I had the honor of having breakfast with Catholic author Randy Hain in January. He’s a passionate and engaging man who is truly a gift to those who meet him. I’m glad to now call him a friend.

Over coffee (it was EARLY!), we talked about many things: his story, why being Catholic is important to him and so much more. Randy is a convert to the faith who truly embodies the power of the work of the Holy Spirit in a person’s life.

Thursday night, he spoke at my parish in Atlanta about how to lead an integrated Catholic life. His book “The Catholic Briefcase: Tools for Integrating Faith and Work,” which recently released, is on this topic – it’s a great book and something I believe all young working Catholics like myself should read (even the young-at-heart Catholics should read as well!). The crowd was engaged and hanging on to every word. He challenged us to look at our lives and reflect on where we are with our faith in all parts of our lives. He listed off three things which can keep us from fully integrating our lives: Silos, time and surrender. Then he went on to encourage us to pray more! That’s definitely something I know I can work on.

Recently I decided to try become an early riser. Randy is actually one of the reasons why I am trying to get up early to make more time for God. His book has greatly influenced me and I have already experienced many fruits from his tips.

As Lent approaches (tomorrow … yikes!), this is truly something we can work on during those 46 days of fasting and sacrifice. Are you living a Christian life in every part or do you keep God in one section and leave Him out of the others? Take a moment and think about it.

To read more about Randy’s ministry and to purchase his book, be sure to visit his website The Integrated Catholic Life.