The number three is critical in making a difference in the life of someone contemplating a vocation. When three or more people encourage someone to consider a religious vocation, he or she is five times more likely to take serious steps toward answering that call.
Being alone in considering a vocation is tough. Even having one other person giving encouragement results in a doubling of the likelihood that someone will consider a vocation.
I have been writing articles for Catholic newspapers for nearly 25 years. I've also written several books about stewardship. Earlier this year, I published my first novel, "Father Turiddu: Savior of the City," inspired by the life and ministry of an 82-year-old priest in the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Msgr. Sal Polizzi.
St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jason Motte wasn't always comfortable talking about his faith, but after being around other faith-filled players on the team he has done an about-face.
Motte's attitude is shaped by his faith. Instead of ripping up the clubhouse after a bad game, he remains calm. And when he has a good game, he knows it isn't God putting zip on his fastball. "God isn't worried about whether the Cardinals won today. All I can try to do is get the next guy out no matter what has happened before," he told sportswriter Rob Rains.
Already our nation and secular culture have signaled a desire to engage in intentional efforts that can find solutions to our immigration policies and legislation.
The public arguments and discourse found in the news and on the Internet on comprehensive immigration reform are plentiful and passionate. As with many issues, the public narratives on immigration range from sheer indifference to committed political activism. One example that highlights these shifts in perspectives is our recent national election, especially in relationship to the value of the Hispanic vote.
Our new pope's vision for the Church is especially relevant during Holy Week and Easter, the holiest days of the Church year.
A reporter from Catholic News Service has pointed out that as pastor of the universal Church, a pope must consider how his gestures, statements and decisions will be received by the widest possible audience. Pope Francis' humility and accessibility, he wrote, plainly underscore his avowed desire that the Church be close to the poorest and least powerful.