Monday, August 15, 2016

From Humdrum to Holy (Sophia Institute Press)

Why were we put on Earth? What is our purpose? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? Man has struggled with these and other questions since the beginning of time. In a nutshell, we were put on this Earth to love and serve God. Our ultimate purpose is grow closer to God. Our final destination is Heaven. We get to Heaven by being holy. So how can we be holy? Fr. Ed Broom recently wrote a book called From Humdrum to Holy, which provides a "step-by-step guide to living like a saint."

The book begins with some of the same questions asked above. Chapter Three then provides us with ten small ways to be holy. Some examples are Morning Prayer, grace before meals, Mass, and the Rosary. Chapter Five recommends a life plan. To do this, Fr. Broom recommends coming up with a yearlong theme, such as a Beatitude, Rosary mystery, or Station of the Cross. Other facets to consider with your life plan include confession, Mass frequency, and vocation consideration. Other chapters in this book focus on building good habits like daily holy hours and reading the Bible, and getting rid of vices such as envy and greed.

This book is a very practical book to start or kickstart your spiritual life. The advice in it is simple, but challenging. It provides steps that are so easy to accomplish, you will be asking yourself why you haven't been doing them all along. Conversely, when fall (and you will fall), you will be asking yourself why did I fail at such a simple thing? Try not to dwell on your failings, but let God help pick you up and learn from these mistakes. This book is appropriate and helpful for any Catholic, even if you are a super-Catholic, you still have room for improvement. I know I certainly do!

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