Many years ago, back at my long-ago parish home, someone would seek me out after Mass and shake my hand when it was time for the new academic year of my Diaconate studies to begin.
They would smile and, without a word, would press a few dollars discreetly into my palm – their annual gift to help me pay my tuition and book fees. I knew enough of their back-story to realize this was sacrificial on their part… truly a gift from the heart.
Their kindness reminds me of Jesus’ Parable of the Poor Widow, found in the gospels of Luke and Mark. The gift of the Widow – a couple of coins dropped into the treasury coffers – comes from her heart, as it taps into what little she has in order to make ends meet.
The annual Diaconate Formation collection takes place next weekend, Oct. 3-4. I know that your financial gift, whether online or from your envelope packet, similarly comes from your heart.
Thank you for helping defray the out-of-pocket costs of the deacon candidates inside our Archdiocese.
May God richly bless you and yours!
Peace be with you,
Deacon Tim Woods