A Convert Remembers Her First Lent

Brenda Steele, writing at Catholic Advocate, remembers her first Lent after her conversion.

As a convert, I remember every minute of the Easter Vigil when I, too, could at long last, partake in the sacrament of the Eucharist for the very first time. If you are a convert, and you’re reading this, you know exactly what I felt, because you felt it too. After almost a year of RCIA, leaving for instruction during Sunday Mass, and having the eucharist withheld, there was an insatiable hunger to receive the body and blood of Christ.

Tomorrow begins our journey through the days of Lent as we lead up to the passion and resurrection of our Lord on Easter Sunday. Let us be mindful of His sacrifice and of our need to make this Lenten season a time of repentance, reflection, prayer, and renewal of our own baptismal vows.

I hope one day Brenda will talk further about her journey into the Church, which began in my classes in the 80s at a Southern Baptist college, Mercer University in Atlanta.



Deal W. Hudson is ​publisher and editor of The Christian Review and the host of "Church and Culture," a weekly two-hour radio show on the Ave Maria Radio Network.​ He is the former publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine.

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