In line with what I wrote earlier about the need to escape the “tyranny of time,” the Catholic Sentinel has a beautiful story about two men – a Silicon Valley executive and an electrial engineer – who left their successful careers to become Carmelite friars. An excerpt:
Brother Kissner, to be called Brother Mark of of the Most Precious Blood, was a 30-year-old electrical engineer working in San Diego when he joined his parish’s group for young adults. He learned more about his faith and dated, hoping to be married and raise a family.
“Over time, through prayer and study, I grew more and more in love with Jesus Christ and His Church,” Brother Kissner writes in an e-mail interview. “I had also been influenced by several holy religious priests and nuns over those years. At some point during this period of deepening my faith, the idea of becoming a religious priest entered my mind.”
He struggled with the idea for years, because his vision for himself had always been as a husband and a father. But the more he tried to put the idea of religious life out of his mind, the worse he felt. He describes his decision to truly consider the life as “a surrender” that yielded much peace.
“God made the path to enter the Carmelites fairly easy after that,” writes Brother Kissner, a 42-year-old native of Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of Purdue University.
Men such as Brother Kissner and Brother Silva are the backbone of the Church – let’s pray that God raises up more men and women willing to give up the rat race for a life of prayer.