Mine Know Me

An Examination of Authentic Christian Discipleship

by Edward Kleinguetl

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Mine Know Me

An Examination of Authentic Christian Discipleship

by Edward Kleinguetl

Published Sep 27, 2021
120 Pages
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Living / Spiritual Growth



 

Book Details

“I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep ... I know mine and mine know me.” (John 10:11, 14)

The world is on fire. People seem to have forgotten God. Yet, are we happier without God? Evidence suggests an answer: increased cynicism, hopelessness, despondency, despair, burnout, and depression. We find ourselves chasing after the world, jumping on a veritable treadmill of dissatisfaction—seeking, finding, casting away, seeking again—always coming up empty. Churches are emptying and prescriptions for anti-depressants are increasing. Love of neighbor has given way to love of self. Me, me, me ... I myself. The further we find ourselves from God, the more ravenous wolves hem us in. This is not the life God wants for us.

Jesus is the good shepherd who came so that we might have life and have it more abundantly. He tells us that his sheep hear his voice and follow him. Are we listening? Or are we seduced by the noise of the world.

Today, spiritual dryness has created a tinderbox, ever at risk of erupting into destructive flames. Consciously or unconsciously, we need God—the living waters of salvation. The greatest challenge is to abandon the broad, comfortable thoroughfare of sin and return to God with humility and repentance. God loves us and sent his Incarnate Son to lead us back to him. Jesus is the gate and only he can fulfill the desires of every human heart. Let us take time to listen to the voice of Jesus.

 

About the Author

Edward Kleinguetl

Edward Kleinguetl is a deacon in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and served the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh (Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic). Deacon Ed has been extensively involved in parish missions and retreats for varying age groups, both in the United States and China. He has written extensively on Eastern Christian spirituality including works on the Jesus Prayer and theosis. In connection with his interests on these topics, he has been on pilgrimage to St. Antony's monastery in Egypt (twice, Egyptian monasteries in the Wadi al Natrun, Mt. Athos in Greece, and monasteries in Romania. Ed holds a BSBA from The Ohio State University, a Diploma in Pastoral Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, and a MA in Spirituality from Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies. He was ordained to the diaconate on February 3, 2007 by His Eminence Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston. In secular life, Ed is a partner with Grant Thornton, LLP, working in Transaction Advisory Services.

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