Deacon Blog

December 2017

Dec 28

Holy Innocents

Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents in which the Church recalls and honors those baby boys whose lives were taken in a murderous rage by Herod who was frightened by the coming of the Christ. The Holy Innocents are numbered by the Church among Christ’s martyrs.   On this sacred Feast, we honor their sacrifice and memory as...
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Dec 25

Hope at Christmas

There’s a story that’s been told of an elderly woman named Stella Thornhope who was struggling because it was her first Christmas alone. Her husband had died just a few months prior as a result of a slow developing cancer. Now, just a few days before Christmas, she found herself snowed in by a brutal weather system. She felt terribly...
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Dec 21

Celebrating Provision

The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a reminder to us of the provision of God. And because of that provision, we respond with joy, thanksgiving and praise.  Underlying all of this joy, thanksgiving and praise is the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit who urges Mary to make haste to visit Elizabeth.  It is the Holy Spirit...
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Dec 14

God Guides Us through Turbulence

From my days in business, I’ve been involved in a number of, what might be called, “team building activities”, gatherings where you get to have some fun with fellow colleagues outside of the workplace.  The intention is to build a bond between members of the team which hopefully would translate to a spirit of collaboration...
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Dec 10

Be Another John the Baptist

As people who ourselves have received mercy from God, we need to grant mercy to others who are fallible and in need of forgiveness. In the Gospel, John the Baptist prepares the people for a new and fresh path to freedom that begins with a baptism of repentance and the forgiveness of sin. Each of us are called to be another John the Baptist....
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Dec 7

More than Checking Boxes

Our Gospel reading today helps us to distinguish between professing our faith and demonstrating our faith in action.  Our faith requires more than simply checking off some required boxes, or boasting a title that denotes piety. Jesus makes that clear when he says, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord' will enter the kingdom of...
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