Our friend Dennis has been working toward his Masters in Theology now for several years. Each time we get together, our exchanges about “all things of faith” are truly moments of kindred souls that I’d be pressed to put into words. And yet, that’s just what Dennis has done in the several years.
Beginning in the fall of 2009, he began to craft one-page “arguments” on a topic of theological or spiritual interest. Each one received a rigorous wordsmith treatment… honing the ideas into succint thoughts encapsulated in tight sentences bursting with thought.
When I suggested that he begin a blog with his statements of faith, he quizzed me about the “why” and “how”. Yet, after a short period of deliberation, he agreed that a blog might just be the vehicle to convey these to a broader audience. And so, the birth of My Reverie With God.
Dennis has now posted nearly 100 “reveries”, from “Christ is a Conservative” to “We May Stumble“. Each is worth a thoughtful visit.
Five men… a single calling: to serve God and His church through “tasks of practical charity”. And so we welcome these five men who have answered that call — “welcome, brothers!”
“I have called you friends, because I have told you everything I have heard from my Father. It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you: love one another.”
Robert Burke, Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse
Dare Dutter, Holy Cross, DeWitt
Paul Lehmann, St. Mary, Hamilton
David Losito, St. Margaret, Mattydale
Mark Shiner, Newman Center at Colgate Univ, Hamilton
The scriptures for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time describe the End Times, and yet the eschatology of both the prophet Malachi and Gospel author Luke provide an important insight into our preoccupation… our “distraction” with the cataclysmic events in the world. Instead of focusing on our own sinful ways and being true to Christ’s teachings, we are in Paul’s words from the 2nd Letter to the Thessalonians: ”conducting themselves among you in a
by not keeping busy but minding the business of others.“
Listen to Dc. Tim’s homily at archive.org
As men of faith, we unite in prayer each day: Morning, Evening & Night to pray the Liturgy of the Hours, the sacred prayer of the church. Especially at those times we remember those who are in need: for healing, guidance, courage in the face of life’s challenges, and of course, those departed and no longer with us.
We believe that our prayers are both heard… and acted upon by our gracious and loving God. Yet we know that often the answer to the prayer requests may be answered in ways that we neither expect, nor necessarily understand. Truly, our prayers are in God’s hands!
Join us in adding your requests to our daily prayers: our deacons will receive your Prayer Request and pray on your behalf for the next 30 days. It’s very easy to make a request… it will take you but a moment. Then it’s in our helping hands and His. Here’s the link: http://www.deacons.us/prayer-request
During his recent homily in Glasgow, the Holy Father addressed the bishops with these words:
Have a care also for your deacons, whose ministry of service is associated in a particular way with that of the order of bishops. Be a father and a guide in holiness for them, encouraging them to grow in knowledge and wisdom in carrying out the mission of herald to which they have been called.
Words of encouragement and guidance from Pope Benedict… confirmation of our call to vocation and ministry!
Lord, who shall be admitted to your tent and dwell on your holy mountain?
He who walks without fault; he who acts with justice
and speaks the truth from his heart;
And so began Psalm 15 from the Common of Pastors on this optional memorial of St. John Eudes. As I read the first few verses, a friend, teacher… and deacon came to mind; Dc. Myron Kotch. We received news of his passing this morning from the Office of the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Syracuse in a brief email.
I first met Deacon Kotch… Myron to most in our first year of deacon formation: History of the Early Church. And what a history course it was! Dr. Kotch, an Eastern Rite Deacon, brought a depth and breadth of knowledge as a teacher and mentor to those classes. In his enthusiasm for the Church, both East and West, he pushed us to embrace the best of both worlds; always helping us to see what each brought to the faith. And could he assign homework! The groans were tangible as he ended each class with a long list of questions to be written out in preparation for the following month’s class.
Dr. Myron Kotch, Rev. Dc. - 2007 25th Ordination Jubilee
Dc. Kotch was ordained to the SubDiaconate at the Martyrs’ Shrine, Auriesville, in July 1982 and to the Diaconate in October of that same year at St. John the Baptist Ukranian Catholic Church in Syracuse.
Perhaps the highlight of knowing Myron came in our 2nd or 3rd year, when a number of us attended Divine Liturgy at St. John’s in Syracuse. All that we’d learned about the essential role of the Eastern Rite Deacon in liturgy played out before us in that awesome celebration, with Dc. Kotch there to example for us. For a group of Roman Catholic deacon candidates, the experience helped to move us into a deeper appreciation for the roots of the early Christian Church and the incredible depth of liturgy.
After the liturgy, we enjoyed a sumptuous Eastern European dinner in the church hall. Gracious, kind and welcoming… who could expect anything less from Myron and the faith he embraced: friend, teacher and deacon mentor.