5 Books That Turned This Protestant Missionary into a Franciscan Friar

Whether we have been Catholic our whole lives or are just now considering the Faith, we are all on a spiritual journey toward conversion. God never intended that we journey alone, and he offers us companionship and assistance through the Saints, the Scriptures, and other means of communicating his love and his plan.

Today, Br. Lawrence joins Fr. Mark-Mary in sharing five works that directed him towards converting to the Catholic Faith. From a novel he read in high school to letters he discovered in RCIA, Br. Lawrence shares how God speaks to us through different modes when we need to hear him. These encounters lead us to better understand the areas we might falter, including Eucharistic devotion, early Christian narratives, Catholic doctrine, and what it means to have a personal relationship with God.

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Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.