With Eyes of Faith

By Deacon John De Gano

 In response to Pope Francis’ now famous ‘smell of the sheep’ comment, I went up a mountain in the wee hours of Easter morning hoping for a spiritual encounter with the Living God through those participating in the annual Easter Sunrise Service on Mt. Rubidoux.

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By Deacon John De Gano

 “Teach us to pray…” asked the disciples of Jesus after noticing that John the Baptizer had taught his followers to pray.

 He responded to their request with the Our Father prayer.

 Many say it’s the perfect prayer… Combining praise, petition, remorse and trust.

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By Deacon John Degano

 Fires burning in the fireplace. Hot chocolate on the stove… And snowflakes gently falling as we hurried to our rental car from our late afternoon conference session on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana.

 As a native Southern Californian, my wife, Cheryl, isn’t used to “weather.” You know, the thing that causes the leaves to change color, or groundhogs to hibernate…

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By Deacon John Degano

 We are collectors of stuff, aren’t we?

 We buy things on sale when we don’t really need them. We find things and bring them home thinking that someday we’ll put them to good use only to discover years later that we still haven’t moved them from that temporary storage place where we put them for safe keeping.

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