The Catholic Deacon is directed primarily to sharing reflections on Sacred Scripture from the weekday or Sunday lectionary, as well as Catholic teachings from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Listen, share, and support!
Deacon Stephen said that we must be willing to Speak Up! Like the prophets of old, we too have the Spirit of God and are called to prophesy! Would that all would be so courageous to speak God's truth to a world filled with sin and violence.
Deacon Stephen reminds us that this is not our home, and like the disciples, (and the Marines) we are called to "pack light and freeze at night." We cannot become anchored to this earth lest it become an impediment to heavenly glory!
Deacon Stephen explains that the Christian life is marked by the struggle to think more about others and less about ourselves; it can be quite counter cultural, but it is the life of loving service that compels us.
Deacon Stephen reminds us that we should never forget the sacrifice and love of men and women offering their lives for others on Sept. 11, but also that we must never forget who we are and that we are called to love.
Deacon Stephen explains that the genealogy of Jesus Christ isn't about bloodlines, but rather about the plan of salvation unfolding from Abraham to Jesus who inaugurates the perfect age...the Kingdom of God.
Deacon explains that during difficult times we need to work hard to make no distinction between one person and another. Our call is to love all of God's creatures and all of creation. By this work and this love, our faith is revealed.
Deacon Stephen explains that we are not called to understanding, but rather to fidelity to the Lord--to stand by his side, to walk with him as far as the journey takes us. It is he, after all, who has the words of eternal life.
Deacon Stephen explains that Mary's "yes" to God was not without difficulty or struggle, yet she still exclaimed the greatness of the Lord--even with suffering and pain. We too are called to give our yes and follow her example.
Deacon Stephen Valgos was invited to attend a Mass dedicated to the Walk For Life at OLA. The homily reflects his view of the dignity and value of life from the very moment of conception, because, “a person’s a person no matter how small.” -Dr. Seuss