One thing most loving parents say to their kids at one time or another is, “Honey, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up!” I used to think this was a wonderfully affirming statement—until I became Catholic. I was married … Continue readingNo, Son, You CAN’T Be Whatever You Want
We often associate the term “vocation” with our priests or those discerning a call to the priesthood. What we often overlook is that we all have a vocation. Two actually! Yes, I said two. Primarily, we are all called to a life of holiness. That … Continue readingFostering a Culture of Vocations in 5 Easy Steps
As parents, we have heard the conversation a thousand times. Our little ones talk about what they want to be when they grow up. We usually hear ‘teacher, doctor, animal helper, mommy, ..’ and other similar choices. It often changes and day by day they … Continue readingA Doctor, Teacher…or Sister?
On the eve of the Feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs, a story of Vietnam seemed appropriate. About half-way up the Eastern coast of Vietnam, just north of Da Nang, lies the mountain pass of Hai Van—featuring spectacular views of Da Nang Bay and the South … Continue readingVietnam, Lepers and Vocations
Every few years, the Holy Father names a Year of Something – a Year of the Eucharist, a Year for Priests. This follows the Biblical custom of years of jubilee, calling a “year of favor of the Lord.” (Is 61:2, Lk 4:19) On October 11, … Continue readingWhen I Say “I Believe”