The Rev. Justin Hoye, St. Patrick Catholic Church, Kansas City: Twenty years ago this summer at an academic camp, I was asked to list all the things I wanted to do in life. At the top of my list: to be a father.
The Rev. Roger Coleman, Pilgrim Chapel: For those of us who come to faith not through study of holy writ or acceptance of revered traditions but by reflection on everyday experiences, the story of Balaam and his donkey offers a confusing hodgepodge of incidents.
Armed with a bottle of water and a baseball cap, Father Richard Estrada made his way slowly to the border in the scorching heat. After a half-hour of hiking up a steep dirt trail, he reached the massive steel fence and bowed his head to pray for the immigrants who dreamed of passing it.
Elder Donald D. Deshler, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: I have witnessed the power of prayer repeatedly throughout my life. There is no doubt, whatsoever, that God hears and answers our prayers.
CHICAGO – When North Side Lakeview neighborhood youths Ariana Handelman and Marc Luban have their bat and bar mitzvahs this fall and turn 13, they won’t celebrate with an extravagant party at a hotel or country club.