With Eyes of Faith

By Deacon John Degano

 Recently, I had reason to wonder if the Magi felt they were chasing shadows as they made their circuitous journey in search of the new born king of the Jews?

 Our 1,300 mile journey began with Christmas with my wife Cheryl’s family in Greensboro, North Carolina. We then drove to Cincinnati, Ohio (to visit an aunt who had broken a leg) and then east to Reagan National Airport in Washington D.C. for our flight home.

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By Deacon John Degano

It’s not Christmas until Jesus lies in the Manger


 Several years ago Cheryl and I had the opportunity to be on the campus of the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana during Advent. We had come to a social justice conference and were being shown about by our friend and diaconate formation director, Father Bob Nogosek, CSC, when we realized that there were Nativity scenes in every building and in some cases, multiple scenes.

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By Deacon John Degano

 I stumbled across a listing for my old college ceramics instructor the other day while surfing the Internet for an obituary I wanted to make reference to during the graveside service I would be celebrating at Riverside National Cemetery.

 My teacher had not died (I am happy to report) but was alive and well and following his muse around the world and here in the Los Angeles basin.

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By Deacon John Degano

 The temperature outside was in the high 90s to low 100s. The water temperature was 87 – 89 degrees. And my friend with the pool was at Kmart attempting to buy chlorine. 

 She walked quickly past the aisle with the Halloween costumes and another one with fake Christmas trees and room décor but when she arrived where the pool products were kept, she was informed that it was a ‘seasonal’ item and they no longer had it in stock.

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By Deacon John Degano

 I attended a wedding of the daughter of a co-worker recently and heard the familiar words, “For this reason a man shall leave his mother and a woman leave her home…” And I wondered if the couple truly understood what changes in their lives these powerful words meant.

 In the movie “When Harry met Sally,” there is a scene where the newly married couple argue over a piece of furniture. He wants to keep it. She thinks it’s hideous and refuses to let it remain in their house. In the end, the ‘yard sale’ wagon wheel table ends up at the curb.

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