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One Day in the convent, Celeste's life as a postulant

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’.”

After prison, Doris gained a new life and a new faith

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.  

Teresa's most important gift to herself for 30 years, A Women's Retreat

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.’

Why should we pray to saints? Shouldn’t we go directly to God?

Dear Father Joe: My friends who are not Catholic say we should only pray to God and that praying to saints is idolatry. Why should we pray to saints?

This is a great question and can really lead us to some good ideas, so let’s get right to it!

First, let’s be clear about something – when we pray to saints, we are not offering them the worship due to God. We are asking the saints to pray to God for us.

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