The Word Among Us

Advent 2023 Issue

I Have Called You by Name

Young People Can Hear God’s Voice

By: Fr. Cedric Pisegna, CP

I Have Called You by Name: Young People Can Hear God’s Voice by Fr. Cedric Pisegna, CP

The popular television program The Voice is a musical competition series tracing the search for the next superstar singer. It showcases compelling talent from around the US as it narrows down the field to one shining star. Part of the allure of such programs is the excitement viewers feel as they are introduced to these new voices. I want to write about another voice—one that brings excitement but also comfort, direction, and purpose. It is the voice of God.

I have been a priest for thirty-two years, but I began as a youth minister in St. Louis, Missouri. All the young people I met during...


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