LENT 2.0

Deacon Blog                                                                  March 29, 2020  LENT 2.0 What a turn of events this Lent has produced. Last year it was the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. It’s beginning to reflect a journey of suffering and heartache. Whether our anxiety is warranted or self-inflicted, it is

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Fasting

    Deacon Blog                                                              March 15, 2020  Fasting Just a short follow-up to my last blog, a point I wanted to make is that even our fully human Savior experienced a prayerful moment of anguish in the garden. I struggle to think this was the only such conversation

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Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving

    Deacon Blog                                                              March 1, 2020  Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving A cute antidote I’ve heard for living a full and happy life is to “slide into heaven sideways in a cloud of dust”, completely worn out and proudly exclaiming “WooHoo!!, what a ride”. It sounds fun but

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His Hands, His Feet on Earth

    Deacon Blog                                                        February 16, 2020 So, here’s some insight into the world my thoughts inhabit. Warning!!!, saintly older folks and small children should not read this post. Have you ever stopped to contemplate why the Church was ever created? Why didn’t Jesus pour forth the Holy

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Lives that are Holy, Hearts that are True

    Deacon Blog                                                        February 2, 2020 Lives that are Holy, hearts that are true Recently I was asked to teach a class on Moral Theology for the Deacon Formation program. Sounds like a “yawner” doesn’t it. It was a course I myself took in formation four or

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To Be…or not to be

    Deacon Blog                                                        January 12, 2020 To Be…or not to be I’ll say this, 2020 is very easy to write. I can only pray that this year goes as smoothly. Once again, it’s that time of year to evaluate. I’m not sure why that is, but it’s

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I Think they Call it Heaven

    Deacon Blog                                                                  Nov. 12, 2019  I Think they call It Heaven Some of you may remember that I was a guitarist, mostly for liturgical celebrations. I would read the scripture passages for a given Sunday and select songs along the theme presented. It would involve selecting

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To Know, Love, and …

    Deacon Blog                                                                  Nov. 5, 2019  To Know, Love, and … Serve. This past week I attended a funeral for one of our diocesan Deacons, Steve Escalera, who passed away from complications following an organ transplant. He was an awesome man and a Deacon his parish loved

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A Better Christian

Deacon Blog                                                                      Oct. 13, 2019  A Better Christian Last week we lost a unique and much “Loved” member of our parish family. You may wonder why Loved is in italics, and for good reason, but those italics are the subject of this week’s blog. It revolves

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Don’t Judge Me

Deacon Blog                                                                      Oct. 29, 2019  Don’t Judge Me Ernest Hemingway said, “There is nothing to writing, you just sit down at a typewriter and bleed”.  I am feeling compelled to “bleed out” on a huge issue of today, personal responsibility, and how its absence is affecting

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