Category: Deacon’s Beacon

From the heart of Deacon Doug.

There are times when we ask ourselves, why doesn’t God see things the way I see them ? Why doesn’t he answer my request ? Why doesn’t he heal the loved one I’m praying for ? Why doesn’t he fix

Most of us are very familiar with the parable of the sower and the seeds. Some seeds fell on good ground and produced much fruit, and others fell on rocky ground or a foot path where they withered and died. I would

The central truth of our faith is that Jesus rose from the dead. The question for us is: is this just an intellectual exercise to reflect upon, or has the reality of what God has done really changed our lives ? Jesus

I would guess all of us remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard about the attack on the World Trade Center. During the days following the terrorist bombing we thought a lot about God and our

I have not sent out a reflection in a couple of days for two reasons. First our server at church was being redone and we couldn’t send a message for a few days. Second, one of my very best friends in Indiana

If someone hurts us, we seem to be wired to get even. Our instinctive reaction is to want to hurt them back. So how is it even possible to love our enemies as Jesus asks us to do ? The truth is

There are some people in this world who can fly anywhere they want at the drop of a hat.  They can buy whatever they want, whenever they want.  They can pretty much do whatever they want to do.  That’s not

Today Is the celebration of the birthday of Momma Mary. Tomorrow is the birthday of the woman my boys call Momma. In reflecting on Mary’s birthday it’s always amazing to me how God’s plan of salvation was carried out through this young,

Relax and enjoy Labor Day !!! DeColores, Deacon Doug Join us in prayer! We encourage you to join us as we recite the Holy Rosary every night at 8PM! On Wednesdays, we pray the rosary via Zoom with the rector

In Matt: 21-42 Jesus says: “The stone that the builder rejected has become the cornerstone……” What is my cornerstone ? I belong to the Body of Christ. I am called to be someone who reaches out to people around me. I am

In the song “Turn, Turn, Turn” which is taken from the Book of Ecclesiastes, we hear the words, “For everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”. Today Jesus’ answer to the scribes and Pharisees is simple:

In times of trouble or difficulty, who do you go to ? Jesus’ disciples freely brought their troubles to him, because they found him always ready and able to deal with any difficulties they encountered. When Jesus entered Simon Peter’s house

One of my favorite places in the Holy Land is Capernaum. The ruins of this town are located on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. In Jesus’ time it was a very large city and a major route for travelers. Peter

We babysat for our four year old granddaughter all weekend. There is nothing better to hear than, “I love you Grandpa.” When we took her home she was so excited to see her baby sister and give her a big hug. Think

There is a virtue in our Catholic tradition called magnanimity. It comes from two Latin words: Magna, which means great and Amina which means soul. Therefore this virtue is “Greatness of soul”. This virtue is a quality which enables me to think grand

Today’s Gospel story is one of the most gruesome in all of the Bible with the beheading of John the Baptist and then bringing the head in on a platter. Actually Herod could have killed him at anytime but he enjoyed

Today is the feast day of St. Augustine who reminds us that our hearts will not rest until they rest in the Lord. In today’s Gospel we hear the story of the ten virgins, five who took extra oil for

Today is the feast day of St. Monica who is best known as the mother of St. Augustine. Not a bad way to be known. She was a mother of two children and had an adulterous husband, all who she prayed for

For 2000 years the Jewish people knew that they were God’s chosen ones. They had separated themselves from other nations, at God’s direction, and treasured the bond between God and themselves. God had taken them as his bride.   When I think

The story of Nathanael in today’s gospel reminds us of the process of conversion. First Nathanael is told about Jesus by his friend Phillip. Second Nathanael doesn’t accept this at first but wants to look into it further. He doesn’t believe the

If you ask friends and associates, “Who do people say I am”, I wonder what kind of response you would get. Perhaps they would say you are a good coworker, or a great boss, or maybe some would say you

Today we celebrate the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Holy Spirit was an intimate and guiding force in Mary’s life. As a teenager she had to explain an unexpected pregnancy to her parents, her friends and neighbors, and especially to

Today I went in to the dentist for my regular teeth cleaning. Because of COVID I had not had this done since last summer. Needless to say my teeth were in desperate need of a good cleaning. While waiting in the office

Less may be more, but that’s not a popular concept in today’s society. Some people trace today’s “possession obsession” to the emphasis on materialism that developed following the sacrifices of World War II. Consider how small closets are in older

On the surface, today’s Gospel about the workers in the vineyard seems unfair. If I had been working in the heat all day and then someone comes at the very end of the day and receives the same wages as me,

In today’s Gospel, Jesus says it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. When Jesus lived, a camel was probably the largest animal

The Gospel today is a version of the story of the Rich Young Man.  This story is part of the first meditation on Friday morning of the Cursillo.  In this meditation we see a person who had lots of material

Today’s Gospel is the only occasion where we see Jesus ministering outside of Jewish Territory. He is in Tyre and Sidon which is 50 miles north of Israel in what is present day Lebanon. A Gentile woman who was a foreigner puts

Today we celebrate the feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven. For centuries the church held this belief of Mary’s Assumption, but it wasn’t until 1950 that Pope Pius XII declared this to be an official teaching of the Catholic

Today is the feast day of St. Maximilian Kolbe. The most famous story of him took place in the Nazi Concentration Camp at Auschwitz. In July 1941 there was an escape from the camp. Camp protocol required that 10 men be slaughtered for

On Thursday night of Cursillo our meditations focus on getting to know ourselves and getting to know the Father, who is a God of mercy and love. We reflect upon a God who loves us unconditionally and always forgives us if

For many years I have had Football season tickets to the San Diego (now Los Angeles) Chargers.  As a child my grandfather was a season ticket holder for Notre Dame Football and would take me to home games. Later when

Ask a child, who usually drives you to sports practice or your friend’s house or the movies, and they’ll reply, Mom or Dad.  Ask them where they get their clothes or favorite toys and the reply will be, Mom or

Today is the feast day of St Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr. I would say he is one of the three most recognized Deacon Saints along with St. Stephen and St. Francis of Assisi. He was a deacon in Rome in the

We are all familiar with today’s story of Peter trying to walk on water. Today as I read it I have to ask myself, does the Lord Jesus seem distant when trials or adversity come my way ? It was Jesus who

I want to start by saying how good it was to see everyone this morning at SOL. Being with you all, even on Zoom, made me really happy. I know from many years of experience that I am happy when my heart

Jesus said; “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life ? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay everyone according to

On our last Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, we were scheduled to have Mass in Magdala. However a bicycle race around the Sea of Galilee closed all the roads to vehicle traffic. At the last minute we were able to schedule a

Imagine the agony of the mother in today’s gospel whose daughter was tormented by demons. Imagine the near physical pain she felt in her heart, the kind of pain that only a mother’s love can feel. This mother’s love also gave her

Today Christ is telling us about essentials. The Pharisees on the other hand were focused on their traditions. Many of these were good and were initiated to help people, but they lost sight of their meaning rather than strict observance of their

After Jesus dismissed the crowd in today’s Gospel, he went up the mountain by himself to pray. He was willing to leave the comfort of others to be alone with God. Being alone in silence away from others for a long period

The food that fed the large crowd was the food that the disciples had there to use. It wasn’t like Jesus made bread come down from heaven or fish come out of the grass. Jesus simply took what the disciples had and

First I want to thank Deacon Kevin for doing the reflections last week while I was in Texas. I enjoyed reading them and thought he did a wonderful job. Besides it’s good practice for him !! __________ John the Baptist had

Reflection July 31 st – Matthew 13 54-58 A profit is not without honor, except in his own country and house. I learned the true meaning of this scripture when I made my Cursillo, and returned to bloom where I

Reflection July 30 th – Matthew 13 47-53 Today we hear of the net thrown into the sea that gathers in fish of every kind. The story reminds us that the net is our church, we are the fishermen, and

Reflection July 29 th – Luke 10 38-42 Today we hear the story of Martha and Mary when Jesus came to visit them. Martha wanted to serve Jesus by doing – keeping busy, having a spotless house and preparing a

Reflection July 28 th – Matthew 13: 36-43 Today Jesus tells us about the parable of the weeds in the field of wheat. The weeds are planted by the enemy. They block out the light, leaving good plants in darkness.

Reflection July 27 th – Matthew 13: 31-35 Today’s Gospel is about the mustard seed. It is the smallest of all seeds, yet it grows into the largest of plants. Jesus’ disciples were like the mustard seed. They were small

Reflection July 26 th – Matthew 13: 44-52 Today’s gospel tells us of a farm worker and a merchant that both found great treasures. These treasures were their faith. They both went “all-in”. selling everything they had to keep it.

Jesus named James and his brother John; “sons of thunder “ for a reason.  They were so zealous in what they did,  even wanting to call down fire on a Samaritan village that opposed Jesus.  Which makes me ponder, if

In the parable of the sower, Jesus tells us about the way he gives out his gifts, especially the gift of God’s Word.  Jesus might say, I know that in you there are footpaths and some rocky ground, and some

Have you ever wished you could have lived at the time and place of Jesus so you could have listened to him first hand ?  I wonder if we did live then, would we believe in him or be skeptical. 

“ I will seek him, Whom my heart loves .” Song of Songs 3:2 Love can never be completely satisfied .  Love in a sense is restless, because love cannot rest until all is well with the one loved.  Love

What is the goal of my life ?  This is a fundamental question we must ask ourselves. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: the Father made us so that we may know, love, and serve the Lord in this

The prophet Micah reminds us what we have been told and what God requires of us: “Only to do the right and to love goodness and to walk humbly with our God,”. God is simply telling us to get back

In his parable of the weeds and wheat, Jesus tells us what we already know, that evil exists in our world.  All we have to do is turn on TV to see evidence of it all around us.  I don’t

All Jesus needs is a small ember of faith to change a person’s life.  For instance, we cannot force another person to love us of trust us.  Neither does God.   Likewise God respects the very freedom he entrusted to us.

Throughout the Bible, God has spoken through dramatic signs.  Gideon saw the morning dew dampen only the ground and not his fleece blanket.  Balaam heard God’s message through a talking donkey.  Noah saw a rainbow in the sky as proof

Today is the Feast Day of Mary under the title of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. I’ve been to Mt. Carmel four times and celebrated mass there each time. I would have to say it’s one of the prettiest spots

We just returned from Arizona where we celebrated our Grand daughters First birthday !  It amazing to see how she has grown.  She crawls now and loves to climb everywhere. This sometimes means she needs to be rescued by her

The Governor of California has shut many business again, so here we are again to ponder, where are we going. Perhaps this is a good time to ask ourselves: Is my life moving toward God, or away from Him ? 

Most people enjoy a really good love story.  My wife Sheila watches the Hallmark Channel because they still have descent wholesome love stories.  In fact it’s about the only channel we both watch these days. But the greatest love story

In today’s parable of the sower, Jesus tells us about the way he gives out gifts, especially the gift of the Word of God.  He tells us that in all of our lives we have footpaths, some rocky ground and

It was so good to see those who participated this morning in our monthly School of Leaders .  Even though we are restricted in being physically together it’s important that we remain in contact with one another !  It’s important

Jesus never said it would be easy, he only promised us that it would be worth it.  If it was easy to do his work, there would be no shortage of disciples.  He knows however that what makes It possible

Who were the people that Jesus called to follow him.  They were ordinary fishermen.  They didn’t look different than any of the other townspeople.  They didn’t look pious. They were regular folks.  When Jesus called them they were mending their

In the gospel today Jesus calls his disciples by name and sends them out with the proclamation; “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  The fact is he has called you by name to go out and do the same

In the Gospel  today they bring to Jesus a man possesses by a demonic who could not speak on the hope that Jesus would set him free. These neighbors undoubtedly took pity on him because of his double impediment.  Jesus

What kind of foundation is my life built on ?  What principles have I built my life around ?  Most people sincerely want to do the right thing. But it can be difficult when we go through a serious crisis

We are currently in a period in our Catholic Church we call Ordinary Time.  During this time we wear green vestments representing a time of growth and hope.  Thinking about this year however I do not think I would use

Happy July 4th. To everyone.  Be safe!  My reflection today is a prayer from the American Family Association web site written by Dave Butts. ______________________________ Father of all that is, I thank you for calling into being the United States

Today is the feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle.  He is often called “Doubting Thomas “ because he did not believe the others had seen the Lord.  It wasn’t until he saw Jesus that he proclaimed the Easter Proclamation

When a paralytic was brought to Jesus by his friends, Jesus did the unthinkable.  He first forgave his sins. The man’s companions were concerned about his physical condition, but for Jesus his priority was the condition of the man’s soul.

In the first reading today from the prophet Amos we read; “Seek good and not evil that, you may live.  Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate.”  What great words for us as we witness

One day they were up on the Syrian boarder in Caesarea Philippi and he ask his disciples; “Who do people say that the Son Of Man is?”  I have stood on that spot several times and pondered that question.  Jesus

In the previous two chapters of Matthew’s gospel we hear about nine powerful miracles.  Today as we begin chapter ten, Jesus sends out his disciples to be prophets to the Jews.  Having witnessed these nine miracles, he now expects them

The Centurion in today’s gospel was a very important person.  By his very name he was in charge of 100 Roman soldiers.  Centurions were the backbone of the Roman army and the glue that held the army together when they

At the time of Jesus if you had leprosy you were separated from the community and lived in isolation. If a healthy person approached, you had to call out “unclean”. There was good reason for this isolation because they knew it was

Yesterday I mentioned we were in Boise, Idaho visiting parish and Cursillo friends Gary and Carol Ritchens. Somehow this part of my message got edited out! So I mention it again to thank them for their hospitality! We need to be careful

Today is the feast of St. John the Baptist.  Christmas was placed on what was thought to be the shortest day of the year so that after Christ’s birth the days and daylight increase. John the Baptist’s feast day was

Jesus says; “Stop judging, that you may not be judged.  For as you judge, so will you be judged….”.  It’s hard for us not to judge others especially those who look or speak differently than myself.  Our society and economy

First of all, Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers reading this reflection. May God bless you to be that role model your children and family need ! In my life I have had many jobs and many job

Did you know that Jesus asks more than 300 questions in the four Gospels?  By contrast, he directly answers just a handful.  Today he tells Mother Mary when they find him in the temple; “Did you not know that I

For any of life’s major commitments, you simply have to give up some things.  For example, when we get married we relinquish some individual freedom such as autonomous decision making and total financial control.  But we gain more important things

Today Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray. It is a prayer most of us learned when we were small children. The problem is that we know the Our Father so well, we can rattle off the words without really having

Today Jesus tells us not to pray like the hypocrites who pray so that people may see them praying on street corners or places of worship. He says when we pray go to your inner room and pray to the

Every time I make the sign of the cross, I am signing myself with the Trinity, with Christ and with the Word of God.  But there is much more to being a disciple or traveler than just making the sign

Our reading today about turning the other cheek is very misunderstood. Jesus is not talking about the right to defend ourselves, but rather he is talking about the temptation to retaliate.  Sadly retaliation is part of our culture today.  Turn

Today is the feast of The Body and Blood of Christ.  What a great day to open up our churches once again ! Last week as I was coming out of Vons Grocery Story with my mask on, a lady

55 years ago a woman named Sheila said “I do” before God’s holy altar and married me.  What a blessings for me and a support for me as a deacon all these years. In our reading today Elijah is in

Growing up I am the oldest of a brother plus two half brothers and two half sisters.  My full brother is six years younger than me.  I would have to say that as children I picked on him a lot. 

We know the power of prayer by interacting with people who have received its healing power.  The prophet Elijah calls on God to start a fire dosed in water after none of the pagan gods could do it.  He was

In the Bible, The Jews usually associated a mountain as being closer to God.  In Matthew’s Gospel he places Jesus on a mountain to indicate that Jesus Actions or message is important.  That is why the Beatitudes take place on

One year on my birthday I was in Kyoto, Japan all alone in my hotel room.  It was one of the first times I was ever homesick and feeling very much alone. Everyone feels alone at some time in their

The good news is that our churches are beginning to open.  I sort of feel like St. Paul who says to us today; “I have finished the race.  I have kept the faith.”  But have we really finished the race

We all love to receive gifts.  Jesus promised his disciples a special gift. He told them he would give them another advocate to be with them forever, namely his Spirit. Jesus made that same promise to me.  I don’t always

Why was it that those close to Jesus, at least in the beginning of his ministry, had difficulty with him ? Perhaps they had watched him grow up as a “normal” child leading a normal life. He seemed like one

Today I drove back to California from spending two weeks in Arizona with my grand daughters.  I was thinking as I loaded the car that Jesus told his apostles to travel light.  It sounded good at the time.  The reason

I am beginning today with a quote from Bishop Donald Hying of Madison, Wisconsin.  “Racism is always a sin. Our society can and will, by the grace of God, overcome the injustices with which this sin infects our community.  If

When we look at the senseless killing of George Floyd, the rioting in our cities, the looting and defacing of businesses and churches, the limiting of the number of people allowed in a church due to Covid-19, It’s hard to

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