One of the countless books we had to read during our four year deacon formation was St. Augustine’s wonderful work: CONFESSIONS. We read and studied the book for two philosophy classes, and for at least one of
On the day before I completed this column, I visited our local ‘care’ center – a place for mostly elders recovering from operations, falls and illnesses. But it’s also home for a lot of alzheimer and dementia patients.
I have a Christmas gift for you today. I hope that this gift will tenderize your heart, and that you will unwrap the gift and you will use it. To my memory, I’ve only shared this story
I sometimes wish we were a bit more touchy-feely in our faith practice. I mean – Jesus was a great lover of people, and his healing, his affirmation, his acceptance was almost always shown by some form
Where did I first hear the saying, “I ain’t much, but I’m all I think about?” Terrible, I know. I’d like to think of myself as a man of words — but there are so many who
‘Faith-alive’ Catholics are likely aware of the many titles that have been given to the Blessed Virgin Mary (there’s one right there). Catholics have attributed a great many names and titles to her. And there is no
Hello moms and followers of the wonderful work and ministry of Lisa Hendey. My DW Dee and I are back from a 4,500 mile round trip driving vacation: from the warm climes of the southwest, to the
When we lived in Colorado, every so often I would go to the monthly Mass for the Catholic students of the Colorado State University in Ft. Collins. It was a somewhat more lively, more participative liturgy, and
Hello dear watchers and waiters. I’m referring to those of us awaiting a new descent of the Holy Spirit. A new Pentecost is… is on its way, God willing. More on that shortly. I often write of
In the Arizona parish where I serve as deacon, I am on the preaching rotation every Wednesday and Friday for morning Masses. I have been preaching strongly… sometimes even sternly about the necessity for meaningful evangelization from
If anyone pays attention to Deacon Tom (besides his lovely wife Dee, and then only from time to time :-), that person or those few people would know that I regularly write or speak about Catherine Doherty
In many recent years, my skin regularly develops cracks. They happen on some of my fingers, right at the corner of my nails. Gosh do those little cracks hurt. And they can be so slow to heal.
I have experienced some memorable moments since becoming a deacon. Caring moments, tender moments and oh yes, some funny moments. I’ll have to save the funny moments till another column — another time. One caring moment? After
One of the joys of the early years of being a deacon has been my work with young couples as they prepare for the beautiful sacrament of marriage. At the time, we lived in Estes Park, Colorado.
On the day that I’m preparing this column, the first reading for the Mass has words of exhortation from St. Paul. He tells Christians to give of their lives each day in love and service of God