Some of you may have read my vocation story in the June 4th article in the Catholic Commentator. 17 years ago, I was a New Age believer, a person who erroneously thought that he was a god. Like Adam and Eve who bought the temptation from Satan that they can be like gods, I bought the same temptation. At that time I was closer in relationship to Satan than to God the Almighty. I did not know at that time the beauty and the dignity of who I was as a baptized Catholic. Isn’t it amazing then, that God is able to transform these hands, mind, and heart which were instruments of selfishness into instrument of God’s healing and charity.
You know both Peter and Paul were men of deep flaws in the beginning. One was an uneducated fisherman who flew by the seat of his pants. Another was a real smart cookie who had an ice-cold, judgmental heart, willing to kill for what he believed. Would they have been, then, worthy of such magnificent basilicas? No. But the same God who elevated these ordinary men to sainthood is doing the same with us. This past Friday night and Saturday morning, I was in