October 23, 2018

Author - Deacon Gregory Webster

REVEREND DR. GREGORY WEBSTER is a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Francis Cardinal George in May 2014 and is assigned to St. Raphael the Archangel Parish in Old Mill Creek, Illinois. Deacon Greg holds a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Northern Illinois University, M.A. in Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary and an M.A. in Bioethics and Health Policy from Loyola University of Chicago. Deacon Greg and his wife have been married more than twenty-five years and are blessed with three beautiful daughters and two pretty cool terriers.

An Open Letter To Seekers

I am writing this letter on another anniversary of the events of 9/11. That was a day in which we saw great evil followed by acts of love, faith and charity. It occurred to me this morning how much, in a world of faith, evil can abide. The recent...

Walls in Spiritual Direction

I got a great “gift” the other day. My friend Bob, an IT guy, got lost using a GPS to where a group of us were meeting. Bob loves to razz people. So naturally, we spent the rest of the afternoon commenting on Bob’s sense of direction. It is what...

Everyday Dirt

One of my favorite weeks of the year right now is the residency week for a spiritual direction program I am in. This program requires me to travel each June to the St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, North Carolina. The 2018 week was a...

Who Do You Hang With?

Once again this week my guard was down and I was letting the world gnaw at me. I was down because I was not being looked at for a job or title I wanted. The Evil One was whispering in my ear and I was listening. I have a terrible habit of letting...

Graduation and Success

For all those families and graduates who participated in this year’s graduation season, congratulations on the achievement! Like most things, my family did not do this occasion the easy way. We had a high school graduation and a college graduation...

Missing My Mentor

One of the Gospel Canticles from the Liturgy of the Hours always makes me pause and think: “Ant. Jesus called her by name: Mary. She turned to him and said: Rabboni. Then he said to her: Do not touch me; I have not yet ascended to my Father...

Authentic Truth

Recently, our friends at Crisis Magazine (19 March 2018) published an upsetting account of a Catholic college not defending a student who was promoting Church teachings on love, marriage and family. I immediately forwarded the article to several of...

#LifeIsNormal

I was pretty proud reading an email that one of my daughters sent me complaining that her Lutheran college is holding a pro-abortion event called “#AbortionIsNormal Pop-Up Art Show” and seldom gives pro-life events an equal stage. I was just as...

Respect for the Body?

I shouldn’t be surprised by what I see on the internet each day, but a January 11, 2018 Seattle Times headline did capture my attention: “Box with Cremated Remains Found in Goodwill Store.” According to the Vancouver Police Department, “an employee...

Christmas Came Late This Year

My wife frantically mentioned to me in a moment of anxiety that “Christmas is a week away and we don’t have the tree up, the Christmas letter is not written and the manger is not outside…”  Yes, the Webster’s are running late this year. Knowing that...