Jesus’ Palm Sunday Commandment

In the three years that Jesus preached, healed the sick, and brought the dead back to life. He lived a consistent holy life. I believe this is why in such a short period of time Jesus was able to attract so many people to Christianity and His new Church. My brothers and sisters, we are all here today because we are attracted to the love of Jesus and His teachings. Over two-thousand years later His messages in the Gospels are still showing us the way to live a holy Christ …

Why Are You Catholic

Most of us practice the faith we are in because it is the faith we were raised in, the faith our parents told us to practice. I was raised a Southern Baptist because that was the faith in which my parents were raised. Regardless of the faith one is a part of, one is certain the truth lays within the teachings of their faith. I can say with certainty our rich Catholic faith holds the full deposit of the truth. The truth is Jesus ordained Peter as the Church’s first …

The Beatitudes Of Dining With Christ

One of those at the table with Jesus said to him, “Blessed is the one who will dine in the Kingdom of God.” Over the past several days, all but one of the Gospel readings have been about Jesus dining with the Pharisees and events that took place during the meal. Interestingly enough today’s Gospel is similar to the well-know, beatitudes that Jesus taught in His Sermon on The Mount. On All Saints day, the Gospel reading was the Beatitudes and today Jesus’ teaching starts out in the form of …

My Yoke Is Easy

What does Jesus mean when he tells us to come to Him and He will give us rest? The first thing Jesus asks us to do is take His yoke, put it on and learn from Him. He’s telling us that through His yoke and the lessons that we can learn from wearing it that we will find peace or rest. Jesus’ statement also suggests that we are already wearing a yoke. One made of doubt, uncertainty, fear, sin, worry, bad habits, and a lack of hope. The burden that …

Hail Mary Full Grace

The Holy Family is the perfect model of two loving parents focused on raising their Child to be a humble, servant of God. While Joseph played an important role, it is Mary, the mother of Jesus, that we know the best. In Jesus’ final words to His mother, as He was dying on the cross… When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son.” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And with those words Jesus gave his Mother to all of us. Mary became your mother and mine. Mary is, without question, the greatest mother to ever live. As our heavenly mother, she is always there for us.
Our mother Mary is there for all of us in many of the same ways that our earthly mother is there for us. She is our greatest possible intercessory prayer partner. Whatever we ask her in prayer that doesn’t go against her Son’s teachings, she will deliver to the foot of our Heaven Father. Then His will be done.
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Pentecost and The Holy Spirit

Approximately Eleven hundred days, that is the number of days that the disciples spent with the most amazing man to ever walk the face of the earth. More importantly, they got to know the man. I’m sure you can imagine how it would feel to know that someone you have grown close to, someone you have grown to truly love is going away. I know I would be confused, concerned, worried, I would also feel curious about how it would change, my life and how I would feel about the changes. I’m guessing that is how the twelve felt. The good news however is Jesus' promise of the coming advocate, the Holy Spirit. As He said in today’s Gospel, “For if I do not go, the Advocate will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.”
I truly believe the Holy Spirit is an overlooked treasure and gift from God we don’t turn to enough. He is always there for us, we simply need to turn to Him and ask for the assistance of the Holy Spirit. We need to find ways to be filled with the Holy Spirit everyday of our lives.
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The Power Of Prayer

Jesus taught his disciples: "Ask and it will be given to you; Your Father knows what you need before you ask him." Jesus is trying to teach us the importance of prayer, and is offering more detail on how to bring our petitions to His Father. More importantly, He is telling us that our prayers, when brought to His Father in the correct way, are very effective. When we pray, first we have to lift up our hearts and minds to God because we sincerely love Him. So we might say something like… Dear Lord, you are kind and merciful, a God of compassion. I come to you in need. Please hear my prayer. We then need to give God thanks. So we might say something like… Lord, I thank you for the many blessing that you have given me and the graces that you have bestowed upon me. We then need to present to God our needs. So we ask Him for exactly what it is that we need, we make our request with a truly humble heart. We might say something like…Dear Lord, I find myself in a moment of desperate need, I need to feed my family and get to work tomorrow morning, if you can please hear and grant my request for the money to do those things, I would be humbly grateful.   Read more

The Word of Christ

I think that Jesus was and still is the greatest teacher ever. His method of teaching with parables has successfully taught literally Billions of people all over the world for past 2,000 plus years and His teaching methods still work today. When Jesus started teaching most of the people that He taught could not read or write. When Jesus would teach, He didn’t have the disciples waiting at the foot of the mountain passing out copies of what He said. He needed to teach people in a way that they …

I’m Deacon Ken Welcome To My Blog

[av_textblock size='' font_color='' color='' admin_preview_bg=''] St. Lawrence was one of the first seven deacons ordained into the Catholic Church. As a loyal servant to Pope St. Sixtus, Deacon Lawrence was martyred three days after Pope St. Sixtus was martyred. The Romans who had Deacon Lawrence martyred were so angry with him that they wanted to make his death as torturous as possible, so they had him slowly roasted alive.
The first seven deacons were ordained with the same words that are used today to ordain all permanent deacons. Becoming an ordained Catholic deacon in September of 2016 was one of the most humbling experiences in my life. It took the love, support and patience of several people to get me to that day and I will be eternally grateful to all of them and will continue to pray for each of them daily.
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