Two Years Down

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Two years down, two years to go. My journey towards becoming a permanent deacon has been…well, a journey. There have been highs and lows but the journey has been awesome so far.

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There’s an old saying, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” I really wish I remembered that one before I started the diaconate formation program LOL. I had already started to plot out what I was going to do if and when I became ordained a deacon. I’m laughing about it now because two years into the program, I don’t have a single plan and I’m going to leave it all in the hands of God…just like I should have all along.

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Obedience & being a servant have been the keys all along. Being obedient to the changes that you need to go through, obedient and a servant to your priest, your wife, your family and others.

Some of the best words of advice in regards to diaconate formation came from my deacon adviser, he said, “Be like clay.” I try my hardest everyday to do just that. Everyday I learn something new about my faith and quite often, about myself. Today is a great day…it’s a great day to be a Christian! Buen Camino everyone & God bless.

2018: The Year of Lost Friends

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Any other day, I would be here at work with some music playing and going through my normal everyday routine but, today is different. It’s so quiet, you could literally hear a pin drop.

Yesterday my bride and I found out that a friend of ours passed away. This was all due to a freak accident. So yesterday we were in shock and today is no different. There is no making sense of this whole thing, this I know, but it doesn’t make it any easier knowing that.

I’ve lost two dear friends this year and the year is half way over. I’ve seen many people on social media say things like “I’m done with 2018” and messages that are more derogatory than that. It just seems that 2018 has not been a good year for some people and I get it. I usually don’t place any emphasis on a year, month, date, etc… based off of emotions or life events but I get why people do.

Keep this in mind people, we are only on this earth for a very short time. Even if we live to be 100 years old, it is minuscule compared to eternity. I for one believe in heaven and hell and I believe that what we do, what we say, how we live our lives to serve God will determine where we spend eternity. I truly believe that my friends are with God and I for one want to do what I need to so that when my time comes, I will be able to see them and my family members who have gone before them.

I know that God had his reason for taking her, the human part of me is angry because of it but I trust God and I know that all things are done for His greater glory and our friend believed that too. Her faith is what got her through life and I’m sure that she has heard God say, “Well done good and faithful servant. Enter into the kingdom.”

Life is precious, life is too short to hold onto resentment, anger, jealousy, etc… Jesus Christ gave us one commandment and that was to “Love each other as I have loved you” John 15:12. Love one another, forgive one another and pray for one another.

Rest In Peace, My Dear Freind