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    Amazing Possibilities - Beast Advent Ever

    Where Are the Saints in Your Life?

    This year’s BEST ADVENT EVER content is drawn from Matthew Kelly’s new book: Rediscover the Saints.

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    When I set out to write Rediscover the Saints, I was incredibly intimidated. It was possibly the most difficult book I ever wrote. And the reason is because there's so many books about the saints. There's so many ways it's been approached, and as with my other books, I wanted to find a fresh way to approach it, and I really struggled with that, you know for over two years.

    So the approach that I settled on was to look at where had the saints entered into my life at different points? Why had they entered into my life? Sometimes I was aware of them. Sometimes I wasn't aware of them. Sometimes they came bearing a question. Sometimes they came bearing an answer. Sometimes they came bearing both.

    And the point I make in the book is that the saints are always swirling around us. They're always there whether we recognize them or don't recognize them, whether we're conscious of them or not unconscious about their presence. They're always there, and through our collaboration with God, through our prayer, through our spirituality increases our awareness of all things spiritual, and we begin to recognize the saints more readily in our lives and the questions they're asking us and any answers that they are bringing to us.

    My experience is that they tend to show up at unexpected times in unexpected ways and very often for unexpected reasons, but it's always an incredibly fruitful encounter if I'm open to it, if I'm aware of it, if I'm conscious.

    You know throughout the book, I don't actually talk that much about the saints. You know, I talk about, I give a lot of stories about my own life. I give a lot of stories about how the saints came into my life at different times. I give stories about, you know, the names of my children and why we chose them and what those saints mean. And I do that to show that the saints have always been there in my life.

    And one of my great hopes was that people would read the book and then go back and look at their lives, and look at where were the saints in my life. The saints are always swirling around us, and I think it's great for all of us to go back and take a look at our lives and see where the different saints intersected and entered into our lives because they have been there. They are there. They are swirling around all the time and they are great friends. They are great friends. They will tell you what's up. They'll tell you how things are just like it is, and we all need more friends like that.

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    Cuando me dispuse a escribir Redescubre a los santos, me sentí increíblemente intimidado. Fue probablemente el libro más difícil que haya escrito. Y la razón es que hay muchísimos libros sobre los santos. Este tema ha sido tratado de tantas maneras y al igual que con mis otros libros quería encontrar una nueva forma de abordarlo, y ya sabes, realmente lidié con eso por más de dos años.

    Entonces el enfoque por el cual me decidí fue dar una mirada en donde los santos habían entrado a mi vida en diferentes instancias. ¿Por qué habían entrado a mi vida? A veces era consciente de ello, otras veces no. A veces venían con una pregunta, a veces venían con una respuesta. A veces con ambas.

    Y el punto que enfatizo en el libro es que los santos están siempre circundándonos. Siempre están allí, ya sea que los reconozcamos o no, ya sea que seamos conscientes de su presencia o no. Ellos están siempre allí y mediante nuestra colaboración con Dios, mediante nuestra oración, mediante nuestra espiritualidad, nos hacemos más conscientes de todo lo espiritual y empezamos a reconocer a los santos más fácilmente en nuestra vida y las preguntas que nos hacen y cualquier respuesta que nos brinden.

    Mi experiencia es que tienden a revelarse en momentos inesperados, de maneras inesperadas y muy frecuentemente por razones inesperadas, pero siempre es un encuentro increíblemente fructífero si estoy abierto, atento y consciente.

    Sabes, a lo largo del libro no hablo mucho respecto a los santos. Sabes, relato muchas historias sobre mi propia vida, muchas historias sobre cómo los santos llegaron a mi vida en momentos distintos. Brindo historias sobre, ya sabes, los nombres de mis hijos y porqué los elegimos y lo que esos santos significan. Y lo hago para mostrar que los santos siempre han estado ahí en mi vida.

    Y una de mis grandes esperanzas era que la gente leyera mi libro y luego diera un paso atrás y mirara sus vidas, y mirara donde estaban los santos en la mía. Los santos siempre nos circundan y pienso que es bueno para todos nosotros dar un paso atrás y dar una mirada a nuestras vidas y ver en dónde los diferentes santos han cruzado nuestro camino y entrado a nuestra vida porque han estado ahí. Están ahí. Están circundándonos todo el tiempo y son grandes amigos. Te dirán lo que pasa. Te dirán la verdad respecto a lo que pasa y todos necesitamos más amigos como estos.