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Born: February 2, 1930
Died: July 14, 2018
Deciding Every Day
By Amy Korpi, Staff Writer
On the day Fr. Walter “Wally” Stohrer, SJ, was ordained a priest in Innsbruck, Austria in 1960, one of his professors — renowned theologian Fr. Karl Rahner, SJ — approached him and said, “You have just made the most important decision of your life. Now you must decide every day for the rest of your life what kind of priest you are going to be.”
And that is exactly what Fr. Stohrer has done.
“It’s not enough to reach a goal,” he explains. “You must live with the implications of that goal every day. Life is dynamic, and we must keep choosing our call — whether that be a religious vocation, layperson’s relationship with God, marriage, parenthood, friendship, or career.”
Father Stohrer realized an affinity for the Church at a young age, and his years at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha confirmed the intuition.“The Jesuits there — especially the scholastics — were clearly very happy, and they were doing something that struck a lot of us kids as being worthwhile,” he says.
|So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed
away; behold, new things have come. And all this is from God, who has
reconciled us to himself through Christ and given us the ministry of
2 Corinthians 5:17–18
|I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.
|How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the one bringing good news,|
Announcing peace, bearing good news, announcing salvation, saying to Zion, “Your God is King!”
|Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of
to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of
God, to those who believe in his name, who were born not by natural
generation nor by human choice nor by a man’s decision but of God. And
the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his
glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.
|While Israel was encamped there in front of the mountain, Moses went
up to the mountain of God. Then the Lord called to him from the
mountain, saying: This is what you will say to the house of Jacob; tell
the Israelites, "You have seen how I treated the Egyptians and how I bore
you up on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself."
Fr. Walter "Wally" J. Stohrer, SJ, was called to eternal life on July 14, 2018.
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This article also appeared in an abbreviated form in the Summer, 2017 issue of Jesuits magazine.
Click here for the Summer 2017 Jesuits magazine index