King’s turnaround impressed reader

Caroline V. Ritter

Thank you for printing the notice of Zachary King’s conference at St. Anthony’s in Laurel. As a new subscriber, that was the first Outlook that arrived in my mailbox. I was trained as a reporter and, while I have not worked in that capacity for some time, I really wanted to witness his story firsthand.
I knew of him from an article I read online, but I wanted to hear it personally. While I understand that as journalists, we are trained to be skeptics and we can become cynical, as well, over time. What struck me about his story is not the really shocking details of his former life as a Satanist, but the turnaround he made. I do not see demons myself, thank goodness, but I do see the devastation of addictions, suicide, and crime. To me, these are dark forces in society and they are not easy to stop. Those who have changed their lives for the better, those who recover, they are the ones I want to hear about and from. We in the media do not tend to cover them because, sometimes we may not believe they exist or the people in recovery must remain anonymous as part of their program of recovery. In my experience, having listened to a lot of people tell their stories, it is very rare that someone would go public with the confessions that Zachary King made.
I often wonder, if I were a reporter when Saul of Tarsus had his conversion on the road to Damascus, how would I report it? If I were a Jew then, would I be blinded to the story of his dramatic change or would I disbelieve he had even changed? If I were a Christian, would I not want to listen to him and be terrified of him because he had ordered the murder of Christians? How would I report on something I myself had not seen—his vision of Christ Jesus as Messiah? Whatever happened on that road, it changed history.
That was the highlight of the conference for me and what to me, was truly newsworthy: that someone could confess publicly to what he did and could tell with great clarity and specificity exactly what happened to him to make the change. He had a woman give him a Miraculous Medal who somehow knew what he had done in detail and it brought him to Christ Jesus and His Blessed Mother right then and there. I myself am convinced that he had an encounter with the Truth that day, and the love that he felt was real and life changing and a force for the good. I do believe Zachary King had a spiritual experience, a true conversion, and to me that is newsworthy. It is a pity that some have contempt prior to investigation, because that is how, as the saying goes, we remain in ignorance. I am glad I attended, as it gave me tremendous hope and peace and joy.
Caroline V. Ritter
Absarokee, Mont.

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