I am a cradle Catholic, born to good parents who provided everything I needed to grow in my faith. Despite their efforts, as a teenager I began to doubt. Then, at the beginning of my senior year in high school, I experienced a profound encounter with Jesus at a prayer meeting. My life changed radically, and I began to tell family and friends that my goal was to become a saint.
After about six years in the seminary, which I entered right after graduating, I felt that God might be calling me to marriage. I left and then joined a committed group of Christians who met regularly for prayer, fellowship, and service. There I met my future wife, Marie. Together, we struck out on our journey to make Jesus number one in our lives.
Yearning for More. The desire to become a saint kept burning in my heart, and I did all I could to pursue it. I had a substantial daily prayer time, meditated on the Scriptures faithfully, and attended Mass every Sunday and many weekdays. I served in my parish. I prayerfully reviewed each day, repenting of sin and seeking to abandon myself to the will of Christ. Living out my commitments to my wife and growing family…
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