Meeting People Where They Are

One of the great challenges of pastoral encounters in the highly secularized context in which we live is to meet people where they are and not where we would like them to be. Many of the couples who come... Read More

The Interior Life as a Place of Encounter

The following is an excerpt from “Encountering Christ the Servant: A Spirituality of the Diaconate” (OSV, $18.95) by Deacon...

Diaconal Evangelism

Albeit not exclusively, the Acts of the Apostles identifies deacons as evangelists. Not only did they wait on tables,...

Diakonia for the Domestic Field Hospital

The great crisis, which has been unveiled during the COVID-19 pandemic, is that so many of the faithful are...


Serving the Suffering Church: The Serenity of Surrender

“We are not self-sufficient; by ourselves we flounder: we need the Lord like the ancient navigators needed the stars.”... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Planting Spiritual Victory Gardens

During the global wars of the 20th century people were encouraged to plant gardens in every available plot of... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: The Deacon in Lockdown in New York

A couple of times a day I have to get up from my desk, go to the window and... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Mobilizing the Power of the Holy Spirit Working through Deacons in a Pandemic

Every deacon knows that Pope Francis has urged us, the Body of Christ, to go out to the peripheries.... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Helping Others See the Works of God

“It is so that the works of God might be made visible through him” (Jn 9:3). As deacon couples,... Read More

Serving the Suffering Church: Disconnection from Those We Serve

I don’t know about you, but the effects of the novel coronavirus have got me feeling a bit disconnected... Read More

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Remain in the Battle

The Catechism calls it “the battle of prayer.” The saints and spiritual masters — scriptural, classical, contemporary — all... Read More

The Lone Deacon: Toward a Less-Effective Ministry

Some of us are old enough to remember the television show “The Lone Ranger.” That program, preceded by a... Read More