The Theodicy of Tobit

“Why do bad things happen to good people?” This perennial question cries for an answer, an explanation of some kind, a theodicy. How can an all-knowing, all-powerful and all-good God permit suffering? This is a particular challenge for deacons... Read More

Preaching the Unanswered Prayer

A religion editor of a prestigious U.S. newspaper addressed an ecumenical preaching conference some years ago. She told the...

Advent, Deacons and the Humility of God

The themes of Advent come to us every year and find us in a different place. Just think back...

A Call to Pastoral Administration

When Deacon Frank Pettrone became a deacon in the Catholic Church, it had been by way of a long...


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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Challenging Long-Held Beliefs

Oftentimes, when an assertion is repeated long enough, it can attain, by the mere fact of its repetition, the... Read More

Listening with the Heart of Christ

As my wife and I searched for a movie to watch during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, we... Read More