Book features reflections on Christian life
May 14, 2012
"Our lives are full of decisions," says Fr. Mark O'Keefe, OSB, a
monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey in St. Meinrad, IN. "Although we
may not often think about it, the Christian life also is a
decision, a life commitment."
Deciding to be Christian: A Daily Commitment, a new
book by Fr. Mark, is a reflection of the Christian life and the
foundation to a life following Jesus: its shape, scope, demands,
unfolding, obstacles, supports, contexts and goals.
It's easy to go through the motions of being a Christian or give
in to worldly temptations, but deciding to live a Christian life
daily will offer a deeper sense of joy in possessing something more
important and enduring.
Fr. Mark states there is a difference between being transformed
internally by Christ through baptism and actually living out that
transformation in daily life. "If we have been baptized as infants,
we must decide to embrace our new life in Christ daily," he
The book is based on Fr. Mark's observations and experience as a
pastor, teacher and his personal experiences as a Benedictine
Deciding to be Christian is offered to those who feel
ready to embrace their Christian faith or want to know what that
commitment would look like.
Published by Liguori Publications, Deciding to be
Christian is available for $12.99 at Saint Meinrad's Scholar Shop
bookstore and online at www.liguori.org and www.amazon.com.
Fr. Mark is an associate professor of moral theology at Saint
Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and the pastor of St.
Mary's Parish in Huntingburg, IN. Deciding to be Christian
is his eighth book.