Back in 2008, I began my studies for the Diaconate. After the process got rolling, maintaining the website was something that I just didn't have time to do, so it went dormant. In June 2013, I was ordained a deacon by Cardinal Donald Wuerl and have now settled into my ministries at Holy Cross Church in Garrett Park, Maryland. The site now has some new content. A few of our parishioners and others unable to get to Mass and have expressed a desire to have the homilies available, so I have recorded a number of them. You can listen to them under Homilies.
In our busy day, it is sometimes difficult to carve out some time to deepen our knowledge of the our Catholic faith. Yet God expects us to make the effort to grow in our knowledge of the faith. Evangelical missionaries will often say Catholics are the easiest targets because they have such a poor grasp of their own faith. This website attempts to begin to remedy that sad situation. It employs the method of St. Francis deSales. In his book, Introduction to the Devout Life, you will see how he organizes it into small bite-size chapters that busy laymen can read when there is little time available. What is learned can then be shared with others as the occasion arises.
This website is dedicated to St. Francis de Sales, who has been my guide, my mentor and my hero. Find out why...here.
Starting on the 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time (July 29), the Church has us pause from our reading of the Gospel of Mark and for 5 consecutive Sundays we read together Chapter 6 of the Gospel of John. In all the Scriptures there is perhaps no more in depth teaching on the Holy Eucharist than is John 6. Please take the time during this 5-Sunday study to get to know Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Jesus waits for us in the tabernacle; waits for us to spend some small portion of our time with Him Who entered time and then gave it all away to save us. A homily introducing this study of the Holy Eucharist can be found here.
On the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Church winds down the liturgical year with a meditation on the winding down of our lives. Jesus speaks of horrific events to His disciples regarding the end of their world. St. Francis de Sales advises us to "Fear death without fearing it." This sounds almost contradictory but it illuminates for us the narrow path between assuming we will go to heaven (presumption) and seeing no way to avoid hell (despair). To hear more on St. Francis' thoughts, listen to the homily from the 33rd Sunday of Ordinary Time. Also, you may want to read the article, Are Catholics Saved?