Quote of the day, on deacons

Quote of the day, on deacons December 29, 2011

Actually, this quote comes from a blog posting last week, but I just discovered it today (thank you, Deacon Scott Dodge!).

From Deacon Bob Yerhot’s blog Catholic Faith and Reflections:

Diaconal ministry is not about always doing more.

It is about doing what is right in front of you with the grace of the diaconate.

Remember, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council envisioned the restored diaconate as a ministry largely focused on bringing the sacramental presence of Jesus the Servant into the secular world…. this means our workplaces and our families.

Regardless of what your occupation is, or the particulars of your family structure and life, our primary ministry lies in our occupations and families, not in trying to keep busy with “real ministry.” For many of us, our real ministry is being Christ the Servant in our offices, factories, union shops, businesses and schools…. all places where we work and to which we are sent as deacons by God and our bishops.

Those of us who are married know full well (if we don’t we are in real trouble) that it is in the context of our marital relationship we first discover our diakonia. We fail as married deacons if we forget or neglect this foundational aspect of ministry.

So the concern, “Am I doing enough?” belies, I think, a misunderstanding of the deacon’s call. We are not primarily parochial. We are diocesan and we are to go where our bishop cannot often go…. into the places of the laity who hunger for the presence of Jesus… into marriage and family life…. and we are to go as deacons conformed to Jesus the Servant and in the name of our bishop.

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2 responses to “Quote of the day, on deacons”

  1. Very timely reminder to all my brothers! Two years ago our lives took a 180 type turn as we decided to open up a restaurant/Pub, a HUGE departure from my former career. I struggled with how the new demands would fight what I viewed as my ministry functions. Our Father has a huge heart, and a very very good sense of humor. Yes I’ve not been as available to teach RE or RCIA this past couple of years, instead He has showed me how to bring “my ministry” into the workplace as it never was before. In the past year I’ve counseled, and consoled at a depth not present in my life before. As the author notes, our “real ministry” is what lay before us day in and day out…I know that THIS is where the Lord wants me to be at this particular time. The other stuff…that will take care of itself when He’s ready.

  2. Well said, Deacon Jeff. I only wish all deacons understood the essence of this “quote of the day, on deacons” so well.

    Thanks…and a Happy and Blessed New Year to all in a few days!

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