Proving Existence

Facts of Life

National Public Radio’s reported Jan. 9 about the remarkable story of Martin Pistorius, who fell into a mysterious coma as a boy — and woke up 12 years later. He recalled how he was aware of everything:

“Yes, I was there, not from the very beginning, but about two years into my vegetative state, I began to wake up,” said Pistorius, who is now 39 and married.

“I was aware of everything, just like any normal person. Everyone was so used to me not being there that they didn’t notice when I began to be present again,” said Pistorius, who published a memoir called Ghost Boy: My Escape From a Life Locked Inside My Own Body.

“Eventually, Martin found a way to reframe even the ugliest thoughts that haunted him,” NPR reported.

“And slowly, as his mind felt better, something else happened — his body began to get better, too. It involved inexplicable neurological developments and a painstaking battle to prove that he existed.”

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito says of discerning one’s college choice, ‘There has to be something that tugs at you and makes you want to investigate it further. And then the personal encounter comes in the form of a visit or a chat with a student or alumnus who communicates with the same enthusiasm or energy about the place. And then that love of a place can be a seed which germinates in your own heart through prayer.’

Choose a College With a Discerning Mind and Heart

Cistercian Father Thomas Esposito, assistant professor of theology at the University of Dallas (UD) and subprior (and former vocations director) of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Dallas, drew from his experience as both a student and now monastic religious to help those discerning understand the parallels between religious and college discernment.