Ordinarily, when we speak of changing our mind, we think of altering a decision we have made or an opinion we hold. Changing opinions or decisions, however, are often just signs of how restless and insecure the mind is. To hide this weakness and appear ‘strong-minded’ we can also stubbornly refuse to change a position we have taken. For this reason, the Russian leadership is frightened of changing its mind about its assault on Ukraine. Metanoia is different. Letting our minds be remade means more than changing mental positions or opinions. It is seeing the world bathed in the sunlight of God. Sometimes blindingly, as St Paul did in his conversion experience.
( WCCM Newsletter, February 2023 by Laurence Freeman OSB )