PODCAST | Time Is Short

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In this podcast, Fr. Peter Armenio reflects on the fact that “we’re not called to make it [to Heaven] by the skin of our teeth.” We are called to make use of all of our time on earth to become saints. But, as St. Josemaria Escriva said, “Time is short, too short to love!” Therefore, Our Lord wants us always to have an overarching goal, which is holiness.

This doesn’t mean that we don’t have other interests, explains Fr. Peter, or that we must become indifferent to everything else. What it does mean is that we are called to make this phrase our mission statement: “I’m going to put the love of Christ into everything I do.”

Rather than fearing the judgment of God at the end of our lives, Fr. Peter counsels us to be afraid of not having loved enough. “The meaning of human life, and especially Christian life,” he says, “is to fill [our] day with deeds of love.” And, in this way, to become saints.

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Rev. Peter Armenio Rev. Peter Armenio

Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and is currently a chaplain at The Willows Academy (Des Plaines, IL). He also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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