Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel – And a Comment about the Diaconate

The Holy Father has issued his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium. I have yet to read it in its entirety, (I’m still working on it!) but from what I have read it is a clear challenge to us all. Here is the link to the text.  http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.pdf

I keep hoping to see something in it referring specifically to the diaconate and its evangelical mission. So far, I haven’t seen anything. Certainly, at the heart of the diaconate is preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. One only needs to look at St. Stephen, deacon and martyr and St. Lawrence, deacon and martyr to see biblical examples of this. Inherent in the rite of ordination to the diaconate is the reception of the Book of the Gospels at which time the bishop reminds us we are heralds of the Gospel.

Certainly, too, our Holy Father is showing all of us deacons how to be deacons in his outreach to the poor and the marginalized. He lives out his diaconate. Just today I read in the Italian newspaper, Il Corriere della Sera, how Francis is expecting the archbishop at the Vatican in charge of the giving of alms to the poor to sell his desk and to be out among the poor and not expect the poor to come knocking at his door. The article also mentioned how when he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, then Cardinal Bergoglio would slip out at night dressed as a simple priest and spend time, in cognito, with the poor in the streets.

Francis’ biggest homily on the diaconate is the manner in which he is living and instructing all of us to live.

MIght I be asking too much if I were to ask him to mention deacons in his writings?

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3 Responses to Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel – And a Comment about the Diaconate

  1. Mike Young says:

    Master, what place am I going to have in your kingdom? argue, argue, argue!!!!

  2. Deacon Bob says:

    Understood, my friend. Thank you.

    What I was wondering about was why there is such silence in reference to the diaconate when there are multiple comments to the laity, priests, bishops, and consecrated men and women (like you Mike). Many deacons would like to know how the Holy Father envisions us to live out our diaconate in the New Evangelization.

  3. Mike Young says:

    Good Question with regard to how deacons are to serve. Seems like he as given a clear understanding for all to live it out for the poor, in my humble opinion the poor doesn’t mean just monetary etc. What you do on a daily basis supporting people with mental health needs in our area and country is so much needed that they are “poor”. You may not need a letter or directive from the Holy Father to obtain direction for the diaconate.
    Keep up the great work as a Deacon!!!!!

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