Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

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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 writes.

The book is based on Fr. Mark's observations and experience as a pastor, teacher and his personal experiences as a Benedictine monk.

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 and

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.