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So you fell in love, now what?

Much has been written about the importance of discernment in religious and priestly vocations. People spend a lot of time praying and looking at whether God is calling them to be a priest, brother or sister. Some take years trying to decide if they have a call, and that discernment is a crucial factor. But […]

Always be ready for the end

There are certain ways to tell whether you’ve been watching too much news these days. One indicator would be sitting through a story of someone predicting that we are in the final days and approaching the end of the world as we know it. That story prompts the question: Is this truly the end of […]

Seminarian reflects on time at ‘The Beda’ in Rome

Editor’s Note: Richard Tomlinson is  a seminarian for the Diocese of Charles­ton, currently in his fourth year of priestly formation in Rome. In 2007, Bishop Robert J. Baker, now of Birmingham, Ala., decided to send me to Rome for priestly formation and to study for a doctorate in biblical theology. The seminary he chose was […]

Flush the fear from your lives

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:19-21). As you observe the […]

Discipleship means asking for help

In life, as disciples we belong to a community and are not alone in our desire to follow the ways of God. We are given the grace to have a heart ready to give thanks. And with both of these gifts, we find within ourselves a comfort in asking for help. We can confidently turn […]

Discipleship is about giving thanks

One of our greatest powers and privileges as human persons is the ability to give thanks. Each of us can turn to God, our parents, spouses, family members, friends, neighbors, and co-workers and say “thank you.” We each have this capacity to reflect on our experiences and to express our gratitude. It’s an awesome ability. […]

Living fully without fear

Life can certainly give us a few failures and disappointments. At times, these can leave bad memories and scars on our soul. We remember these events and fear repeating them, or letting them be repeated. Walls and barriers go up around our heart and obsessive caution is the rule of the day. In such an […]

Fostering our community life

At times in our lives the demands of discipleship can lead us to feel alone or awkward in the midst of our family, our group of friends, or among our co-workers. It can be a difficult experience. I think of today’s young people, who at times feel the pressure to reject or compromise their discipleship […]

Acknowledging God as Lord

Some years ago a friend asserted that God was a hindrance to his freedom and creativity. He argued, as some others do, that God is a crutch invented by humanity. He believed that we created God to give us consolation in our dark moments when we don’t want to be alone in our doubts and […]

Discipleship means following

Obedience. Deference. Authority. Docility. These are not very popular words in our society. Our culture has attached a negative connotation to each of them. Why? Each of these words, when properly understood, is a key to a deeper understanding of our discipleship. They can help us to better grasp what we are called to be […]

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