Thomas Merton wrote a book about his own conversion process. The book is a best-selling autobiography and is called The Seven Story Mountain.
Merton tells about the first step in his conversion which took place right after he graduated from high school. He was traveling alone in Europe and his lifestyle was very flashy. One night in his room, he was struck with an awareness of his sinfulness. Merton writes: "The whole thing passed in a flash... I was overwhelmed with a sudden and profound insight into the misery and corruption of my own soul... I was filled with horror at what I saw... And my soul desired escape... From all this, was an intensity and an urgency unlike anything I had ever known before. He went on to say that for the first time in his life he prayed-- really prayed.
He prayed to the God he had never known to reach down from heaven and free him from the evil power that held his body and soul in slavery.
The story of Thomas Merton is a true conversion experience. It describes the kind of change of heart the sinful woman had in today's gospel. Both Thomas Merton and the woman in the gospel recognized their sinfulness and corrected their actions
We can all take a look at our relationship with God. We can see where we follow God's Will and where we need to grow closer to God, where we are in need of conversion.
I'd like to close with a prayer:
Voice of Jesus, call to us
when we stray too far from you.
Eyes of Jesus, smile upon us
When we need encouragement.
Hands of Jesus, anoint us
when we grow weak and weary.
Arms of Jesus, lift us up
when we stumble and fall.
Heart of Jesus,
help us love one another
as you have loved us.
Sincerely in Christ,