From Deacon Dick

Retreat Reflections

It is good to gather as community. From this rather obvious statement flows a fundamental truth … we are built for relationship … we need each other because we long for someone to listen to our story and others yearn for someone to listen to theirs.  From that flow of self between ourselves and others, bonds are forged that help us to celebrate the joys of our lives and assist us in mourning our losses.  We might even think of one another as sources of hope.

Recently, permanent deacons, spouses, and widows from our Diocese gathered in Windham for our Annual Retreat. Our Retreat Director was Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard who helped us unpack the deeper meaning of deacon as minister of Word, Sacrament, and Charity.  Allow me to share with you some questions for each area that challenge each of us as Catholic Christians.

  • Word
    • How do we lead others who are “hungry for meaning” in their lives to the person of Jesus the Christ?
    • How do we bring the Word of the Gospel to birth each day?
    • In what ways do we find the Joy of the Gospel in our inner lives so that we may truly walk with God?
  • Sacrament
    • How do we better foster the domestic church as sacrament?
    • In our celebrations, how might we be more welcoming and less judgmental?
    • How do the sacraments help us form our consciences rather than replace them?
  • Charity
    • In what ways do we imitate the manner of God’s acting … with patience, goodness, and compassion?
    • To what extent to we shrink divine mercy to the size of our own fears and limitations?
    • How do we speak and act so as to foster the dignity of all life … human, animal, nature?

Through our baptism, we are all called to serve in Word, Sacrament, and Charity. May these questions lead us into deeper union with our God whose essence is Mercy. 

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