uncleeddy:

Dear Ernie,

I empathize with your eagerness to enter the seminary sooner rather than later; now that God has made clear his call, delay is necessarily a cross. But your reasons for finishing off college seem prudent, both naturally and supernaturally, and your spiritual director confirms…

uncleeddy:

Dear Johnny,

What a boon for my soul to read of your earnest desire to make this coming school year into a milestone of spiritual growth! I have always been of the opinion that we normally get what we really want, and most of us don’t get seriously holy because we only want the comfort of…

uncleeddy:

Dear Helene,

I detect a bit of remorse in your last note, as if you regret your coming back to the Church at such a late date. I will admit that had you been taking Christ seriously since the beginning of your college career, you (and everyone around you) would have benefited considerably,…

uncleeddy:

Dear Libby,

You always were a forward thinking girl – I will be glad to take a look at your résumé (I have plenty of free time), though I advise you to take my comments with a grain of salt, since I’m no career placement expert… By the way, I wouldn’t let concern over employment cloud the…

uncleeddy:

Dear Stephanie,

I am eagerly waiting to hear how things went during your summer missionary trip. I do so wish I could have gone with you; there is nothing I long for more than to spread the truths of Christ to souls who have never heard them. I imagine that you were a bit shocked by the…

uncleeddy:

Dear Maria,

Maybe you could start a new organization called “over-achievers anonymous”; you could be the founder, president, and CEO. Your intense preoccupation with “success” (and with making sure that everyone knows you have succeeded) would easily qualify you for it. A lot of your…

uncleeddy:

Dear Beasley,

I hope you’re ready for your senior year; it’s bound to be a roller coaster ride. Would you mind if I gave you a bit of avuncular advice? Learn to be invisible. Seriously. Invisibility will be your best ally this year. You have a bunch of high profile leadership positions,…

“Seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given you besides” (Matthew 6:33).

This quote from Scripture encapsulates the message of another new book from Fr. John Bartunek LC, Seeking First the Kingdom: 30 Meditations on How to Love God with All Your Heart, Soul, Mind, and Strength, now available. (He also recently published the book Answers: Catholic Advice for Your Spiritual Questions, featured in an article last month.)

uncleeddy:

Dear Cassie,

To be completely honest, I am glad you have decided to go through with graduate school. I have confidence that you will come to honor the noble profession of teaching by spreading a sincere love for truth among all your students. Teaching is an inherently honorable profession,…

uncleeddy:

Dear Polly,

Glad to hear that you’ll be able to squeeze in a couple weeks of vacation before going back to school. You need it, after holding down two full time jobs for the whole summer; what a pity college costs money… I just wanted to remind you to pack your Bible. Vacation means a…