Those Overzealous New Converts

04/11/2011 Comments (62)

I recently had a conversation with a lady in RCIA who will enter the Church at Easter Vigil. Overcome with emotion about the upcoming big day, she gushed about how much the Church has already enriched her life. She joyfully explained how close she feels to all her wonderful fellow Catholics, and said that she and her fiance can’t wait to begin practicing Natural Family Planning—all the books she’s read make it sound so great! Then she talked about the changes she’s making in her life: For Lent she gave up all meat, all television, all secular music, and only uses the Internet for an hour a day. She’s been going to Mass a few times per week, and plans to attend Mass seven days a week once...READ MORE

Filed under conversion, convert, converts, evangelization

PETA Celebrates Infertility Awareness Week With Free Vasectomy

04/08/2011 Comments (18)

You can’t make this stuff up. From the website of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals:

It’s a two-fer: Get your animal companion fixed, and get yourself fixed too! Human overpopulation is crowding out animal life on the planet, and dog and cat overpopulation is creating a euthanasia crisis that is a crying shame. Disappearing wilderness, vanishing water resources, and pollution is the price that future generations will pay for more human births, while losing their lives is the price that millions of homeless dogs and cats pay when guardians neglect to “fix” their companion animals.

Every year in the U.S., an estimated 6 to 8 million lost, abandoned, or unwanted dogs and cats enter...READ MORE

Filed under animal rights movement, contraception, human life, overpopulation, peta, sterilization

A Pants-Wearing Woman Reflects on Skirts

04/06/2011 Comments (186)

I recently read the fascinating epic memoir Wild Swans by Jung Chang, which is about three generations of women who grew up in 20th century China. The most riveting part is when the author describes the great upheaval that occurred under the dictatorship of Mao Zedong. Of the hundreds of pages the author spends describing the sweeping changes that overtook her country during that time, one section stood out to me the most. Chang writes:

One day in 1965, we were suddenly told to go out and start removing all the grass from the lawns. Mao had instructed that grass, flowers, and pets were bourgeois habits and were to be eliminated…Mao had attacked flowers and grass several times before,...READ MORE

Filed under communism, feminism, modesty, skirts, women, women's equality

Do Our Children Belong to Us, or to God?

04/04/2011 Comments (45)

Below is a series of excerpts from articles that I’ve clipped for my “Culture of Death” file. Can you spot the common theme among all the following statements?

  • The Austin American-Statesman interviewed a woman who was an early user of the birth control pill. When touting all the supposedly wonderful things the Pill did for women, she said: “Children are great when you want them, but a millstone around your neck if you don’t.”
  • In an article heralding the arrival of a new, less invasive test to detect Down syndrome that will allow us to “slowly eradicate the disease,” a spokesperson from the Institute of Neurology and Genetics said: “There is no cure [for Down syndrome], so this is a test...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, culture of death, human life, in vitro fertilization

Why I'm a Better Person Now that I'm Catholic

04/01/2011 Comments (279)

“Why can’t you be a good person without a man in the sky telling you what to do?” I am sometimes asked by my atheist readers when I mention that Christianity has made me a better person. I understand their confusion; if I’m willing to try to be a good person now, why couldn’t I have done that when I was an atheist? What’s God got to do with it? The short answer is: Everything. Here’s why:

1. What is “good” is really clear now

One of the biggest lessons of my conversion experience was when I learned that evil always works through lies. No sane person has ever woken up in the morning and said, “I think I’ll do something despicably evil today!” The only way we ever cooperate with evil is by...READ MORE

Filed under conversion, grace, sainthood, saints

We Need to Talk to Converts About Spiritual Attack

03/30/2011 Comments (279)

Yesterday I was going through my email inbox, and I came across an old note that filled me with mixed emotions. In the From line was the name Anne Rice.

A couple of years ago, shortly after she announced her return to the Catholic Church, I sent Ms. Rice a note to say how excited I was to hear her story as a fellow former atheist. When I saw her name pop up a few hours later, I figured it must be an auto-responder. Instead, I was delighted to find a brief but warm response from the author herself, offering thanks and encouragement on my own journey. The email made my day.

As I re-read that old exchange, I thought back to those days when Ms. Rice was overflowing with excitement about her...READ MORE

Filed under anne rice, conversion, convert, converts, demons, spiritual direction

How Modern Art Led Me to God

03/28/2011 Comments (27)

There’s a controversy brewing in Tacoma, Washington because the Tacoma Art Museum may show the work of an artist named David Wojnarowicz. Specifically, they want to show a video montage he put together that was pulled by the Smithsonian because it was too offensive. The Tacoma museum’s curator responded to critics by saying, “For someone to come and have to confront this image, it’s not going to be easy but art’s not easy.”

Curious about what this non-easy art might involve, I did some searches and found a clip of the video on Youtube (it’s called Fire in My Belly by David Wojnarowicz if you’re interested, though I don’t recommend viewing it). It features images of ants crawling on a...READ MORE

Filed under art, artist, arts, arts & faith, museum

"Suddenly, I Was Surrounded by Life"

03/25/2011 Comments (23)

I recently read the powerful conversion story of The Raving Theist, formerly The Raving Atheist, who was once one of the most popular atheist bloggers in the world. (You can find his story and many others, including mine, in the new book Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion). His entire story is fascinating, but one sentence particularly struck me.

While still an atheist, he got to know some Christians through the blog world who were involved in the pro-life movement. Intrigued by their selfless dedication to others and inspired by their “gentle and reasonable” writings, he did something out of the ordinary and began volunteering at a pro-life crisis pregnancy center. He says of...READ MORE

Filed under conversion, conversion stories, convert, converts, human life, open to life, pro-life

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Jennifer Fulwiler is a writer and speaker who converted to Catholicism after a life of atheism. She's a contributor to the books The Church and New Media and Atheist to Catholic: 11 Stories of Conversion, and is writing a book based on her personal blog, She and her husband live in Austin, TX with their five young children, and were featured in the nationally televised reality show Minor Revisions. You can follow her on Twitter at @conversiondiary.