in the light of faith

IN LIGHT OF FAITH | The life-changing power of joy

When you're in your 20s and 30s, you often feel invincible — like there's so much time to make mistakes because you'll fix them tomorrow. It's easy to boast that this is the time to do whatever you want.

But then something happens. Maybe you lose your job or your longtime friend stops returning your texts. Or, maybe you learn at age 35 that you have breast cancer — which is what happened to me.

IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Discernment begins in the everyday

The cold invigorated us as my friend and I walked through campus after an evening Mass. The first snow had fallen a few days before, and the remnants glistened in the night sky. We were college seniors, engaging in another round of What-We-Should-Do-With-Our-Lives.

Conversation touched on our friends: Would she go to med school? Will he become a priest? Are they going to get married? We were hopeful, as we discussed the shape of our futures. I would move home, work a boring job and write.

IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Vocational discernment and anxiety

"The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform (our choices), in the light of faith into steps toward the fullness of joy to which everyone is called." These words from the introduction to the Vatican preparatory document for the upcoming synod on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" reiterate Pope Francis' call to our Church today: to live the joy of the Gospel.

IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Credible witnesses — like Blessed Solanus Casey — inspire holiness

Pope Francis stated in the preparatory document for the upcoming synod on "young people, faith and vocational discernment" that we need to see credible witnesses in order to be inspired to be holy.

Blessed Father Solanus Casey was an ordinary man who lived an extraordinary life. He was beatified Nov. 18 in Detroit. The beatification Mass perfectly reflected this ordinary man who truly lived an extraordinary life.

While some people may not have heard of Father Solanus prior to this weekend, I was raised with a devotion to him. Prayers to Blessed Solanus were commonplace in my family.

IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Keeping cradle Catholics in the church

In his book "The Four Loves," C.S. Lewis wrote, "The typical expression of opening friendship would be something like, 'What? You too? I thought I was the only one.'"

This seems to be the reason that a good number of my friends are Catholic converts. I have spent the better part of my adult life trying to communicate the Church's teachings in various professions. The Gospel is good and always worth sharing.

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