgot about this phase of my life.
As a young adult, I became re-invigorated as a Presbyterian, becoming very active in our church. I was very happy there, and am very grateful for all I learned. It was there I first learned to love Jesus. But Our Lady whispered to me again. Every Sunday, we would have a brief chidren's sermon. Always, on the first Sunday of Advent, the children's sermon would be about the angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary. I loved that story! Then shortly after Christmas, the children's story shifted to a 6 week series on Moses. It slowly began to seem strange to me that we spent only one of 52 weeks discussing Jesus' mother, and six times that long talking about Moses. Even as a Protestant, I could see that there was something VERY special about Mary, the only human to be so close to God the Son. I wondered......
This phase passed, and I went back to my contented life as a Protestant. Around 1996, our cable company added EWTN to its lineup. By 'chance' (not!), I was channel surfing and came across a program on EWTN related to Medjugorje. I was astounded to learn that the Blessed Mother was appearing again to people on earth, just like St. Bernadette. Our Mother was tugging at my heart again. I began searching the internet for anything I could find about this place called Medjugorje. I ordered Wayne Weible's first book. To make a long story short, I was hooked again, just like with "Song of Bernadette". I learned to pray the rosary, and felt Our Mother encouraging me to continue every day, though it was hard for me in the beginning. Slowly, I began to study about the Catholic Church, and realized that I had been a Catholic in my heart all my life. My Mother had been patiently calling me home again and again for over 30 years, but I was terribly 'hard of hearing'. It took me until 2001 to finish RCIA, but I was joyfully received into the Church at the Easter Vigil that year.
Thanks be to God!
Linda, Dallas, TX USA