I asked this in “Ask an Apologist” but I haven’t seen it come up yet. If so, apologies.
I’m a cradle Catholic who has gone through the typical sacramental process “on schedule.”
However, at age 32, I actually grasped the core teaching of Christianity and made a commitment to Christ for the first time. Protestants would say that is being “saved” or “born again.” I’ve had a priest tell me that I had a “conversion experience.”
Whatever label you put on it, the experience was extremely positive and has put me on an unexpected spiritual journey for the past seven years.
What exactly is the catholic explanation for such an experience? I’ve checked the chatechism on conversion, but what I’ve seen has been in the context of justification. Since I was a baptised and “sacramental” Catholic, that shouldn’t describe my situation.
So … what’s the right terminology, and if possible, can someone refer me to what the chatechism says about this subject?