The Deacon's Bench

The Deacon's Bench

“We have to show God’s love in action…”

bishop gustavo lead photo.jpg“I don’t find it difficult to pray. All the training and experiences I’ve had help me to pray today in spite of a busy schedule. I was never told, ‘You have to pray this many hours every day.’ From an early age, I connected faith to action. Faith is assimilated through action. When people want me to do another workshop or retreat for young adults considering religious life, sometimes I tell them that that ‘alone’ is not going to do it. Why not have the young adults bring clothes to a family that’s just moved into the neighborhood from Mexico? If we want to know God’s love, we have to show God’s love in action.


At the same time, if I don’t have the experience of God in me, I cannot share it with anyone else. I spend an hour each morning and an hour and a half every evening in prayer. I like to pray in the chapel before the Blessed Sacrament. I need to be acquainted with the Lord. I cannot live without him. I need that time to allow Jesus to show me how to be a friend of his.”

Bishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller,
just named to be Archbishop of San Antonio.

Read more about him.
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Deacon Chick

posted October 14, 2010 at 9:36 am

San Antonio is blessed to have such a shepherd appointed.Bishop Gustavo is certainly a man of faith, a man of devotion and a man of the people. He will be sorely missed and long remembered in Chicago.

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posted October 14, 2010 at 1:14 pm

Perhaps someone will mention to the new Archbishop that the use of glass for sacred vessels is a condemned practice.

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posted October 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm

I am agast at all those glasses in the altar. Is it a cheese and wine party or a Mass?

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Art ND'76

posted October 14, 2010 at 2:35 pm

God bless him! The church desperately needs more bishops and priests like him. Prayer then action. If you truly want to do the best for anyone else (true love), you will seek advice of someone who knows more than you – starting with the One who knows all.
The comments about the glass vessels on the altar sadden me, as they remind me of the Pharisee’s comments to Jesus concerning His apostles not washing their hands…

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posted October 14, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Art, the Church is hierarchical. The new Archbishop understands that, and so should you. The Church sometimes speaks authoritatively, with the assurance that when we hear her doing so, we hear Jesus himself. Well, the Church has spoken authoritatively about the total inadmissibility of glass and other breakable vessels for celebration of the Eucharist. If you have a problem with this, you have a problem with Jesus and his Father who sent him. Obedience is hard — and you know what, Art? — Our Lord understands that. If we want to be like him, we too must be obedient. If we don’t want to be like him, there is no hope for us. It’s an either/or world, Art.

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Art ND'76

posted October 15, 2010 at 12:18 pm

So your original point was concerning obedience. That is certainly more important than a rule concerning glass vessels or not. I am not that good at pharisee arguments, and I have long forgotten where I read it, but I thought there were exceptions to that rule depending upon circumstances. Certainly those who love Jesus will be diligent concerning proper procedure out of love and respect – but there are too many who make proper procedure their God.

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