Deacon Blog

June 2015

Jun 25

Faith Requires Action

In 1992 Hurricane Andrew destroyed thousands of homes in South Florida. Yet, in an area where the wreckage looked like a war zone, one house remained standing, still firmly attached to its foundation. When a reporter asked the homeowner why his house had not blown away like the others, the man replied ‘I built this house...
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Jun 18

Our Father Responds to Our Prayer

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus contrasts babble-prayer with holy prayer, and wordy prayer with a heart-felt "Our Father”.  If someone not familiar with the Rosary, for example, walked in here and witnessed it being recited before Mass, they may think that it is a babble-prayer, simply because it's a repetitious, formula...
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Jun 14

Embracing God's Kingdom

In today’s Gospel, we’re invited to seek and embrace God’s Kingdom. Said another way, we must seek and embrace God’s plan for our lives.  Our faith tells us that God’s plan is perfect and will be carried out whether we cooperate with it or not. We just need to decide if we’re onboard or not.   To...
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Jun 11

Barnabas Didn't Compare

I have used the expression more than few times that we’ve been made to be a relational people.  We exhibit our faith in the way we relate to each other. Sometimes though, we become a little too relational – we spend too much time comparing ourselves to each other unnecessarily.      Think for a moment of...
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Jun 4

Love in its Highest Form

There are a few words in the English language whose definitions need to be rescued back from the distorted interpretation to which the world has taken it.  The word “hope”, for example, is one such word.  It has evolved to mean something more like a "wish", instead of the theological virtue of hope which means...
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