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I was neo-pagan for 14 years, converting in 2006. I was Confirmed in March 2010.
My route was mainly through the book Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. That planted the seed that the whole Christian thing may not be hooey. Also, I was much much more comfortable with the Blessed Virgin than with the male God. But as we know, Mary always points to Jesus.
So I started with thinking about Mary and becoming fascinated with the rosary. After looking at info on Medjugorje, which I had learned about in Catholic school in 1988, I looked at other apparitions, miracles, incorruptibles, etc. And the stage was set.
After awhile of just talking with Mary (in my head, when I took walks) I eventually dipped my toe into talking to Christ. But it took awhile. I was much more comfortable with Mary, as she was non-threatening to me. Maybe it was that she felt less demanding. I didn’t have to accept or reject Christ yet. I could just spend time with her.
I started reading more, listening to Christian radio, learning about the saints. And eventually said a prayer to accept Christ in 2006.
I used to be pro-choice and pro gay marriage. A change in those opinions came way, way later. Like after I was a Christian and already loved God. Those issues didn’t change for me until I had accepted pretty much every other doctrine of the faith. My hunger for the Eucharist, my love of Christ and my desire to be part of the Catholic church were what made me take a good hard look at why I supported those things. And a website with pictures of aborted fetuses.
I was and am a vegetarian (not sure if your friend is, but many neo-pagans are veg-friendly and are strong about respecting animals and the earth). A big question for me was this: why would I look at factory farming videos and not eat meat, while I refused to look at abortion pictures. If someone took chicken eggs that were a day away from hatching and threw them in a blender, I’d freak out. So I had to think about that.
Also, there was social pressure. My friends were lefties and feminists, so it was tough to change.
In short, the steps were:
Mere Christianity book
Relationship with Blessed Virgin
Fascination with Rosary
Miracles of Catholic Church
Relationship with Christ
Desire to join Catholic Church
changes in opinions on abortion, women in clergy and gay marriage (much later).
Hope that helps!