Roman Catholic Missions — February 19, 2010 at 1:04 pm

The First Conversion!

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Though many persons were ready to praise the new doctrine, none were willing to become it’s adherents until after the occurrence of an incident that brought about the first conversion. As Fernandez was speaking to a large company of people, a man edged his way to the crowd and, pretending that he was about to whisper something in the preachers ear, bent forward and spat upon his cheek. The crowd laughed at this exploit and looked to see how the foreigner would treat such an insult. With admirable self-control Fernandez, without pausing in his address or even turning to look at his assailant, quietly wiped his face with a handkerchief and went on as calmly as though nothing unusual had occurred. The spectators were greatly impressed. One prominent who had been avowed enemy of Christianity reasoned thus to himself: ” A religion that enables its followers to practice such virtue must surely be divine.”At the close of the sermon he followed Fernandez home and declared that the words and the behavior of the preacher had convinced him of the truth of Christianity. he was the first in the city to be baptized, and his example had a great influence upon others.

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