“Faith and reason are like two wings on which
the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.” --
Pope John Paul II Fides et Ratio
Adél Len has
taken these words of our late pope to heart
in her life. This Regnum Christi consecrated woman recently
received her PhD in nuclear chemistry, and intends to use
her gifts to witness to God’s truth.
her doctoral thesis on the “tungsten wires studied by
small angle neutron scattering” at the Faculty of Chemistry
at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, and received her doctoral
degree early in 2011.
She is currently assigned to
the Formation Center of Cerro del Coto, Madrid, studying Religious
Sciences and Education.
In 2000, Adél worked at
the Institute of Solid State Physics and Optics in Budapest
(Hungary). She started her PhD studies in 2001.
got involved in many interesting and exciting projects in
the research institute, such as investigation on hydrated cements,
starch solutions, marbles of archeometrical interest, neutron optical issues
etc.,” she said.
A Spiritual Turn of Events
During the course of
her studies, Adél “providentially” would attend her first spiritual
exercises. “Afterwards, I was thinking that God is
asking me for something more than I have been giving.”
completing her studies, the nuclear physicist would take a
detour to pursue a religious vocation. She would become
a Regnum Christi consecrated on September 14, 2008.
she never thought about becoming consecrated early in her
life. “Now I see that God was guiding me during
my whole life towards an encounter with Him.
little God was, and is, explaining to me why
He called me to be a scientist and why He
wanted me to spend many years in the world
before becoming consecrated. He is making me understand that
everything is included in His plans.”
Adél first wanted to
be a chemistry and physics teacher. “I consider myself
a physicist more than chemist,” she clarifies. “I like
mathematics, physics and chemistry. My way of understanding, thinking
and learning is quite logical, and I thought that
this could help others be able to understand the things
that I did do.”
|Adél Len’s Graduate Degree Ceremony at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest |
“After obtaining my degree, I
was offered a PhD fellowship and I thought I couldn’t
lose the opportunity,” she said.
But all that followed,
she said was providential.
Deepest Desires are Revealed
“I would eventually
discern that I desired something eternal, and that was
the beginning,” she said. “And at this point, the
will of God and my deepest desire met. This
desire in the very depth of my heart was put
there by God and it could be fulfilled only
After becoming consecrated, she discerned it was
God’s will that she continue to pursue her scientific
studies. “I was learning to live the consecrated life, learning
how could I give my entire life to God,
how can I serve those whom He had put in
my way, but now as a consecrated. I put
everything in His hands, wanting to do totally His
will, letting Him choose for me.
“Being a consecrated,
it is even more fascinating to work with physicists. The
world of science in itself is very interesting and
attracts me, but being a scientist is also a
whole world in itself. I got to know both worlds,
and I wish to have the possibility to help
those whom committed themselves to find the truth.”
her first year of consecrated life in Budapest, continuing
her scientific work. Now she has a different perspective on
her academic study. She explains her realization that
modern man “puts his confidence in technical development and
thinks that it will provide him the happiness.”
“I believe there is a need for authentic
testimonies that show to the world that development and
technical achievements are not an alternative to happiness, but serve
as a guide for man to it,” she said.
|Adél with the consecrated team in Hungary.|
“I want to help the ‘man’ of our time
to find God,” she said simply.
Adél now sees
how scientific discoveries show “God is present in the
highness of the universe, and also in the tiny parts
of the atomic nucleus.”
She is extremely grateful
to the Blessed Virgin who was always “accompanying” her during
these past years, and to all who helped her
follow her path: her family, her companions from the
research institute and, of course, the RC Movement, for
everything she has received in her life.
“They motivated me
and helped me with their presence, interest and charity,”
Above all, she is grateful she discovered God’s
call to a “higher” science.
“My experience in the experimental
physics is also very useful in the maintenance of a
house of 40 consecrated,” she said.