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“The herald to which they have been called…”

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!

Putting deacons in their place?

Omnium in Mente, “In the Mind of All”,  a document written by Pope Benedict XVI in October but released on December 15, 2009 “clarifies” the role of the Permanent Deacon, by updating Canon Law in a new third paragraph, [Canon 1009].  The revision states in part,

…while deacons are enabled to serve the people of God in the diaconate of the liturgy, the word and charity.

According to Zenit and the National Catholic Reporter, the change brings the canon in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church and clarifies the role of bishops and priests, as distinctly different than permanent deacons. Makes sense?  As I read the change, the “while” in the new paragraph has a “line in the sand” quality… a demarc point that doesn’t reflect the balance of the current canon.

What do you think?  Here’s a link to the current canons…  ORDERS

Tearing Down the Walls

holy-land-logoYesterday’s announcement from the Vatican that, “The king of Jordan plans to break protocol this Friday when he receives Benedict XVI [..] on the Pope’s upcoming weeklong Holy Land pilgrimage.” (ZENIT) is a hopeful sign as Pope Benedict prepares for his Holy Land pilgrimage.

While the news media headlines may read: Muslims Cool to Pope’s Visit, the smallest steps toward understanding and respecting other faith communities will ultimately make the difference. Grand overtures are not the stuff that true change stems from, but rather incremental, often unnoticed getures.

The world abounds with naysayers… but the Holy Spirit is always at work. Today’s Mass readings from this 4th Wednesday in Easter points toward the key:

While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
for the work to which I have called them.” [Acts 13:2]

Tearing down the walls of mistrust among the world’s faith communities requires an openness to the Spirit… if only we pause, prepare and listen.