The Joy of the Diaconate

One of the many joys of being a deacon is baptizing little people. Yesterday I had the privilege of baptizing a five year old boy in the presence of a large family. I was a little concerned that he might be a bit active, and was wondering how to keep him focused during the multiple prayers and anointings, but the little guy was a real trooper. He stood there quietly and proudly. When I motioned for him to come up to the baptismal font, he jumped right up and bent his head over perfectly. (Mom must have been practicing at home!) The same for the anointing with Chrism.

May God bless him in his young life, and may he keep undefiled the light of Christ within him now.

The diaconate is a wonderful vocation! O the joys of it all…. any man out there thinking about it? Ask to talk to the deacon assigned to your parish. You won’t regret it.

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2 Responses to The Joy of the Diaconate

  1. John Farnen says:

    Deacon Bob,

    This story brought tears to my eyes as I remembered the baptism of my two oldest sons. They were not baptized as infants. I had gone through a time of searching, and had lost my faith. Two sons were born to me during that time, and it was not until they were 1 and 2 years old that they were baptized. When I read this post, I wondered if these parents, too, were going through the same struggles that I was going through when my oldest sons were baptized. It was a long road, coming home to the Catholic Church. Although it is my spiritual home now, it wasn’t such a long time ago that I felt otherwise. The priest who baptized my older children never hassled me about my apostasy – he welcomed my children into the church, and that act of loving kindness was one of the key things that helped me return to the Church.

    Thank you, Deacon Bob. You welcomed more than one soul into the chruch, I suspect, on that baptismal day.

  2. Deacon Bob says:

    Thank you for the witness of your faith to our parish, John.
    A diaconal blessing on you and your entire family.

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