Conversion is not a one-time event. It is a lifelong turning away from sin and toward Jesus Christ. Again and again and again …
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In this film and study program, Bishop Robert Barron illuminates six biblical stories of conversion, demonstrating how six ordinary people, just like you, were met by Jesus where they were and called to a better life through him. The common theme in each story is the turning of all one's attention and energy toward an ever deeper, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
In his characteristically energetic style, Bishop Barron explains how conversion is not so much a one time event, but a life-long process. "Jesus Christ calls us in thousands of different ways to follow Him, as we strive on the path for spiritual excellence," explains Bishop Barron.
This video-based study program can be experienced individually or in a group. Groups meet for eight 90-mintue sessions to explore the six Scripture stories and Bishop Barron’s practical lessons for our own life. Each session includes video viewing and small group discussion of the Study Guide questions. Participants read the commentary in the Study Guide and prepare the questions before the small group discussion. This preparation can be done either before or after they view the video, as the Commentary in each lesson is very detailed. The Study Guide Commentary was written by Bishop Barron and Amy Welborn, the author of many books on spirituality and catechesis.
The Leader’s Kit provides essential resources for lay discussion leaders, including the DVD, study guide, facilitator guide, answer key, and prayer cards.
Leaders can also register for a free training webinar which teaches the best ways to run an effective Conversion study group.
Lesson One: “Introduction”
- Lesson 1
- Lesson 2
- Lesson 3
- Lesson 4
- Lesson 5
- Lesson 6
What is the Catholic definition of “conversion”? Contrary to Protestant belief in a “once and done” conversion and salvation, the Catholic view is a bit more nuanced.
Lesson I: Bartimaeus
There are many ways to “see” beyond the physical sense. The story of the healing of blind Bartimaeus in the Gospel of Mark reads as a symbolic itinerary of the spiritual life.
Lesson II: The Rich Young Man
Saint John Paul II referred to this story often, even before he was made pope. He believes the essence of the Christian moral life can be found in three, very distinct ways that are illustrated in this story: deep hunger for things eternal; things you have to leave behind if you want friendship with God; and God is nothing but love.
Lesson III: Matthew
Matthew’s conversion reflects the call to new life for all of us. Matthew, a corrupt, worldly tax collector, abruptly gets up and changes his life when Jesus calls him. Usually, we don’t see and hear Jesus’ call as directly and clearly as Matthew did. Jesus’ call to follow him comes in many different ways, but it does come to each of us.
Lesson IV: Jonah
Jonah’s story expresses the basic dynamic of conversion. Jonah is called; he resists and is pursued by God. Finally, his will is “swallowed up” by God’s will, and he ends up where God wanted him to be all along. Echoes of this tension between our will and God’s is usually found in each of our lives.
Lesson V: The Woman at the Well
All the dynamics of conversion are on display in the story of the woman at the well. We see that conversion goes beyond just a change in opinions or intellectual beliefs. It means a profound shift of our deepest allegiances, a transformation of our loyalties, and an understanding of who is running our lives and who we ask to fulfill our deepest desires.
Lesson VI: The Journey of the Magi
In the steps the Magi take on their journey to follow the star of Bethlehem, we can see the steps of the spiritual life. In each step, there is a critical lesson about conversion – almost a “how to” guidebook.