"This past Tuesday, on Valentine’s Day, the day of true and sincere love, Tiffany was very excited as she left the New Image Nail Salon. For over an hour she had sat in a chair holding her fingers and hands perfectly still while Shandra carefully filed and coated and painted each of her nails. While each nail had its own unique design, they all worked together under the unified theme ... of hearts. Shandra was truly an artist, and Tiffany was very excited at how her beautiful new nails had turned out. She just knew Jordan, her long time boyfriend, would be as excited as she was..."
Ladies and gentleman, it's the beginning of my dear friend Dennis Schenkel's first practice homily. You may be surprised to discover where it goes. Congratulations to Dennis, a seminarian at St. Meinrad in Indiana. If the Catholic Encyclopedia had an entry called "Reasons to believe the Church truly is seeing a wave of dynamic, promising, faith-filled seminarians," there'd be his picture.