Feast of St. Therese of the Little Flower
I cannot believe I have not written anything since Easter. Summer went by like a shot, and was very busy. Fr. Greg was replaced by Fr. Nathan and I believe both of them are now in the places they should be. The old rectory and convent are gone and the school and church area actually look spruced up. The whole area looks great!
I have finally received an ordination date now that I am concluding my diaconate studies. The date is September 16, 2017. I am looking forward to that day and to becoming a deacon. I hope to be able to serve this parish to the best of my abilities and to help all of us to become what God wants us all to be: the best and holiest selves we can be. Our souls desire to be holy and do the will of God through His Son, Jesus, and the Deacon's soul desires to attain holiness by
being the servant of the servants of the Lord.
I would like to thank the Daughters of Isabella and the Knights of Columbus for their support during my four years of training. Their help made it easier for me to buy the books I needed and will continue to use as time goes on. Thank you very much.
I now would like to include a few quotes about the spirituality of a Deacon as we try to be Christ for others, written by Kevin Bagley in “Deacon Digest” for September 2016:
“Our tri-fold service enables us to serve the needs of the community, fully live our lives as Jesus asked, and return to our liturgical actions glorifying God by our presence in the sanctuary offering prayers for the needs people.”
“We can't do everything, but we can do something, infused with the Spirit and compelled by our ordination to be present among God's people and minister to their needs.”
“In the Rite of Ordination of Deacons in the Prayer of Ordination, the bishop prays that 'there abound in them every Gospel virtue: unfeigned love, concern for the sick and poor, unassuming authority, the purity of innocence, and the observance of spiritual discipline. May your commandments shine forth in their conduct, so that by the example of their way of life they may inspire the imitation of your holy people.” Further, 'in offering the witness of a clear conscience, they may remain strong and steadfast in Christ, so that by imitating on earth your Son, who came not to be served, but to serve...'”
“At our ordination, … (W)e are to be recognized by the community as disciples of the
one who came not to be served, but to serve, doing the will of God from our heart and serving with love and joy.”
“We build up one another as we give selflessly, as Saint Francis of Assisi—himself a permanent Deacon—is said to have suggested, proclaiming the Gospel with our actions. We bridge the gap of the sacred and the secular with our work and ministry bringing sacramental grace into every encounter.”
“We are called to be Christ to those in need. But who is in need? Ultimately, we all are. A kind word, a smile, a hug, may be all someone needs to change their day, or their life. I leave you with the words from the Ordination Rite in 'Handing On of the Book of Gospels': 'Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you have become. Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.'”
I hope to fulfill the last sentence in the above quote. God bless you all, and bring you peace.