Fr. Wade Menezes of the Fathers of Mercy, located in Auburn, KY, was our guest today. Father talked about growing up on a dairy farm in a devoted Catholic family. He went to college with an interest in journalism and freelanced with the Catholic Press. This began his increased interest in the Church. He says as a young man, many priests inquired with him about the possibility of a vocation as a priest. Fr. Wade says his journalism background led him to the Fathers of Mercy.

Father says he likes to stress that God has a Plan A, B or C – single, married, or consecrated life for each individual. Plan A, for each person, is being the best a person can be.

He says not to let woundedness hinder the journey to a priestly vocation. He added that each capital sin has an opposite, corresponding virtue. If suffering from sin, Fr. Wade says to focus on the opposite virtue in one’s daily life. He mentioned that vices can cloud a person discerning God’s vocations for them.

Father Wade talked about the importance of the laity to be a “bulkwark of the faith,” bringing others to the fullness of the Christian faith, and in today’s culture for everyone to be good students of the faith with a strong Marian devotion.

"When we walk without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord." -Pope Francis