Fr. John Hardon’s Catholic Dictionary defines conversion as follows:

CONVERSION. Any turning or changing from a state of sin to repentance, from a lax to a fervent way of life, from unbelief to faith, and from a non-Christian religion to Christianity. Since the Second Vatican Council the term is not used to describe a non-Catholic Christian becoming a Catholic. The preferred term is “entering into full communion with the Church.” (Etym. Latin conversio, a turning, overturning, turning around; turning point; change.)

When passing on the faith we desire to not merely instill knowledge (although this is very important), but we are seeking to help draw students into a greater love for Christ.  In turn they want to share that love and pass it onto others.  Conversion is a constant turning toward God and being renewed in God and living for Him.

How are you helping your students foster conversion in their lives?  How can you help them grow spiritually?  Here are three ways you can foster  conversion in the classroom:

1) Draw your students into prayer – When your students see your love for God as you pray and lead them in prayer they will desire to grow and talk with God in their prayer lives.  Help them “catch” the desire to be in the presence of God and talk with Him.  For example, praying the Our Father because you know it by memory is different than praying it by heart.  Students will see this come through as you pray.

2) As you share the topic of the day with your students are they drawn by your authentic witness of the faith and your enthusiasm for Christ and His Church? When they see this they can’t help but want it for themselves and want to know more.

3) Are you showing your students how living your faith is actually making a difference in your life? The more you give concrete examples of how you are living the faith the more they will understand and know how to live their Catholic Faith in their daily lives.

What are other ways you help foster conversion in the classroom?

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