A 1996 graduate of Westerville North High School, Fr. Wagner then entered seminary at the age of 18 at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington. But he says he felt the calling to serve God early on in his life.
“I knew at age 16, and I fought it all I could,” he says. “It was a good fit for me, to become a priest. I enjoyed seminary, enjoyed learning, and it was a lingering calling that truly does not ever go away.”
Wagner says he gave seminary one year, “I struck a deal with God, that I would go for one year, but he would not leave me alone.”
Education is a theme in this priest’s life. He earned his bachelor’s of arts degree in philosophy from the Pontifical College Josephinum, with minors in classical languages and literature. Wagner learned to speak Greek, Latin, Spanish and Italian which helped when in 2000, Bishop Griffin approached Wagner about heading to Rome to study. In Rome, Wagner earned a degree in theology from the 400-year-old Pontifical Gregorian University. Later, he achieved a master’s degree in spirituality from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, also located in Rome. Until 2004, he lived south of Vatican City, had four audiences with Pope John Paul, and also led tours around Rome, a side interest to his religious.
After returning to the United States, Fr. Wagner took a position at St. Brigid of Kildare in Dublin, Ohio where he worked for three years as priest to the parish, elementary school and also Bishop Watterson High School until 2007.
A Cure for Heartburnby Joshua Wagner
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This is a book that is meant to entertain and inspire- it is humor with a point. You will find motivational quotes inside of it, as well as life lessons that help you to find the self help you need to achieve the deepest desires of your heart. The motivational quotes found inside this book will help you through your day, and give you a new perspective on life. It is broken down into short stories that are humorous with a point- sort of like a fable of sorts, but that happen in real life. It is a fun read for old and young alike, and even kids can understand, at the very least, the stories.
This is a book of Motivational Quotes and Motivational Stories will motivate you to be the best you can be, and to find that "Cure for Heartburn." What makes our "hearts burn" is a need to connect with others- integrity and a sense of purpose. Life though is no different. Certainly there is nothing wrong with partaking in something that brings us pleasure, but it really doesn't cure what makes our hearts burn. Sometimes it makes the “heart burn” worse.
This heart burn I speak of is what is at the deepest desires of every human heart. What makes our hearts burn is the desire to love, and to be loved. To be the best versions of ourselves that we can be. To grow, to learn, and to be better at the end of the day than we were at the beginning of the day. There isn't anything in the world- no pleasure, no amount of success, no amount of “things” -that will cure our heartburn. Only good relationships- being connected spiritually, loving ourselves, and and other human beings can really cure what ails us.
Every relationship can teach us something about love. So can, I hope this book. Using some of my own adventures through life- learning to love myself and others, I hope that my own personal journey learning how to love will help you to establish and maintain those relationships in life that can cure what your hearts truly burn for
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I know josh. He's pretty funny. People should read this book because it has funny stories in it. :)