No More Excuses

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 26, 2016)

1 Kings 19:16b,19-21

Psalm 16:1-2,5,7-11

Galatians 5:1,13-18

Luke 9:51-62

No. More. Excuses! That pretty much sums up today’s Gospel reading from Luke. The words we hear Jesus speak today are a direct contradiction to the way our current society acts and believes. Our society tells us that honest answers are favorable, but not really necessary. Our society tells us that it’s almost always someone else’s fault. However, Jesus tells us to…. are you ready for it…. Stop all the nonsense, stop giving excuses, take responsibility for your own actions and follow Him.

Follow me through this for a moment. To Jesus, Jerusalem is the final destination of his earthly ministry. He is to travel there for one reason… to die for our sins. Without His death on the cross, our sins are not forgiven. Without His death on the cross, death cannot be conquered. Without His death on the cross, the gates of Heaven are closed to us. He knew this and He was not going to let anything or anyone steer Him off of this course. No excuses!

With that in mind, Jesus and His disciples were traveling to Jerusalem, a predominately Jewish city. Along the way, they wanted to stop and rest in a Samaritan village. However, the people in the village knew they were going to Jerusalem and therefore they wouldn’t show them any hospitality. This was because the Samaritans were very hostile toward the Jews. So what do the Apostles James and John ask, “Hey Jesus, they don’t like us so do you want us to call down a fire bomb on them?”

This mentality is the one that always cracks me up in our “politically correct, all loving, all inclusive and all accepting society” (I was trying to pour on the sarcasm pretty thick there in case you missed it). How many times do we read about one group of people spewing hate towards another group because of their beliefs? Marriage, abortion, guns, politics. Any of these issues can get heated very quickly and, in a group setting, often ends up with someone getting punched in the face. But what does this accomplish? NOTHING!

But what does Jesus tell James and John to do to these people who don’t like them? He tells them to move on and keep their eyes toward Jerusalem. I’m not saying these “hot button” topics shouldn’t be discussed. But if the listening party only spews hate and violence back at you, it’s going to steer you off of your course so just move on. No excuses!

After passing by the Samaritan village, we next hear of two different people wanting to join the traveling party and follow Jesus. However, both of the people want it on their terms. “Hey Jesus, I’ll follow you to the end of the world…. But let me first finish this honey-do list.” Now it may sound like Jesus is being unloving when the first person is rebuked for wanting to bury his father before following Jesus. The back-story to this is that many scripture scholars believe the potential disciple’s father is probably in good health at the moment and has no plans of dying in the near future. Awkward…

When I felt called to becoming a Catholic Deacon, imagine if I would have said, “Yes, I’ll absolutely be a Deacon…. As soon as my kids are grown, I’ve paid off my student loans, paid off my mortgage and retired from my job… THEN Jesus, THEN I’ll follow you to the end of the world.”

Now… let’s get personal and down to business. I want to challenge you today by posing two questions for your consideration. Ask yourself, “Do I love God?” and “What does He want from me?” I’ve been praying on these two questions for more years than I can remember. Sometimes I think I’ve got the answers, other times the answers seem clouded.

I mean… I know I love God. But for me personally, it’s that second question I struggle with, “What does He want from me?”

It seems that more recently I’ve finally reached an answer that feels right. So, what does God want from me? To be with Him in heaven after I die. God is the source of all love. He created me and wants me to return to him after I die. I have a feeling; call me crazy, that He wants that from you as well!

God is our creator and our judge. Contrary to popular belief, His vote is the only one that matters on our judgment day. The Bible and the Church, guided by the Holy Spirit, gives us the teachings we need to follow if we call ourselves a follower of Christ. And news flash, many of these teachings are not easy. Recall last week’s Gospel reading where Jesus says, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

So if I want to spend eternity with God, I better live a life that mirrors God’s love. I better start being more faithful to the teaching of Jesus Christ. Otherwise, I’m just a hypocrite and I’ll have a lot of explaining to do on my judgment day.

What about you? Do you truly love God? Do you feel that He is calling you to follow Him more faithfully? If the answer is yes, then it’s time to cut through all of excuses and live out your faith to the fullest!





Room For Improvement

Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (November 22, 2015)

Daniel 7:13-14

Psalm 93

Rv 1:5-8

John 18:33b-37

A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out our flowerbeds at home with my wife. As I was pulling some dead flowers, out of the corner of my eye I noticed a bug fell onto the back of my hand. Then I felt the sting. I yelped and danced around like a circus clown as I cursed those little flying demons we call wasps. My left hand turned red and swelled up. It hurt and throbbed the rest of the day.

That same night, I was trying to fix a tent that had a broken fiberglass pole that was snapped in half. As I was removing the pole from the tent, it slipped and I jammed the fiberglass into my right hand. Have you ever had fiberglass lodged in your body somewhere? You can’t see most of the tiny needle-like fibers in your skin, but you can most definitely feel the jabbing pain when you move the afflicted body part.

So I had a bee sting in my left hand and fiberglass in the right hand. I am a Chiropractor, which is a profession that requires me to use my hands a lot. The next day at work, every time I worked on a patient, I was very uncomfortable. However, I had a job to do so I continued on no matter how uncomfortable it made me feel.

Another one of the hats I wear is being a Catholic Deacon. It too can be uncomfortable at times. Last month I went on a retreat with all of the Catholic Deacons in our diocese. The retreat leader, Fr. Dennis, challenged us to always preach the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it makes us. Trust me, it’s so much easier to get up here and preach, “God loves you just the way you are” vs “Hey, God loves you, but to be truthful, I think we may need to change a few things.” Isn’t this what Jesus said in today’s Gospel? Jesus Christ, our King, came into the world to “testify to the truth.” Granted…I’m not Jesus Christ, but I was ordained to preach His word and help build up His Church.

So sit back, open your minds and your hearts and please allow me to challenge you a little without anyone getting offended. Deal?

Today we celebrate the feast of Jesus Christ, King of the Universe. It reminds us to evaluate our lives and see if we are truly living a life for God or are we living a life for us. To answer this truthfully, I want us to examine our commitment to our faith and see if there’s any room for improvement.

For instance, if you only give God 1 hour a week on a Sunday but ignore Him the other 167 hours in a week… there’s room for improvement. If there’s an inch of dust on your bible at home… there’s room for improvement. If you haven’t been to confession in the last month or two… there’s room for improvement. If you only put a few bucks into the church collection basket but drop hundreds of dollars on the latest and greatest gadget on Black Friday or Amazon without a second thought… there’s room for improvement. If you’re more willing to defend your political party rather than your faith… there’s room for improvement. If the only thing you have to say about Mass is that it’s “boring”… there’s room for improvement. If you can’t remember the last time your prayed without being told… there’s room for improvement. Parents, if you put more emphasis on youth sports than on attending Mass or teaching your kids the faith… there’s room for improvement. If you’ve never told anyone about Jesus Christ or His Church… there’s major room for improvement.

Listen, I’m no angel up here and I’m not trying to make you feel bad… just a little uncomfortable perhaps. As I said, it’s my job as your Deacon to challenge you a little. The last thing I want is to get up to those pearly gates and have Jesus say I was too easy on you. I can picture it now…I approach Jesus and he gives me “the look.” You know… the “I don’t care what the vegetables taste like, they are good for you so quit whining and eat them!” So I’m here to remind you that your faith is more important than vegetables or anything else this world has to offer. So quit whining and start living out your faith better!

Finding those aspects of your spiritual life where there is room for improvement is important. Why? Because your salvation depends on it! All that you have could be over tomorrow without warning. A car crash, a heart attack or as we saw on November 13, a terrorist attack. More than 120 people left their homes that day in Paris to go out on the town and have a good time. They had no idea that would be their last night on this earth.

This may sound scary and even fearful. That is the job of terrorists… to instill fear in our hearts and give up all hope. If your faith is weak and your priorities are off, they will win. If you worship the world, they will win. But if you truly worship God, if He is the center of your universe, no amount of evil can conquer you. No amount of fear will keep you away from your ultimate destination… in Heaven… with our Father.

So I ask you… at whose throne are you going to worship? The throne of the world that promotes selfishness and is filled with false pleasures or at the throne of Christ the King which is filled with eternal love, hope and salvation?

Mahatma Gandhi said, “If all Christians acted like Christ, the whole world would be Christian.” You want to change the world? I challenge you to find the areas of your life where there’s room for improvement, no matter how uncomfortable it will make you, and live in a more Christ-like manner. I say it’s about time we put the name of Christ back in Christian.

My Heart Is Restless

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time (August 4, 2013)

Ecc 1:2; 2:21-23

Ps 90: 3-6, 12-14, 17

Col 3:1-5, 9-11

Luke 12:13-21

When I was in middle school, I developed an expensive hobby. Collecting baseball cards. I started off buying a pack or two at a time from the local grocery store when I could save up enough money. They were the cards that had the stick of pink gum that was hard as a rock, lost its flavor after about 30 seconds and made your jaws hurt. If I got duplicate cards, I would trade them with my neighborhood friends. Eventually my mom and I would go to these large conventions and walk from table to table searching for just the right card. My baseball hero was Philadelphia Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1995 and considered by most to have been the best at his position in the history of baseball. It was my goal to collect every single Mike Schmidt card, coin, button, photograph, magazine cover and figurine available. We would spend hours at the conventions looking for those really rare collectibles and act like we just won the lottery when a hidden gem was located. I ended up with a pretty large collection of Mike Schmidt stuff and got to the point when I could no longer find anything new. However, there was still one card that eluded me: His 1973 rookie card.


There were plenty out there, but I couldn’t afford one on my middle school salary. One day my mom and I were browsing the vendor’s tables at a card convention when she saw a reasonably priced Mike Schmidt rookie card. It was in good condition but was printed off-centered, which lowered its value considerably. After much debate, we purchased it for around $100 and my collection was complete. Since there was nothing more to collect, I eventually lost interest and stopped going to the baseball card conventions. 20 some years later I am now the proud owner of four very large bins of baseball memorabilia that just sit in a closet. What once consumed my life now collects dust.


I think a lot of people can relate to my story. We tend to want to collect things we don’t really need or do things that distract us from what is really important on life’s journey. Maybe instead of baseball cards, you like to accumulate electronics, tools or money. Maybe your time is overly consumed with watching TV, playing video games or gossiping. Speaking as a parent, one thing that consumes a lot of our family’s time is shuttling the kids to sporting events like practices and games. taxiSome days it’s even hard to make time for a family dinner because of juggling three different soccer schedules. It can be down right exhausting to do all of the day-to-day activities required in a 24-hour period. And yet somehow, in all of the chaos, we are supposed to find time for God….

Even as a Catholic Deacon, sometimes my prayer life struggles. It’s hard to pencil God in when I can barely catch my breath some days because of making certain deadlines and finishing projects that need my attention. This adds more stress to my life and, according to my beautiful wife, I tend to get a little grumpy when this happens. So no, wearing these vestments does not mean that I am perfect!

So here’ s my question…Why do we do it? Why do we let ourselves get overbooked and overburdened with things that aren’t leading us to God? I truly think it’s because we are trying to fill a void. Our hearts have an aching that causes us to search for that special something to fill it with. But the sad truth is that we all too often turn to worldly things to try and fill the void. In the end, these things fall short and we are left searching for the next temporary thing. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could somehow satisfy our heart’s desires with something that will never fade!


Many may not realize this but I don’t get paid to be a Catholic Deacon. I jokingly tell people that I get paid in grace and I hope God takes that into consideration on my judgment day! I do, however, get to do some really cool stuff.  Fr. Noel, Deacon Richard and I take turns doing Benediction just before midnight on Wednesdays to close out Eucharistic Adoration. About two weeks ago it was my turn. benedictionSo I got dressed up in my white alb, deacon stole and cope (that’s the thing that looks like a cape) and after certain prayers, give a blessing with the Eucharist while it’s in the monstrance. After the blessing, I take the luna (which is the glass container holding the Eucharist) out of the monstrance and slowly walk it back and place it in the tabernacle. As I’m walking back, I take our Eucharistic Lord and hold Him against my heart. When I do this, my heart starts pounding and speeds up like I just ran a marathon. It’s almost like my heart is trying to leap out of my body and be united with that of Christ who is truly present in the Eucharist. My heart innately knows that the only thing that can satisfy it completely is a mere two inches away. To quote St. Augustine, ‘my heart is restless until it rests in you.”

This is what we need to focus on. This is how we are to permanently fill the void in our heart left by original sin. Only God can fulfill our every desire. But it will take effort. It will take sacrifice. It takes studying and actively practicing your faith on a daily basis. And I know you can do it! I’ve seen the love and passion some of you parents have teaching your children sports. Can you imagine how strong of a faith your child will have if you put that same effort into teaching them our faith?

That’s the message Jesus was trying to get across in Luke’s Gospel concerning the parable of the rich man. We can accumulate all the stuff in the world, but one day, we will all die and that stuff is not coming with us. Everything in this world…our money, house, spouse, children, job, even my 1973 Mike Schmidt rookie card…EVERYTHING…can be taken away in a moment’s notice…but our faith can’t.  So focus on what matters to God. Unite your heart with His and you will find rest.

“Follow Me”

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time (June 30, 2013)

1 Kings 19:16b,19-21

Psalm 16

Gal 5:1,13-18

Luke 9:51-62.

(I gave the following homily at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, Ohio when I was visiting for a family reunion)

Good morning. My name is Deacon Brian Wentz and I am from the Diocese of Lexington, KY. I want to thank Fr. John White for allowing me to be here today to participate in this Eucharistic celebration with you. I actually have attended Mass here at St. Mary’s probably 15 or so times over the past 18 years because I am married to one of Ruth Twaits’ granddaughters. I’ve been here for happy times like family reunions and birthday parties and also for a few sad occasions like the funeral Masses of Laura Clum and Red Twaits. St. Mary’s holds a special place in my heart.

So that you know who I am, I wanted to share with you a little of my background story. First of all, I am not a cradle Catholic. I was baptized as a baby in the Lutheran church. Later, when I was still very young, my parents switched over to the Presbyterian church. I stayed there until sometime in high school when my church attendance started dropping off significantly. While still in high school and working in Columbus, Ohio I met a Catholic girl. We became close friends and I started attending Mass with her family because I enjoyed her company and thought she was pretty cute. As our relationship developed, I realized I went to Mass not to impress her anymore, but because it was becoming a part of me. I went through RCIA and came into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1999, just a few months before I married that cute Catholic girl. After college, we moved to Kentucky where I started a Chiropractic office. My wife and I got involved with the local parish, St. Andrew’s, and kept volunteering for more and more activities. There aren’t a lot of Catholics where we live and I was frequently challenged about my faith from well-meaning Protestants. This forced me to really study and learn the “why behind the what” of our rich faith.

Bishop Ronald Gainer ordaining me on June 2, 2012 at Christ The King Cathedral in Lexington, KY.

Bishop Ronald Gainer ordaining me on June 2, 2012 at Christ The King Cathedral in Lexington, KY.

One thing lead to another and before I knew it, I spent 5 years taking classes to become a Catholic Deacon. On June 2, 2012 I was ordained a Deacon at the age of 35, which is the youngest age allowed for permanent Deacons. So know hopefully you will understand me better when I say that it’s an honor to stand here before you today…and a little weird. Never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that becoming a Catholic Deacon would have been the path God had planned for me when I first attended Mass here 18 years ago as a protestant teenage boy who was just trying to spend some more time with a cute Catholic girl!

I share my story with you because I personally love hearing how God calls people to do things in their lives they never thought possible or probable. I came across one such story during my time preparing for this homily.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a German Theologian and a protestant pastor in Germany during the Nazi regime. During those days, the Nazi ideology was taking over many of the evangelical churches in Germany. They started advocating the removal of the Old Testament, forbidding “Non-Aryans” from civil service and proposed a ban on any “Non-Aryans” from becoming ministers or religious teachers. Some even went so far as to say that Jews could never become a Christian through baptism, which directly contradicts the New Testament.  Bonhoeffer opposed these ideas and, along with a few other ministers, started up a new church called the “Confessing Church” that would resist the Nazi influence.  Obviously anyone who opposed Hitler or his Nazi party was putting his or her life in serious jeopardy. But to quote Bonhoeffer himself, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.”

These are some tough words to swallow! But isn’t that the same message we hear from Jesus in today’s Gospel from Luke? Jesus knew without a doubt that his preaching would have certain consequences because he was challenging “the establishment.” He knew that trying to renew the society and cleanse it from evils would provoke resistance and violence on Him and His followers. Therefore he wanted to see how dedicated some of His disciples were and to also see if they understood the path He was calling them to follow.  So Jesus says two simple words to one of them…“Follow me.” The response we hear is an excuse. “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” I used to think Jesus was being unfair when he rebukes the disciple by saying, “Let the dead bury the dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” However, it is believed by many Scripture scholars that the disciple’s father was nowhere near the point of death. So in a sense, the disciple was really saying, “I believe in you Jesus and will follow you. But I can’t do it for quite awhile so go ahead and I’ll catch up. First I have to mow the lawn, then there’s the church picnic next month, oh yea, plus I can’t forget that big vacation I’ve been saving for that is in two years.” Christ is not asking us to take the easy way out. He’s not calling us to be a lazy Christian. He’s calling us to follow Him right now, no matter the cost. He’s calling us to be ready to lay down our lives for Him if necessary right now.


But let’s face it…having a strong faith in our modern society is not something that is encouraged by the majority of people. If you have a strong faith, and worse yet stick up for your beliefs, you are often labeled as a “fanatic,” “old-fashioned” or “intolerant.” I’ve personally been told once that I drank too much of the “church Kool-Aid” after explaining the beautiful teaching from Blessed John Paul II concerning married love and how it relates to Natural Family Planning. Our Catholic faith is mis-understood by millions and, unfortunately, only half-heartedly practiced by many of our own. A friend of mine was with the Bishop of Lexington when he was addressing a RCIA class. He told them that if they stayed with the classes and ended up officially joining the Catholic Church to NOT be luke-warm Catholics because “we already have enough of them.”  OUCH!

Jesus came to earth to save us from our sins and give us a chance at heaven. His teachings are often challenging but following them will lead us to the ultimate reward that is far better than anything here on earth. Therefore, He is asking us to get off the fence and be on fire for our faith. We are to LIVE OUT the Gospel, not just sit back and read it in the comfort of our homes. This can at times take great sacrifice and effort on our part. Please don’t be afraid to bravely and lovingly stand up for your faith even if this leads you down a path that appears scary.


Dietrich Bonhoeffer was brave and stood up for his beliefs against an evil Nazi regime. He wasn’t afraid to stand up and say NO to the injustices happening around him. He decided to get off the fence and put his faith into action! In the end, because of his beliefs, he literally lived out his famous quote, “When Christ calls a man, he bids him come and die.” Bonhoeffer was arrested and put in the Flossenburg concentration camp. On April 9, 1945, at the age of 39, he was executed by hanging by Nazi soldiers. This happened just two weeks before the 90th and 97th Infantry Divisions from the United States liberated the camp.

Remember, Christ doesn’t want us to take the easy way out. He wants us to trust in Him. Obviously not all of us will die a martyrs’ death or have to give up everything to follow Jesus. But we all have to die to our old selves, our old egos and our sinful ways. Dying is not an easy or painless process, but we are all required to do it if we are to be a new creation in Christ! So when Christ calls you, will you give Him excuses or will you follow Him no matter the cost? In the words of Pope Francis, “Ask Jesus what he wants from you and be brave!”

Pope Francis

He May Be Calling You Next

5th Sunday Ordinary Time (Feb 10, 2013)

Is 6:1-2a, 3-8

Ps 138

1 Cor 15:1-11

Lk 5:1-11

God calls sinners to do His work. For example, look at the three men mentioned in today’s readings: Isaiah shakes in fear because he has seen the Lord with his own eyes but admits he is a man of unclean lips. Paul was one of the fiercest persecutors of Christians. Peter, a self-professed sinner, begs his Lord to depart from him due to his unworthiness. What is God’s response? He purifies Isaiah’s lips with hot coal, humbles Paul by knocking him off his high horse turning him into one of the greatest promoters of Christianity and tells Peter to not be afraid. That is because God knows our true potential better than we do. He calls us sinners to a conversion experience and then sends us out to do His work without accepting our excuses.

I recently had the honor and joy to lead a group of 18 from St. Andrew’s to March For Life in Washington, DC this past January.

Our group from St. Andrew Catholic Church

Our group from St. Andrew Catholic Church

March For Life has been held every year since the Supreme Court legalized abortion in the United States 40 years ago. It is the largest gathering of it’s kind in the entire world where people come together to show their support for the Gospel of Life. Not even snow flurries or 28-degree weather was able to keep us away. It was an experience that has forever changed my life. The odd thing was that the entire time I was on the trip, I couldn’t help think to myself, “how in the world did I end up here considering my past…considering my excuses!”

You see…just like Isaiah, Paul and Peter, God calls each one of us to greatness. I’m not talking about greatness in terms you may think of…money, fame or having the newest iPhone. I’m talking about hearing God’s call and following it no matter where it leads us.

I wasn’t raised Catholic. I was baptized in a Lutheran church as an infant and then eventually attended a Presbyterian church throughout my youth. At some point in high school my Sunday church attendance was, well, let’s just say spotty at best. God was not very important in my life and I rarely spoke of Him or to Him. My parents did a great job raising me, but I put more faith in the information I learned in the school locker room, which allowed me to make my share of dumb decisions. After all, at that time in my life my parents didn’t know anything. I had all the answers! Never in those days would I have ever imagined saying yes to God calling me to the Catholic Church and eventually saying yes to being ordained a Catholic Deacon and working in youth ministry.

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Deacon John (left) and myself at the Vigil Mass

As a Catholic Deacon, God calls me to speak the truth and live out the Gospel at all times. I’m a servant of His Church and am bound to profess ALL that the Catholic Church teaches. Some would say this is a burden, but I say it is freeing! God already made the laws, He already told us what is good and bad, but He leaves it up to us to decide which path to follow. I now know my path because I follow the teachings of the Church the best I can. I am still a sinner, but now when I fall, I get back up, march into the confessional and try to start over. That is the greatness that God is calling each and every one of us to achieve. Choosing to follow the good in life, and be willing to admit when we are wrong. Want to know a secret?? God doesn’t call perfect people to spread His Gospel. He calls sinners and in the process turns them into saints!

It didn’t take much to hear God’s call or feel His presence at March For Life. Being there made me appreciate how beautiful life and our Catholic faith truly is. It’s humbling to see people marching around carrying signs that read, “Conceived from rape…I love my life!” or “I regret my abortion!” or “I regret lost fatherhood!Youth n23My favorite slogan was on a sweatshirt. It read, “I survived Death Roe but 55 million didn’t” with a picture of a baby. In this instance the “Roe” from “Death Roe” is referring to the 1973 court case Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion in our country. I was born in 1977, which means my mother had the legal right to end my life by abortion but thankfully choose life. I’m part of the 75%. One fourth of pregnancies today end in abortion, which means 25% of my generation never saw life outside the womb. I’m one of the lucky ones.

This is not about Democrats, Republicans or Independents. This is more than politics or even religion; it’s about human rights! We live in a country that at one point in time allowed slavery, treated foreigners like trash, locked up the mentally challenged and disabled, turned the other way when it came to spousal abuse or child abuse and thought the color of your skin determined your value. Today, these things are NOT tolerated in any situation! That’s because it took brave people like Blessed Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King, Jr. to stand up and so NO!


Now it’s our turn! It’s our turn to be the voice for the unborn! This is the legacy my generation is being called to witness to. This is the message of March For Life. We need to stand up and say NO to the culture of death! In the words of Cardinal Sean O’Malley, we need to “stop thinking that abortion is a necessary evil, and realize it’s just plain evil.” If we can’t get this one right, we don’t stand a chance against other evils like pornography, human trafficking or euthanasia to name just a few!

But here’s the good news…the tides are changing! Right now, more young Americans identify themselves as pro-life than ever before.  That was the joy that brought tears to my eyes on more than one occasion during our pilgrimage to March For Life. Seeing all of the young people coming together in such great numbers. 13,000 people attended the Vigil Mass at the great Basilica in Washington, DC together with 1,000 clergy and seminarians….

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6,000 attended the Youth Mass and Rally at George Mason University, which was only one of several locations hosting a Youth Mass and Rally….

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650,000 people came together to march on the streets in support of life during that cold January day….

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The majority of these people were young adults!

God is calling each and every one of us to greatness. Right at this very second, God is looking down from His thrown in heaven asking, “Whom shall I send? Who will I call to be the next disciple to promote My Gospel of Life?” BE NOT AFRAID…He’s not looking at your past or your worthiness; He’s looking at your potential! So be ready…He may be calling YOU next!