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Barney and Clyde
A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Kevin Heim

Monday, August 10, 2020
The Feast of the St. Lawrence, Patron Saint of Deacons

An excerpt from a sermon by St. Augustin on the Feast of St. Lawrence, Patron saint of Deacons:

THE ROMAN CHURCH commends this day to us as the blessed Lawrence’s day of triumph, on which he trod down the world as it roared and raged against him; spurned it as it coaxed and wheedled him; and in each case, conquered the devil as he persecuted him. For in that Church, you see, as you have regularly been told, he performed the office of deacon; it was there that he administered the sacred chalice of Christ’s blood; there that he shed his own blood for the name of Christ. The blessed apostle John clearly explained the mystery of the Lord’s supper when he said Just as Christ laid down his life for us, so we too ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. St Lawrence understood this, my brethren, and he did it; and he undoubtedly prepared things similar to what he received at that table. He loved Christ in his life, he imitated him in his death.
And we too, brethren, if we truly love him, let us imitate him. After all, we shall not be able to give a better proof of love than by imitating his example; for Christ suffered for us, leaving us an example, so that we might follow in his footsteps. In this sentence the apostle Peter appears to have seen that Christ suffered only for those who follow in his footsteps, and that Christ’s passion profits none but those who follow in his footsteps. The holy martyrs followed him, to the shedding of their blood, to the similarity of their sufferings. The martyrs followed, but they were not the only ones. It is not the case, I mean to say, that after they crossed, the bridge was cut; or that after they had drunk, the fountain dried up.
The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes – yes, it truly includes – includes not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins, and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to despair of their vocation; Christ suffered for all. It was very truly written about him: who wishes all men to be saved, and to come to the acknowledgement of the truth.
So let us understand how Christians ought to follow Christ, short of the shedding of blood, short of the danger of suffering death. The Apostle says, speaking of the Lord Christ, Who, though he was in the form of God, did not think it robbery to be equal to God. What incomparable greatness! But he emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, and being made in the likeness of men, and found in condition as a man. What unequalled humility!
Christ humbled himself: you have something, Christian, to latch on to. Christ became obedient. Why do you behave proudly? After running the course of these humiliations and laying death low, Christ ascended into heaven: let us follow him there. Let us listen to the Apostle telling us, If you have risen with Christ, savor the things that are above us, seated at God’s right hand. V

Today, Deacons (both transitional and permanent) celebrate one who has long been viewed as the paradigm of diaconal behavior. St. Lawrence was treasurer of the Church under Pope Sixtus II. After learning he was to be arrested and share the same fate as Pope Sixtus II, he sold all the material goods of the Church and distributed them among those in need. On the day he was ordered to report with all the wealth of the Church, he brought with him a handful of crippled, poor, and sick. Asked to explain the absence of the wealth he had been ordered to bring, he said, “These are the true wealth of the Church!”
While Deacons are not often called to go to this extreme, we often are called to go where few others do. (We do not usually get the keys to the vault or the combination to the safe. While Lawrence was considered to have done the right thing, I think the Bishop might not appreciate that we gave away even the altar vessels.) If I cannot be beside myself, may I find St. Lawrence there.

O Generous patron of the Church’s poor, St. Lawrence, pray to the One God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit that all the poor of the Church in need in every corner of the world may feel the effect of the love of their brothers and sisters who seek to help them.

Deliver the Church from the greed and envy of the powerful and protect her rights and property so that she may serve the needy in freedom, giving them good things for soul and body.

May we come some day with all those whom we helped on earth to the bright mansions of heaven where we will enjoy the riches of God’s house and the company of the Savior who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen 
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including City of God small faith groups, Conversations with the Family Virtual Event, Virtual VBS, 20-21 session RE registration & lots of other great information!
Hello St. Augustin Parishioners!
These past few months have been challenging to say the least. As we start to gather in community again, we want to offer you an opportunity to become part of a small faith-sharing community within St. Augustin Parish.
On Saturday August 29th, we are going to kick-off a new program called “City of God” prayer groups at Augustin Parish. The goal of “City of God” is to form small Catholic study groups of 5-8 people. We hope that these groups will enable you to grow closer to Christ through prayer, reading, discussion, and fellowship. Read the full invitation HERE. Sign Up HERE.
Please join us for a ZOOM call to get your family talking at home! Register HERE. Sign up for the grade session closest to your child’s age (i.e. 2nd graders can participate in 1st or 3rd grade session). 

Two sessions are available to fit your family’s needs and schedules! 
 3rd, 7th, Returning High Schoolers* • Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 • 6:30 pm 
1st, 5th, High School • Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 • 6:30 pm  
 
For more information, contact Janis at (515) 255-1175 ext. 210 or janis@staugustin.org 
 
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