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Yes, this is my First Christmas.....as a Deacon of course. Fr. Andrew reminded me and the entire congregation of that, along with the story ...

Friday, August 12, 2016

Unless you become like a child...

I'm sharing today words from Michael Phelps after las nights win....."I feel like a kid again, and that's the difference, Phelps said. I feel like I did when I was 18. That was the only way I was going to get back and race at this level consistently."

Today and everyday lets make it our life to be a kid again in order to run the good race!

Peace

Deacon Mitch 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

How far would you go???

Good afternoon! I'm finally having my first vacation for the year. My wife would remind me that it's about time. This morning I'm listening to the Patrick Madrid Show on Immaculate Heart Radio and the discussion turned to abortion. I must have been fired up listening to the discussion that I had to share the thoughts discussed during break time with her. She reminded me that we had just talked about how I've struggled with coming up with something to share on this blog,  she said...."you have what you are looking for, go ahead and do it." So here it is...A response was given that abortion is okay, after all "it's the law, the Supreme Court said so!"

Patrick then shared "well, slavery at one time was deemed the law of the land and upheld by the Supreme Court, would you agree or disagree that it was a bad law and stand up with Abolitionists?"

The caller struggled to answer the question knowing quite well where this was going. If a law is immoral and Abortion is, shouldn't we work to repeal this law?

The discussion moved on a very slippery slope for many. What about if a gay gene was identified, by the way there isn't, but if there was one how would you answer that question on abortion, or a mother wanting a daughter with dark hair realizing that her next child would be born with red hair.  How far would you go?

Unfortunately all things that are evil that have been introduced with so called good intentions eventually move on to be more and more.

As we approach the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa let us reflect on her wisdom about Abortion:

"It is poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."

"I feel the greatest destroyer of peace today is 'Abortion' , because it a war against the child....A direct killing of the innocent child, 'Murder' by the mother herself....And if we can accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another? How do we persuade a woman not to have an abortion? As always, we must persuade her with love....And we remind ourselves that loves means to be willing to give until it hurts...." 

"The right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father's role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts....a child.....as a competitor, an intrusion and an inconvenience. It has nominally  accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the dependent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters. And, in granting this unconscionable power, it has exposed many women to unjust and selfish demands form their husbands or other sexual partners."

and lastly.....

"If a mother can kill her own child.....what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me....there is nothing in between."


How far would you go?


Peace,

Deacon Mitch 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Adieu mon Petit Frere

Last night we said Adieu to Fr Andrew. We celebrated a Mass with about 900 of his closest friends. The Love that was displayed was amazing, but not surprising. 

Here are some pictures....








What a night, what a gift he was to all of us. Please pray for him as he temporarily leads our Mother Church in Manchester.

Peace

Deacon Mitch






Summer Reading

I recently read in an email that the average American reads one book per year. My challenge was to be above average, which in my case wasn't too hard to beat. My first book was Lord of the Worlds by Monsignor Robert Hugh Benson. As I shared before I loved it. 

Fr Andrew had put together a challenge for all of us to read one book this summer. I ordered two. The first was Mr. Blue by Myles Connolly. This one was very good. I preferred Lord of the Worlds, but nonetheless a very good and easy reading book that was written in a similar time.

My next book is from Blesssed, soon to be Saint Mother Teresa....No Greater Love. I picked this one as I'm finding guidance from her to live my life as a Deacon. Great reading, thought provoking, and challenging. Highly recommended. 


I will keep you all posted on my future thoughts.

Peace 


Deacon Mitch

Monday, June 20, 2016

Time and Promises

Yesterday, was a grand day! Celebrating Father's day in many special ways, by serving at the Altar with Fr. Andrew, by standing by my Dad's side at the end of the Mass greeting everyone; it was a wonderful time. 

Back in the Sacristy  I shared a few moments with Fr. Andrew along with his Mom and Dad. I guess we are all looking over the time Fr. Andrew has spent with us and how quickly it is coming to an end. I would have to say I'm savoring every moment that I get to serve with him, realizing that I may only serve once or twice a year with him from now on into the foreseeable future. Each moment is truly bittersweet. 

His parents are such wonderful people, and I have grown close to them; just like family. His Mom asked about this blog and I shared that work, ministry, family, has been so busy that I have been struggling to find the time. Yes, that old ancient excuse. 

Actually, I've been praying for some time on finding answer to this blog question. I've realized for quite some time that there has been a dry period in this ministry. Yes, it is a ministry, a journey that I've been on for quite a few years now. Looking back I marveled at how the Holy Spirit has moved me to share so many different things going on, and ironically it has always been a little nudge, a grace filled moment that gets me back on track.

Yesterday, I believe that the Holy Spirit in His own time provided me another grace filled moment to move forward. I realize time is important, precious, but also can be used as an excuse for walking away. We have all been charged to manage our gifts, and time is definitely a gift! I know that I'm busy, but I have allowed outside influences to manage my time, or at least being an excuse for the lack of it. Through the grace of God I resolve to move forward, maybe not at the break neck speed I've shared thoughts in the past, but with timely thoughts and words that the spirit is looking to share with me and then with all of you. 

Now for the second word....Promise! I've learned to better manage that word in my life. I believe that most of us have thrown out that word far too frequently, and haphazardly in our lives. My ministry has made me realize how important promises are, like the ones made by adults at Baptism as Godparents and parents baptizing their child. As I meet with people I share with them what they are saying,what they are promising. Once I had someone back out because they realized fully what they are promising to God and in good conscience, couldn't fulfill that.

So what was the impetus to dealing with promises? Again, the conversation with the Nelson's. Mrs. Nelson mentioned she had some issues at her house, and I as a paint expert  I said that I could take a look at it. She said...promise? I hesitated, realizing that I committed myself, and then calmly said....yes! I will make sure that I manage my time to fulfill that promise. Maybe not so much as to looking at a paint problem, but rather as an opportunity to be with people I care for and just enjoying being with them.

So my brothers and sisters, here we are working together to manage time, and keeping promises.

May the Holy Spirit continue to move us all and may the Grace of God nudge us all along to be His Messengers of hope, peace, and love.

Deacon  Mitch

Friday, May 27, 2016

It's already been two years


It's hard to believe but as of this past Tuesday it has been two years since ordination. That evening we celebrated with friends who are also ordained that day.i've been honored to receive text messages from dear friends wishing me the best and a parishioner was in my store yesterday's reminded me of the ordination anniversary too. My biggest Takeaway at this time is how God has perfect timing. I shared with my friends that if we were still in studies this year because of my workload I probably would have to withdraw. What this reminds me of is that God knows what's in my heart I knew when I was ready and his timing was perfect. I am still so humbled by this tremendous honor and I strive each and every day to better myself to try to serve worthily Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, May the blessings of Almighty God descend upon you and remain with you all forever and ever amen