February 15, 2019

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.

Why I Can’t See Heaven

I consider myself the “Job of Travel.” I am convinced that God and the Devil wait to see how much my faith can be tested each time I travel through O’Hare airport. Seriously, is there a smartphone game out there for trying to see how many bags...

Return of Romance

At the risk of giving up my “Torch of Manhood” credential, I admitted to a buddy the other day that I watch Hallmark movies. To my surprise, he said he does too. Is manhood lost in 2018? No, I propose it is making a return. Manhood loves romance...

Sometimes It’s the Bogeyman

I guess it’s the stage in life I am in, but the millennial generation really scares me. It’s our fault. We’ve fed them a steady diet of artificial sweetener and then wonder why they can’t handle the bitterness in life. Last night I was jarred awake...

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...