Please say hi to God right now. Thank you. (In memory of Matty Molnar)

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Hello St. Raphael parish!

Thanks for coming to my old blog!

Just this year I started a new blog (shorter name, easier to find....). So I'd like to invite you to come on over to my new blog! To reach it, click the link below:

http://www.acts24.com/blog

God bless you,

Deacon Jacob Maurer

Thursday, January 01, 2009

A new year, a new blog!

Well, its been long in coming, but its time to unveil the new website!

Google's blogger service has been good to me for the last three years, but the lure of a more reliable service & complete control over the site has finally pushed me to purchase my own domain!

With a new site comes a new commitment. I've been very bad at updating this blog and if there is even anyone still reading this, I'd be surprised. My goal in this new blog is to post meaningful content at least twice a month, and put up minor posts weekly.

In any case, I would like to thank you for sticking around at this blog and invite you to check out my new website/blog: "Follower of the Way" at http://www.acts24.com/blog. A new reflection will be up by the end of the day, but for now, poke around and see whats new!

And hey, Happy New Year!

Peace,
Deacon Jacob Maurer

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Election day post

You know who the candidates are and what they have said they stand for.

So go out and vote. And don't just vote with your feelings or sentiments, important though they are. Vote according to what is right, what is good and true and right. And don't let anyone tell you that there are no non-negotiable issues. Life & family issues are the foundation of human dignity and human society. Our faith must guide us in choosing a national leader who will stand for Truth and look to promote Truth.

Vote - as one discerning God's will: as a Catholic.

Peace,
- Deacon Jacob Maurer

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Its coming...

Soon to be unveiled!

- Deacon Jacob Maurer

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Blog referral

I came across a new blog (for me...) that I'd like to recommend. The post I'm linking to is his most recent homily. Good stuff.

The Deacon's Bench blog.

Peace,
Deacon Jacob Maurer

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Life after ordination!

In the off chance that anyone reads still reads this, I thought I'd put in a quick update. You have my word that a more significant update will follow. I also hope to put up more regular updates again, but I think it would be more prudent to avoid making promises there....

Its been just over two months since my ordination to the deaconate. It is still something that makes me catch my breath at times! One of my friends, as he approached his priestly ordination, remarked how suddenly ordination seemed to come on him, especially after so many years in the seminary. I can empathize now.

The greatest joy so far has been to assist at the Mass a deacon. Just a few weeks ago I flew back to my internship parish in my archdiocese to be with them as a deacon - I preached at the Masses and was also blessed to be able to baptize fifteen children. It was a great occasion, for me as a new minister and to be able to share in the moment with the parents of those newest members of the Church.


Another moment of great grace was being able to assist as a deacon at the ordination of a my classmates and diocesan brother - Deacon Nicholas Wichert. If you have a little time, please offer up prayers for him. If you have a lot of time, go over to his blog (link on the right) and drop a note of congratulations. Who knows, maybe he'll even update his blog!

Peace,
Deacon Jacob Maurer

(You may notice some minor updates to the blog design. Its a work in progress, but let me know what you think)

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Deaconate Ordination!



I don't even know how to write about whats coming next: my deaconate ordination. I am to be ordained on August 23rd. A couple weeks ago I finished an amazing 36-day retreat in preparation. Now I am simply finishing small details.... and waiting.

More posts will probably show up in the days before ordination, but please (please!) pray for me as the day draws nearer. As you can probably imagine, I'm excited, nervous, anxious and a whole bundle of anticipation - even as I find myself wholly at peace with the fact that I am getting ordained!

Peace,
Jacob M