Monthly Archives: April 2015

Deacon Bob’s Homily for Thursday, 4th Week of Easter, 2015

Here is my homily from this morning. God bless! Last week at the National Association of Diaconate Directors convention in Minneapolis, I was able to take in a lecture given by George Weigel, a noted theologian often interviewed on EWTN, … Continue reading

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Quote for the Day

“I have followed my road. May Christ teach you yours.” — St. Francis of Assisi

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47 Deacons to be Ordained!!

The diocese of Allentown will be ordaining 47 men to the diaconate this weekend. Forty-seven from all walks of life. This is probably the largest ordination class in the country this year. I found their ages interesting. I believe that … Continue reading

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Papa Luciani and the “New Climate” and “New System”

Here is a quote from Pope John Paul I (Papa Luciani) taken from the book¬†A Passionate Adventure. (The book is translated and edited by Lori Pieper, OFS.)¬†Luciani is speaking about the coming of Jesus in his Christmas homily in 1961. … Continue reading

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Off to NADD I Go and various other sundry things

I will be taking off later today for Minneapolis to attend the National Association of Deacon Directors annual convention. One of the several responsibilities I have been given by my bishop is that of Assistant Director of Deacon Personnel, and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis calls for a Jubilee Year of Mercy

Misericordiae Vultus BULL OF INDICTION OF THE EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY FRANCIS BISHOP OF ROME SERVANT OF THE SERVANTS OF GOD TO ALL WHO READ THIS LETTER GRACE, MERCY, AND PEACE [Multimedia] 1. Jesus Christ is the face of the … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Easter, Cycle B, Divine Mercy Sunday

Here is my homily for this weekend. God bless each of you! 2nd Sunday of Easter, Cycle B April 11/12, 2015 Acts 4: 32-35; 1 John 5: 1-6; John 20: 19-31 “The community of believers was of one heart and … Continue reading

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Random Thoughts

It has been a long while since I have sat down at this keyboard and tapped out a post other than sharing with you things I have read and found worthy of bringing to your attention. Life has been indeed … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for Thursday, Octave of Easter

Here is my homily from this Thursday’s early morning Mass. God bless you! One of the things people in my profession have come to understand in recent decades is the impact trauma has upon individuals and communities. We know that … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Easter Vigil Homily 2015

HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS Vatican Basilica Holy Saturday, 4 April 2015 Tonight is a night of vigil. The Lord is not sleeping; the Watchman is watching over his people (cf. Ps 121:4), to bring them out of slavery … Continue reading

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Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter! Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness! Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of his divine glorified by, emptied himself, … Continue reading

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To all priests and deacons: Are you weary?

The Holy Father in his homily for the Chrism Mass in Rome asked his clergy whether they were weary, and he spoke of the various ways in which that weariness can penetrate a priest (and I believe) a deacon. Take … Continue reading

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The Holy Stairs in Rome

I have provided you a link (see below) of a video clip on the Scala Santa, the Holy Stairs, in Rome. They are located near St. John Lateran. Perhaps some of you have been there and maybe even scaled those … Continue reading

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Deacon Bob’s Homily for Wednesday of Holy Week, 2015

Here is my homily from last night’s Mass. God bless each of you! Our Gospel yesterday, if you recall, was John’s account of the betrayal of Jesus by Judas. In that account, we heard that Judas took the morsel, and … Continue reading

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