We Have to Be Converted Anew
"Every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights" (James 1:17). We for our part cannot weaken this faith and confidence with our human doubting and our timidity. In consequence, we must all be converted anew every day. This is a fundamental exigency of the gospel, addressed to everyone. If we have the duty of helping others to be converted, we have to do the same continuously in our own lives. Being converted means returning to the very grace of our vocation; it means meditating upon the infinite goodness and love of Christ, who has addressed each of us and, calling us by name, has said:
"Follow me." Being converted means continually "giving an account" before the Lord of our hearts about our service, our zeal, and our fidelity, for we are "Christ's servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God." Being converted also means "giving an account" of our negligences and sins, of our timidity, of our lack of faith and hope, of our thinking only "in a human way." Let us recall in this regard the warning that Christ gave to Peter himself. Being converted means seeking again the pardon and strength of God in the sacrament of reconciliation, and thus always beginning anew, and every day progressing, overcoming ourselves, making spiritual conquests, giving cheerfully, for" God loves a cheerful giver." Being converted means "to pray continually and never lose heart" (Luke 18: 1). In a certain way, prayer is the first and the last condition for conversion, spiritual progress, and holiness.
Pope John Paul II Letter to All Priests, Holy Thursday, 1979