The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“Come on in, the water’s holy!”

Check out this classic Colbert from earlier in the week.

MCPF Stephen Colbert on the pope: “He’s like a flying squirrel.”

You have to see it. Enjoy.

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posted October 29, 2009 at 11:46 pm

Dear Sir:
What the church is lacking today is priests of dedication to the work of the Lord, and I am sorry to say that some of the Caztholic Churches have priests that look like they are tired o fpreaching or doing the work of the Lord. This is my perception as to what and how a priest should do the work for the Lord.
This subject is very interesting to me, through my life I have had a fabulous adventure listening to various preachers and priest and in reality I have come to this conclusion. I have learned to separate the con man and the bible thumpers for money the real priest that are dedicated to the work of the lord and are preaching the word of the Lord by example and not just being a good speech writer and delivering something that someone else has written for them.
I arrived in to United States June 27 1959, in September of 1959 I got lucky and went to a Sermon given by Dr. Billy Graham in a baseball stadium in Columbus Ohio. I didn’t speak English but the message he delivered began to make me wonder why at the end money was going across the isles and going in to large baskets. After that I saw Billy Graham on televison.
What did I learn by that experience? A lot! Several years later I joined the Marine Corps and I continued to grow spiritually, but something was missing in my life. I needed the Lord next to me and in me each and every day. I was blessed The Lord had given me a sport talent and he guided me in to football. As I entered football my friends were going to Viet Nam. I stayed home and Played for the Marine Corps. I had lots of Chaplains and I attended lots of Churches and listened to lot of Priests give there sermons.
Preaching a Sermon and begging for money or demanding money from the parish to me to this day does not make sense at all. A priest that is dedicated to the Lord does not beg for money he preaches by his burning desire to accomplish the goals that the Lord has sent him out to do each and every day. That priest has a vision and need for his parish, he would like to see a large Sunday School, equipped with all of the necessities, the school needs computers, a Sunday School Bus to pick the children and families up from home and bring them back, te Church needs new heaters, Air Conditioners, new office equipment and more Bibles to pass out to the local county jail or prisons, to reach out needy.
That priest preaches by example. He may preach to the parish that they need to come together and start preparing for Thanksgiving, creating groups that will help with Turkey’s and food for the needy, and how he intends to reach his goal. This is what a good priest should be preaching as to how he is going to fulfill the Lords Needs and how he is going to unite his parish.
Yes we have poor examples like Dr. Scott on television out of California demanding that the parish give him $175,000.00 over night while he is sitting on the side of his swimming pool while chicks in bikinis are going around him on roller blades showing off their boobs and but.
He is someone that should not ever be allowed to be preaching. A priest preaches by demonstration and being a good example for his parish.
My father was a MACEDONIAN ORTHODOX PRIEST, he preached unity and uniting his Macedonian People together so that they would have a place to marry their young and a place to baptize the new born and a place to celebrate their unity. Through his dedication and demonstrating to the Macedonian People that they needed to come together in a foreign land, some that were Communist became Christians. Today in Columbus Ohio is an example of what a priest that escaped from a Communist Country and came to America with a vision and Guidance of the Lord can do by uniting his people together, and today ST. MARY’S MACEDONIAN ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL stands with pride of the Macedonian People and the dream of a Priest shines before the Lord.
A priest is an employee of the Lord and he serves the Lord not for money, but for comforting others to make their life comfortable. You can talk the talk but if you can’t walk the walk of the lord we as your parish can see through you. Thank you fellow Christians for taking the time to read my point of you and I hope that this sends a message to the Bible Thumpers for money and calls them self Priest’s that a Priest is a Teacher of the Lords and an example for others to follow.

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