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The Many Lives of Chris Padgett View Comments
By Christopher Heffron

Chris Padgett cannot keep still. In the hour we’ve spent together, Padgett, though seated, has burned more calories than most runners can manage in a 5K. Talking with his hands, legs bouncing and eyes aglow as he speaks, Padgett, as a family member once quipped, may be the reason Ritalin was invented. But his enthusiasm is infectious. It’s also proven successful.

Padgett, 42, wears many hats. He’s a devoted family man. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for more than 20 years and are the parents of (grab a seat): Hannah, Sarah, Madeline, Noah, Kolbe, Mary, Jude, Joe and Ella.

He’s a musician who’s released nine albums as a solo artist (The Rosary Project is a recent one) and as a former member of the Christian music group Scarecrow and Tinmen.

He’s both student and teacher. Currently an adjunct professor of theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Padgett is also studying for his doctorate at the International Marian Research Institute in Dayton, Ohio.

He is a published author of Spirituality You Can Live With, Wholly Mary and coauthor (with Linda) of Not Ready for Marriage, Not Ready for Sex (all from Servant Books) and a popular speaker who’s traveled the world over.

But, foremost, Padgett is an impassioned Catholic who percolates with excitement about his faith.

“It’s easy to become cynical and lackadaisical in the faith,” Padgett says. “Bottom line: I want to be a good father, a good husband, a good friend and a good neighbor. I won’t achieve that excellence if I remain complacent.”

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Christopher Heffron is an assistant editor and social media editor of St. Anthony Messenger.

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Conversion of St. Paul: Paul’s entire life can be explained in terms of one experience—his meeting with Jesus on the road to Damascus. In an instant, he saw that all the zeal of his dynamic personality was being wasted, like the strength of a boxer swinging wildly. Perhaps he had never seen Jesus, who was only a few years older. But he had acquired a zealot’s hatred of all Jesus stood for, as he began to harass the Church: “...entering house after house and dragging out men and women, he handed them over for imprisonment” (Acts 8:3b). Now he himself was “entered,” possessed, all his energy harnessed to one goal—being a slave of Christ in the ministry of reconciliation, an instrument to help others experience the one Savior. 
<p>One sentence determined his theology: “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting” (Acts 9:5b). Jesus was mysteriously identified with people—the loving group of people Saul had been running down like criminals. Jesus, he saw, was the mysterious fulfillment of all he had been blindly pursuing. </p><p>From then on, his only work was to “present everyone perfect in Christ. For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me” (Colossians 1:28b-29). “For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and [with] much conviction” (1 Thessalonians 1:5a). </p><p>Paul’s life became a tireless proclaiming and living out of the message of the cross: Christians die baptismally to sin and are buried with Christ; they are dead to all that is sinful and unredeemed in the world. They are made into a new creation, already sharing Christ’s victory and someday to rise from the dead like him. Through this risen Christ the Father pours out the Spirit on them, making them completely new. </p><p>So Paul’s great message to the world was: You are saved entirely by God, not by anything you can do. Saving faith is the gift of total, free, personal and loving commitment to Christ, a commitment that then bears fruit in more “works” than the Law could ever contemplate.</p> American Catholic Blog If you’re confused as to why God would die for you, you either need to rethink your vision of His mercy or of your own worth.

 
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