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I had the pleasure of reading “From Humdrum to Holy” by Father Ed Broom, OMV from Sophia Press. The subtitle is “A step-by-step guide to living like a saint.” While it misses on that promise, it does deliver an excellent introduction to the many ways of becoming a saint.
Father Broom is a member of the Oblates of the Virgin Mary (OMV). His order is dedicated to giving the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola, promoting Marian devotion and consecration, and promoting God’s infinite Mercy to the sacrament of confession. I was not familiar with OMV prior to this book. It amazes me how God called so many orders not to compete with each other but to build the Kingdom in unique ways.
The 110 pages of this book are packed with introductions to our faith and how to live according to the Gospel following examples of the saints.
Because of OMV’s focus, this book begins with an introduction to what Jesus gave us to the church to help us living a worthy life. There is a little too much focus on Mary for my spirituality but that is where he is and his order.
He then moves on to how to live the life of a saint in simple terms. In language any lay Catholic adult can understand, he makes clear that if we want to enter Heaven, we must live as a saint. That is a truth that has been lost over the last couple of generations.
From there, he introduces the basics of Ignatian spirituality, such as becoming aware of the movement of the spirit in our lives. He then spends the rest of the book touching on all the major points of a Catholic-Christian life and how we can live those elements as the saints did. This includes practical suggestions on prayer, growing in virtue, and the importance of scripture study.
I particularly enjoyed chapter 5 “Make a Plan of Life.” It gives concrete suggestions on creating a spiritual plan. We can’t do anything well without goals and a plan, including becoming a saint. This chapter outlines suggestions for such plan
The good people at Sophia Institute Press gave me a copy of chapter 5 to make available for you to get a flavor of this excellent book. Click here for that sample.
If your walk with the Lord is not what you want or you know there could be more, moving “From Humdrum to Holy” could be a good spark to get you started.
This would be a good book for a study group because he provides just enough of an introduction to start a conversation.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book to anyone who would like to become a saint, which of course is the goal of any serious Christian.