it grows from first light to the full splendor of day.
So that in all things we may grow into Christ who is our Head.
Office of Readings, February 9th
This April marks the tenth anniversary of my sudden and unexpected conversion. Deo gratias, what a blessing! The last ten years have been the happiest and most fulfilling of my life. They haven't been smooth sailing, and I have very little to show for these years in terms of a career or impressive projects, but I have stayed close to Jesus and have enjoyed the blessings of family and friends.
In the spirit of the early (and more edifying) days of Catholic blogs, I thought I would offer the dreaded Top Ten List of the most important things I've learned (and re-learned and re-learned) in that time.
1. It's Not About You
2. Become A Living Sacrifice
3. We Are The Obstacles To Grace
4. God's Plan For You Is Probably Not Your Plan
The apostolate also seemed a bad fit because I'm someone who prefers to be detached and alone with my thoughts. I always jogged and hiked alone. I spent more than a decade in quiet with my nose in philosophy and literature. But what was God's plan? To toss me out onto the streets and into all kinds of face-to-face encounters with complete strangers! And it's worked. It's a testament to God's all-knowing providence, to his transformative grace, and a rebuke to demons who only see our faults and weaknesses.