Deaconed on the Word Posts

  • Saint Sebastian January 20, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The gospel that I just read is from the tenth chapter of Matthew. It is when Jesus sends out the apostles to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons.” He adds, “Freely you have received; freely give”. For 42 versus, in that chapter, Jesus tells them what to ...
  • Shiny boots January 18, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a story of a young man that decided to attend the Sunday service at the local church. He was very nervous, seeing that he had not been to a Sunday service in quite a while, so he took out his best pair of jeans, and white collared shirt and washed them so that ...
  • The Leprosy of Dorian Gray January 13, 2022Ed Schmidt
    One of the books that we were required to read in high school was the Portrait of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde. The basic story was of an exceptionally vain young man that sits to have a portrait painted of himself. He is immediately struck by his own beauty and wishes that he would never ...
  • Listen first January 13, 2022Ed Schmidt
    My brother has three children, two girls and a boy. All three are great kids and we were fortunate enough to know them while they were growing up. Allan was the middle child and a very typical boy. He would get into his share of trouble partially because he was the forgotten middle child and ...
  • The glass on the left or the glass on the right January 6, 2022Ed Schmidt
    The other day, I was in a class for two students that are studying to receive the sacrament of the Eucharist this April. We were talking about prayer, and I asked them if they knew any prayers …. after some thought they said “no”. “Really, you don’t know any prayers?” They thought about it for ...
  • Feeding the entire world January 4, 2022Ed Schmidt
    There is a show on television that is hosted by magicians Penn & Teller that is called “Fool us”. It is billed as a magic competition television program in which magicians perform tricks in front of the American magician-comedian duo. The point is to Fool them, to perform a magical trick that even Penn & ...
  • A resolution pass January 2, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When I was a kid the feast of the Epiphany was a big deal. We would typically take the figures of the three kings out of the nativity box on Thanksgiving and set them on their journey. They would start in the basement, and head for the place where we would always put the Christmas ...
  • The mother of God January 1, 2022Ed Schmidt
    When the Deacon is assisting the priest during the celebration of the mass there is a particular point, while the bread and wine are being prepared, that he says a particular blessing. After he pours the wine into the chalice, he follows up with a drop or two of water and says, “by the mystery ...
  • Just the facts ma’am December 29, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Do you remember that 1960’s TV show Dragnet? Sargent Joe Friday would follow “an actual case from official police files. From beginning to end, from crime to punishment, Dragnet a story of your police force in action!” There was a quote that Sargent Friday was famous for: “we want the facts ma’am, just the ...
  • Our holy innocence December 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents. Sometimes referred to as “Childermas”, the feast celebrates what were believed to be the deaths of the first Christian martyrs. The actual number of these little martyrs is much debated. In the Syrian Christian litany of Saints, the number is as high as 64,000. In the byzantine ...
  • Yahweh is gracious December 23, 2021Ed Schmidt
    If you are anything like me, you know the origins and the meaning of you name. Out of academic interest more than anything else, not that I was ever going to change my name, but I wanted to know where it came from. The name Edwin comes from the old English elements “ead” meaning blessed ...
  • Our Visitation December 21, 2021Ed Schmidt
    For more than 700 years we have had the rosary as a wonderful example of prayerful reflections focusing on the Incarnation, Passion and triumph of Jesus. As tradition has it, St. Dominic was visited by the Mother Mary, outside of Provence France, who told him to add 15 lessons, the mysteries, to the tradition of ...
  • Advent Journeys December 18, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was little, we used to spend most of our summers visiting my mother’s family in South Texas. We lived outside Washington DC and right after school let out, we would pack all of our stuff into the family station wagon and drive the 1,700 miles to the Rio Grande Valley. My mother comes ...
  • He loves us, He really, really loves us December 16, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When you begin to study the bible, you find that not only are the 4 gospels written in slightly different styles, but they are also written to slightly different audiences. Matthew was written to the Jewish converts to Christianity. While Mark was written to the non-Jews that were embracing the teachings of Jesus. You can ...
  • Actions speak Louder December 13, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Who of us, having had to deal with children, has not heard today’s gospel in real life? Just name the situation, clean up your room, go finish your homework, stop hitting your sister. And how many times is the first response, “I will not”? This seems to be the universal experience from parents to teachers ...
  • Questions for the Holidays December 12, 2021Ed Schmidt
    In 1955, the very popular TV show the Honeymooners had an episode that was titled “twas the night before Christmas”. The show opens on the night before Christmas with Ralph and Alice hiding their presents for each other in their small apartment. As the evening progresses people come and go dropping off gifts and exchanging ...
  • Prepare ye the way of the Lord December 9, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Growing up, I was fortunate to live in a neighborhood that had a lot of boys my own age. There were eight of us that were all about the same age. We seemed to do everything together, especially in the summer. Where we lived was not far from a county park and a large lake. ...
  • Mary, did you know … December 5, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Yesterday morning, Carmen sent out her regular bulletin email bast and included a one-page document on the origins and traditions of the First Saturday Devotion. The practice of reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary on the First Saturday was initiated in Rovigo, Italy, by Mary Inglese, a Servite tertiary in 1889. She started among ...
  • Gingerbread Foundations December 1, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Last week we went to North Carolina for thanksgiving. Our daughter lives there with our two grandchildren and it was decided that we would all go there this year. Our son in law is deployed to Turkey this year so she is a single parent for the next few months and we though that it ...
  • Our Perfect Life Saver November 30, 2021Ed Schmidt
    This morning’s gospel reading is Matthew’s account of the calling of apostles James, John, Andrew and Peter. As we expect from Mathew, it is short and to the point. Jesus says come and they drop what they are doing and follow Him. In the version from the Gospel of St. Luke the story is a ...
  • … a lot like Advent” November 18, 2021Ed Schmidt
    This evening we start our bible study on the season of advent. Tonight’s subject will be the prophesies that foretold the coming of the savior. I have not given anything away by sharing this information, but if you come tonight, you can look surprised when I introduce the topic. As I was researching the subject, ...
  • Zacchaeus and the Sycamore tree November 16, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was very young the story of Zacchaeus fascinated me. In school we sang a song about him. It went something like this; Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he. He climbed up a sycamore tree for the lord he wanted to see. And as the savior passed that ...
  • The Temples of God November 9, 2021Ed Schmidt
    46 years to build one project? And I thought that it took a long time to get something built here in Crested Butte. Imagine the contractors’ fees on that project. The temple of Jerusalem, that the individuals referred to in the Gospel, was constructed by Herod. It was started in 20 BC and finished right ...
  • Listening with our Hearts November 6, 2021Ed Schmidt
    It is a little hard for me to admit this to you, but my wife and I have trouble listening to each other. Listening is not the right word, maybe it is just that we don’t always hear each other. It is not that we don’t get along or don’t agree on most things, after ...
  • Psalm 135 November 6, 2021Ed Schmidt
    When I was in high school, I was fascinated by the stories of ancient mythology. The stories of gods and goddesses were romantic and epic. They seemed to elevate the human attributes to superlative natures. The human characteristics of beauty, strength, speed and agility were all personified into the identities of a deity. Human desires ...
  • A Lost Necklace November 3, 2021Ed Schmidt
    Quite a few years ago Mary and I were renovating an old house that we had bought. It seems as though we are always renovating some old house that we had bought. This one was very tiny, the upstairs / attic had dividers made of bed sheets when we bought it partitioning off two “bedrooms”. ...
  • Previews of the Kingdom November 1, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • The Scribe’s Question October 31, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Saints Simon & Jude October 28, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Pinched Nerve October 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • Seeing in the Dark October 27, 2021Ed Schmidt
  • The Screwtape Letters October 21, 2021Ed Schmidt
    There is a great book, written by a very interesting author, called the Screwtape letters. You may have read it, or heard me mention it, the book was written right after the second world war by CS Lewis. He was also the author of the Chronicles of Narnia series, one of the most overtly Christian ...