Teresa Price feels that, perhaps, the best advice she’s passed on to her son, Christopher, 23, is to let go and let God take him where he is meant to be. Such advice would be relevant to a child no matter the circumstance, but, for Christopher, recently engaged and set to graduate from West Point in May, it is especially poignant.
Celeste Warrell, 25, planned for a life as a biochemistry professor, a career that would fit in nicely with her dream of being a wife and mother. But listening to God’s call, she realized he had other plans.
I was a graduate student with a great lab and a great professor, and I was praying for a Catholic husband,” says Celeste. “But I just kept having this thought that I was meant to be Jesus’.”
As a young girl growing up in southeast Arkansas, Doris Speed took a shine to the shy boy next door. “I like that Willie Thomas,” she announced to her sisters one day. “I’m fixin’ to go over to the fence and give him a kiss.” Overhearing her boast, Doris’ mother set about immediately to change her daughter’s plan the only way she knew how – by taking a belt to her.
In 2013, Teresa Hurd lost her job, her oldest son died unexpectedly and her husband lost his ability to work. Her unswerving belief and the spiritual strength she has developed over 30 years of attending retreats have helped her through.
“At retreats, Father Larry Delaney likes to say, ‘If you want to make the Lord laugh, just tell him your plans.’ That’s a good way to describe last year for me. Whenever I’ve said: ‘Now listen, God. I’ve had enough,’ I could almost hear him laugh and say, ‘I’ll tell you when you’re done.’
Every year, about 1,000 men come to Lansing for the diocesan Men’s Conference. For many of them, it is a life-changing experience – two of them tell us about it.
Father David Reamsnyder and his congregation converted to Catholicism
Father David Reamsnyder’s faith journey began with a knock at the door. By answering that knock and accepting a simple invitation to a Bible study, Father Dave ended up a married priest for St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Hillsdale.