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Deacon-struct the meaning of Scripture during the Season of Lent with Deacon Pedro. more
Now that in part 1 we’ve taken care of questions regarding fasting and abstinence, let’s focus on the meaning of Lent. We all know that Lent is the 40 days leading us to Easter. But what really is Lent?  Why are penance and suffering associated with Lent? What is the value of suffering? Let me tell more
Perhaps now more than at any point in recent history, the world finds itself veering uncomfortably close to danger and uncertainty. We have a global financial system that is unsustainable and violence and military conflicts brewing in some of the world’s most volatile powder kegs. There are now new emerging problems like disease outbreaks and more
In Part II, I gave a background on the author of the book Final Exit, Mr. Derek Humphry and a bit about the Right-to-Die movement. I do believe that the book is very compelling, but it contains some red flags. Here are some of them: more
Below is the official text of the catechesis of Archbishop Bashar Warda, CSsR, catechesis, as delivered on Day 6 of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin. Archbishop Warda is the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil in Iraq. Introduction: Catechesis Today I am invited to present a catechesis on suffering. A catechesis is not just a preaching more
Let me conclude by summarizing my reflections on the voice of illness by sharing the wisdom of a friend, the wife of a deacon candidate. One of her colleagues at work was dealing with what seemed to be depression. All of a sudden it was as if a darkness and heaviness has descended upon her. more
I have been blessed not to have had any major experiences with illness, death or suffering, although, as all of us, I have had my share of pain. I’d like to conclude with four insights that I have learned about suffering. First, I remember an experience I had several years ago at the L’Arche Daybreak more
Yesterday we looked at the work of deacons, in the context of the voice of illness. Yesterday was the Feast of the Holy Innocents. These were the baby boys that were massacred by King Herod when the Magi did not return to him to tell him the whereabouts of the newborn Messiah (Matthew 2:13-18). It made more
So far we’ve defined suffering in the context of people’s cry for God and we’ve looked at the tension between being and doing when involved in pastoral work. Yesterday we spent some time looking at how Jesus took care of suffering. Today I’d like to dedicate my thoughts to the work of the deacon, but I more
In the first part, we defined the voice of illness as the voice inside all of us that cries out ‘where is God?’ In Part two we began looking at the work of pastoral ministers and the tension between being and doing. When I look at scripture, Jesus never shied away from healing anyone (at more