January 19, 2022
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The Mysterious Realm of God’s Calling

Modern technology has developed amazing and, alas, at times also unsettling ways of identifying individuals by whatever is unique to each one, such as fingerprints, eye pupils and facial traits. However, when it comes to Baptism, there is no outward...

Today is Our Chance to Respond to God’s Call

Once there was a highly-respected company with an opening in its sales team, and when it advertised the position, there were more than a thousand applicants. Of the many letters and resumes, one stood out. It said: “I am presently selling furniture...

Advent: A Time of Awareness

Our Gospel passage (Mark 13:33-37) for this First Sunday of Advent reminds me of my dad and his job as cabinetmaker. In his capacity as senior cabinetmaker, once a month or so, he would travel to a faraway lumberyard where he would select boards of...

Who is Jesus Christ—for Me?

Obviously, upon hearing our Gospel passage (Mt 16:13-20) for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, we could stress Jesus’ solemn promise to be always with Peter and his successors, the Popes, throughout the history of the Church. However...

Tough Times Ahead

I am not looking forward to the post “coronavirus times” as the difficult decisions we are making now are sowing the seeds for some very difficult times after we survive this virus. Most Americans today do not remember the Depression of the...

Our Highest Call

Saint Pope John Paul wrote that “the paths to holiness are personal and call for a genuine ‘training in holiness,’ adapted to people’s needs. This training must integrate the resources offered to everyone with both the traditional forms of...

We are Blessed, Called, and Sent

A month following my ordination, I was in Chicago and had completed a day of meetings. Having boarded at Union Station, the train began to roll into its six-hour journey back to Michigan. After a couple of hours on the rails, however, I noticed that...

The Lord is Calling

When I was in my mid twenties, I worked in the engineering department of a large company. While I was working there, I became friends with a fellow employee, a young man. This man, in my opinion, was the consummate bachelor. He was good looking...