Monday, March 28, 2011

The Call to Sacred Orders - The Permanent Deacon

It is above all the call to service that I wish to celebrate with you today. In speaking of deacons, the Vatican Council said that " strengthened by sacramental grace, in communion with the bishop and his presbyterate, they serve the People of God in the service of the liturgy, the word, and charity" (Lumen Gentium, 29). Reflecting further on this description, my predecessor Paul VI was in agreement with the Council that "the permanent diaconate should be restored... as a driving force for the Church’s service (diakonia) towards the local Christian communities, and as a sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself, who ‘came not to be served but to serve’” (Pauli VI Ad Pascendum, Intr.). These words recall the ancient tradition of the Church as expressed by the early Fathers such as Ignatius of Antioch, who says that deacons are "ministers of the mysteries of Jesus Christ... ministers of the Church of God" (S. Ignatii Antiocheni Ad Trallianos, II, 3). You, dear brothers, belong to the life of the Church that goes back to saintly deacons, like Lawrence, and before him to Stephen and his companions, whom the Acts of the Apostles consider “deeply spiritual and prudent” (Act. 6, 3).

This is at the very heart of the diaconate to which you have been called: to be a servant of the mysteries of Christ and, at one and the same time, to be a servant of your brothers and sisters. That these two dimensions are inseparably joined together in one reality shows the important nature of the ministry which is yours by ordination.


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Monday, March 21, 2011

Grow Old With Me

"Grow old with me" is one of the last songs that John Lennon wrote. A man who fought anger, resentment, depression - a man who had a difficult childhood and family life. But the words of this song tell a new story - a new beginning - a settling down. These words ring so true to me in my own life - in my marriage. Maybe this song also speaks to you, in your marriage...

Grow old along with me
The best is yet to be
When our time has come
We will be as one
God bless our love
God bless our love

Grow old along with me
Two branches of one tree
Face the setting sun
When the day is done
God bless our love
God bless our love

Spending our lives together
Man and wife together
World without end
World without end

Grow old along with me
Whatever fate decrees
We will see it through
For our love is true
God bless our love
God bless our love

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick's Day

I arise today
Through the strength of heaven;
Light of the sun,
Splendor of fire,
Speed of lightning,
Swiftness of the wind,
Depth of the sea,
Stability of the earth,
Firmness of the rock.

I arise today
Through God's strength to pilot me;
God's might to uphold me,
God's wisdom to guide me,
God's eye to look before me,
God's ear to hear me,
God's word to speak for me,
God's hand to guard me,
God's way to lie before me,
God's shield to protect me,
God's hosts to save me
Afar and anear,
Alone or in a mulitude.

Christ shield me today
Against wounding
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,
Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ on my right, Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in the eye that sees me,
Christ in the ear that hears me.

I arise today
Through the mighty strength
Of the Lord of creation

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ash Wednesday

Almighty and Everlasting God, You have given the human race Jesus Christ our Savior as a model of humility.
He fulfilled Your Will by becoming Man And giving His life on the Cross. Help us to bear witness to You By following His example of suffering
And make us worthy to share in His Resurrection. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.


Read Deacon Keith Fournier's article on Ash Wednesday HERE

Saturday, March 5, 2011

From St. Teresa of Avila

Today I received The Friars eLetter which contained such beautiful words by St. Teresa of Avila. With such turmoil taking place in our world, in our own country - the ongoing struggle to protect the dignity of the human person - St. Teresa's words are so very appropriate for us today. Sometimes we feel that we are losing the battle, losing our Christian Hope. I think St. Teresa's prayer will help us erase these feelings, give us encouragement and help to increase our strength to go on - to do God's work - knowing that we have a glorious home waiting for us all ...

Let nothing trouble you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All is passing,
God alone is unchanging.
Obtains everything.
Who possesses God
Wants for nothing.
God alone suffices.

Thanks to Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR