Martin was born the first of three children into a safe, comfortable, and prayerful family. The only real demand made of him during his adolescent years was to get straight A’s in school. In college, this high intellectual expectation and the resulting stress led him to have recourse to unhealthy outlets, and as a result, he slowly began to distance himself from anything to do with faith.
It was his idea of freedom--an escape from the demands of the Church, the demands of society, the demands of family. To a certain extent, he got what he was looking for. But what he did not expect to come with this was a lingering sense of dread and anxiety about life. He is thankful to God that these feelings stayed with him, because they unconsciously told him that something was wrong.
During this time, he met his future roommate, a non-denominational Christian who challenged him to think more seriously about questions of faith. This, along with his experience of emptiness while in college, pushed Martin along the path of searching for truth and meaning in life. After much research and interior reflection, Martin rediscovered the truth, goodness, and beauty that up to this time had always been his Catholic faith.
Since then, he has sought to echo Mary’s “Fiat,” her act of obedience which allowed for the Word to become incarnate and dwell among us. This “Fiat” has led Martin to St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, where he is discerning the possibility that God may be calling him to serve in His ministerial priesthood, and he has never felt so fulfilled and at peace with his decision. He understands now what freedom truly is--it is obedience to the will of God, the One who created him, and the One for whom he was created.