Formed On Purpose


As the old Arlo Guthrie song goes (kinda), Herman has been detected by God and selected by Bishop Bob. And now, according to the bookstore nuns’ plan, it’s time for him to be neglected by Bishop Bob and the nuns so God can do His thing in the little, orange Cathedral mouse. They call it the “Damascus Road” plan of formation.

In the sequence of cartoon panels that follow (and the blog articles that accompany them), we see God go to work. It starts with a new guardian angel named Gomez (shades of the movie It’s A Wonderful Life). Gomez is a second degree guardian angel, a big deal until you learn that there are 16 degrees of guardian angels. But Gomez is making progress— and he’s just what Herman needs. So God provides.

The underlying truth we see here is that God does extraordinary things through ordinary creatures. And of course, while this is Herman’s story, God is ready to do some pretty amazing things in your life too.

Here’s the next little part in the story. We call it “Formed On Purpose.”


Our Porch Stories are always absolutely, positively, 100% true exactly as you hear them — except for the parts we might’ve added for the purpose of literary embellishment, a common technique used by writers and news reporters to make them more interesting.

Though we strive for truth in details of our tales, we are ever aware that a story doesn’t have to be entirely true to be good — it must only be thoroughly creative and interesting!


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ!