This book by the acclaimed spiritual writer Fr. Haggerty offers penetrating observations into the phenomenon of Christian conversion. Arranged as a collection of concise, meditative reflections on various topics associated with conversion, it takes up many issues that are not often linked in spirituality to the crucial moment of a soul's return to God in conversion. The repercussions of sin, the proper understanding of mercy, the importance of a more radical response to the will of God, are naturally given attention. But, more unusually, the reflections in this book also treat other issues that ensue in the immediate aftermath of a conversion that can make the difference between a mediocre life with God and a truly holy life.
The focus in certain chapters on love for the poor, on simplicity of lifestyle, on devotion to the Eucharist, as special graces that awaken in the immediate period after a conversion, is not commonly noted. The treatment of a "second conversion" in life is likewise a provoking contribution to enhance our desire to cross a decisive threshold of greater depth in our relations with God. The prospect of embracing a deep passion for God in our lives is the thematic undercurrent within the pages of this work.
"Father Haggerty resembles the great theologians of the middle ages. He seeks to learn from those holy men and women who have preceded him and who are masters of the spiritual life. No task presses more urgently upon the Church today than preaching the call to conversion. Fr. Haggerty, with his gift for being a gentle pedagogue, clearly explains the main elements of Christian conversion. No greater tragedy exists for the human creature than to miss being converted."— Fr. Romanus Cessario, O.P, Professor of Theology, St. John's Seminary
"Abstractions are not the language of God, and that is why St. Francis de Sales said 'heart speaks to heart.' Fr. Haggerty uses a clear and direct style for which he is justly esteemed, to make the point that conversion is the daily heartfelt response of a disciple to the Master, whether we come to Him later in life or were brought to him as infants in parental arms. To be a 'cradle Catholic' is no license to remain in the cradle. This fine book encourages a conversion of souls to the true challenge of holiness.."— Fr. George Rutler, Author, He Spoke to Us
Fr. Donald Haggerty a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, has been a Professor of Moral Theology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He has a long association as a spiritual director for Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity. He is the author of the books Contemplative Hunger and Contemplative Provocations.