Recently, I had the joy of accompanying five of the men in the permanent deacon formation program and their wives on a pilgrimage through Italy ending in Rome.
Recently I offered a series of homilies about living fiercely faithful, and I have taken some time in this article to reflect about how vocations to the priesthood are fostered in environments where Catholics fiercely live the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. A fiercely faithful life is based on disciplined discipleship, humility, and simplicity of life.
I finally succumbed to the weather and dug the World Youth Day-issued poncho out of my backpack. I tend to never carry an umbrella and will just run through the rain from my car to the building. Getting a little wet never hurt anyone.