I grew up in a strong Catholic family, but I was a "Sunday Catholic." I went to Mass on Sunday, but the rest of the week I did what I wanted.
I loved God and I wanted to be a good person, but I was more interested in having fun than in living what I thought was a boring faith.

During high school, I had high hopes and had my whole life mapped out: I wanted to go to a prestigious college where I would have met the girl of my dreams and afterwards, have gotten a great job.
I would live in a beautiful house in the Chicago suburbs with a nice car and enough money to live comfortably.

My priorities were having fun, finding new pleasures, keeping myself in shape and having a solid reputation: but I was unhappy. I realized I had this infinite desire for love, for true fulfillment, for something real. I was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the false promises of the world.

Slowly all my plans for the future crumbled: instead of winning a running scholarship, I had several injuries; I didn't have the grades I wanted, and worse I was unable to get into my top university. I felt like all I had ever wanted until then had left me frustrated and disappointed.

I had lots of questions, but one in particular kept torturing me: What is the meaning of my life?

In the fall of my freshman year at the University of Illinois (my fallback school), I met one of the sisters of the Apostles of the Interior Life, Sr. Raffaella at the Catholic Center. She suggested a way to get an answer to my question: daily meditative prayer.
It was the first time I had heard that it was actually possible to talk with God!

Slowly I began to pray and through meditation I learned how awesome it is to personally meet Jesus. Through prayer I experienced a profound peace and an inexpressible joy that I could have never imagined before.

After an experience with the Priests of the Apostles of the Interior Life, I felt that becoming "an Apostle" was God's will.

Since I entered I have been confirmed that this road is God's plan for me.
As a Priest of the Apostles of the Interior Life, I desire nothing other than the sanctification and salvation of souls by helping others discover God's plan of holiness and happiness for their life!

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