Deacon Blog

June 2018

Jun 28

Faith Requires Action

In 1992 Hurricane Andrew destroyed thousands of homes in South Florida. In one of the areas 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 21

Listening to Our Father

There’s a You Tube video that has gone viral – over 18 million views of it within a couple of days.  It is of a speech made by a young heart throb actor named Chris Pratt on an MTV award show. When receiving his award, he used his time at the podium to urge those watching (of the younger generation) to believe in God. He said,...
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Jun 14

Anger and Forgiveness

Anger, positioned within the commandment, "Thou shall not kill", seems on the surface to us to be no more than a small footnote.  So when we hear Jesus say, "Whoever is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment", that comes across to us as pretty darn harsh.    In the Gospel reading today, Jesus...
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Jun 10

Deceived by the Serpent

In the exchange that we hear in the first reading between Adam and Eve and the Lord, we hear the Lord at one point say to Eve, “Why would you do such a thing?”  And Eve answers, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.” Now, we don’t know from the text the manner in which she said it - if she was simply...
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Jun 7

Embracing the Truth

Finding the truth, the real truth, is a lifelong calling for all of us. And in our quest, those of us of faith find the truth in God.  We’re asked today to embrace that truth, even when it’s not so convenient. The good news is (as St Augustine of Hippo once said) “The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend...
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