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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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<p>In truth, virtue and piety were always of prime importance to Jutta and her husband, both of noble rank. The two were set to make a pilgrimage together to the holy places in Jerusalem, but her husband died on the way. The newly widowed Jutta, after taking care to provide for her children, resolved to live in a manner utterly pleasing to God. She disposed of the costly clothes, jewels and furniture befitting one of her rank, and became a Secular Franciscan, taking on the simple garment of a religious.
</p><p>From that point her life was utterly devoted to others: caring for the sick, particularly lepers; tending to the poor, whom she visited in their hovels; helping the crippled and blind with whom she shared her own home. Many of the townspeople of Thuringia laughed at how the once-distinguished lady now spent all her time. But Jutta saw the face of God in the poor and felt honored to render whatever services she could.
</p><p>About the year 1260, not long before her death, Jutta lived near the non-Christians in eastern Germany. There she built a small hermitage and prayed unceasingly for their conversion. She has been venerated for centuries as the special patron of Prussia.</p> American Catholic Blog The confessional is not the dry-cleaner’s; it is an encounter with Jesus, with that Jesus who is waiting for us, who is waiting for us as we are.

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