Deacon Michael

December 15, 2017

Personal Reflection on Chapter 1 of ‘Ministries: A Relational Approach’

I found Edward Hahnenberg’s analysis of the contrast and balance between clergy and laity in Chapter 1 of his Ministries: A Relational Approach to be fascinating […]
December 15, 2017

Getting the Rite Right: The Intent and Results of the Vatican II Liturgical Reforms

Of the four Constitutions resulting from the Second Vatican Council, Sacrosanctum concilium, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, was the first discussed and approved, and it […]
November 27, 2017

Q&A: Reception of Baptised Christians into Full Communion

At one of the Masses last weekend in my home parish (the parish in which I’m also currently assigned), it was a pleasure to be assisting […]
November 10, 2017

The Church, and the People

One might recall the childhood activity of folding one’s hands, fingers pointing inward through the knuckles, then rotating one’s hands open and waving the fingers around, […]
October 14, 2017

Good, Evil, & God: Understanding the Old Testament’s “Dark Passages”

In the book of the prophet Isaiah, God teaches mankind, “my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways… For as the heavens […]
October 10, 2017

Today’s Office of Readings

I always start my day by offering the Morning Prayer of the church (as I’m obliged to do while in formation, and would promise to do […]
September 24, 2017

Today’s Gospel: In the Vineyard

Today’s Gospel is deeply meaningful to me. When our initial cohort of our Diaconate formation class was told, in the summer of 2016, that our formation […]
September 24, 2017

Our Peaceful Protest

In the midst of all of the protests (and rioting) in St. Louis right now (just follow the Twitter hashtag #stlverdict for a bit), it was […]
July 19, 2017

The Call is Sacred

I awoke this morning to the tail end of a dream in which I was sitting in the kitchen of the (three advisers back) lead adviser […]