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Jimmy Akin was born in Texas and grew up nominally Protestant. But at age 20 he experienced a profound conversion to Christ. He planned on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, and he started an intensive study of the Bible. The thing was, the more he immersed himself in Scripture, the more he found it to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he had to become Catholic, which he did in 1992. His conversion story, “A Triumph and a Tragedy,” is published in the book Surprised By Truth.
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WASHINGTON—Nearly all of the religious men and women who professed perpetual vows in 2016 had a strong prayer life prior to entering their religious institute, according to a survey on men and women religious conducted by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. The survey results were released February 2, to coincide with the annual celebration of World Day for Consecrated Life.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations (CCLV) commissioned the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) to conduct the annual survey of the religious profession class of 2016.
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What does it mean to be holy? How does a person become holy? Today we seek holiness. Today this is done by looking at the life of Saint Anthony, Abbot. This is not Saint Anthony of Padua, the well known saint for lost objects, but a hermit from the early Church who was known for his holiness. His pathway to holiness might seem extreme to us today, as he went out into the desert for silence and solitude. He lived alone. That said, he often traveled to find others who were holy, and when successful, he sought to discover what they did to be holy. He sought to imitate their actions, their asceticism, and indeed their attitudes in his own quest for holiness. It can be quite difficult today to find silence and solitude in the midst of those duties as parents, as those who care for children and who work for a living. It can even be difficult for those engaged in full time ministry. But, finding some way to block out those things that take away from our faith is important if we are to grow closer to God and become holy. Let us ask God to help us to embrace the silence.
“Have you heard?” This question can be quite popular. It may signal some wonderful piece of big news. Sometimes, the news is gossip. Sometimes, the news is major, something tragic or happy. Whatever, this question get attention. People want to know the latest news. No one wants to be left out.
In many respects, today’s first reading is about this question. Have you heard? What big news follows this question? The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth. Wow. That’s big. Have you heard? When was the last time you asked someone this question as a faith question? Have you heard? God is the eternal God. Have you heard? God has created the world. Share your faith. Ask the question.
Most of us have friends, acquaintances, and others who may not believe. They may not know God id the Lord, the eternal God, the creator of the ends of the earth. They may not be aware that God longs to comfort, to heal, to provide rest. God longs to remove from us our burdens, and those things that make us weary. So, have you heard? God is looking for you. God wants to enter into an eternal relationship, because God is the Lord.
Anyone who belongs to a gym and exercises regularly knows that gyms will get crowded soon. People give gym memberships, or others make New Year’s resolutions. Either way, shortly after the first of the year, the gym is crowded. But soon, people begin to fade away, the initial resolutions become weak, and the commitment to get in shape is gone. Our spiritual lives can become like that too. We have some initial enthusiasm, but without commitment and discipline, we find that we do not remain engaged in growing spiritually.
And so with the start of the second week of Advent, time to get into spiritual shape. Read the bible. Pray the rosary. Seek out adoration. Find the sacrament of confession. Read a good spiritual book. Talk to others. Share your faith. C’mon! It is time for all of us to get into spiritual shape!
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