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It’s That Time Again: The Detroit Ministry Weekend

RGV0cm9pdCB3ZWVrZW5kIDI= A sure sign that autumn is fast approaching, it’s once again time to begin planning for the annual Detroit Ministry Weekend. This annual event, always a favorite of candidates and inquierers, is one of the cornerstones of the Vocation Office’s yearly array of programs. Scheduled this year for Friday October 23rd to Sunday October25th, attendees will get to visit many of our ministry sites throughout the city of Detroit and its suburbs. The weekend begins on Friday evening with a tour of the Father Solanus Casey Center, a popular pilgramage site dedicated to the spiritual...

Hanging On and Staying In

Screen shot 2015-08-25 at 4.14.21 pm St. Louis IX, OFS John 6:60-69 The stock market these days is not for the faint of heart.  The past week has seen huge losses in the global financial markets, led by China, where a combination of lower economic growth and speculative investing fueled by borrowed money has created a level of volatility that is more pronounced than older and more sophisticated markets like those of the U.S. and Britain.  Still, when the opening bell on Wall Street rang on Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged more than 1000 points before “recovering” somewhat to a...

The Price of Living in “a Man’s World”

Screen shot 2015-08-20 at 2.53.02 pm St. Bernard of Clairveaux Judges 11:29-39a The Bible is rich though complex and sometimes confounding collection of books.  Even though the Church invites us to read and reflect upon it with critical eyes as well as open and faithful hearts, there are passages that, despite our best efforts, are still hard to grasp and even disturbing. Today’s first reading is such a passage…at least to me.  Jephthah vows to God that if the LORD grants him and his fellow Israelites victory over their Ammonite enemies, then Jephthah will offer as a human sacrifice...

What We Remember…and Forget

Screen shot 2015-08-18 at 7.14.53 am St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr Joshua 24:1-13   When Joshua gathered the people of Israel together and spoke the word that God had given him, he issued to them a call to remember where they had been, where they had arrived, and the One who had seen them through it all.  After recounting the divine promises and presence with the patriarchs as well as their descendants' experiences of the Exodus and coming into the Promised Land, God said: "I gave you a land that you had not tilled and cities that you had not built, to dwell in;...