Deacon Blog

February 2017

Feb 23

Delay Not Your Conversion

Newspaper or magazine articles many times will deploy what is called a “pull-quote”- a key phrase, quotation, or excerpt that has been pulled from the article that is restated and embedded into the column in a much larger font, in an eye catching fashion. Its purpose is to highlight a key topic within article and to entice readers to...
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Feb 19

Responding to Anger

Today’s readings beckon us to spend time in introspection, examining how we respond to anger. Do we treat anger with prayer and reason, allowing it to be extinguished, or do we let our anger remain untreated, allowing it to metastasize like a cancer and migrate its way to our heart?...
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Feb 16

Cue the Rainbow

Back in the 60’s and 70’s, we didn’t have all the cable TV stations that we have today. We only had channels 2, 4, and 11, and radio was still garnering big audiences. If you were a company wanting to advertise your product, you maximized your reach by advertising on radio. Baseball radio broadcasts were a big deal.  Some...
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Feb 9

When Our Prayers Hit a Wall

Today’s Gospel story is intriguing because of this Greek woman's response to Jesus in the face of a seeming impossibility. She's a sign of hope for all of us when we're hitting the proverbial wall, and there seems to be no door through it. Her persistence and her confidence in Jesus, the ultimate barrier-breaker, are traits that we should...
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Feb 2

Consecrated to God

Today we celebrate the formal presentation of the baby Jesus to God. Jesus’ life, from birth to his death, was consecrated to God for our sake.   So, what does it mean to be consecrated and how are we consecrated to God? Of course, we most commonly use this word (consecrate) when referring to the bread and wine being consecrated...
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