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St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
SPIRITUALITY OF THE DIACONATE
The foundation of the diaconate is intimate communion with Christ the Servant. This communion originates and deepens in the interior life, and it is here, through prayer and meditation, where the deacon truly discovers God on a personal level and, at the same time, discovers himself in a more profound way. In Encountering Christ the Servant: A Spirituality of the Diaconate, Deacon Dominic offers deacons and deacon candidates an integrated approach to diaconal life and ministry, rooted in the cultivation of the interior life.
BOOKS ON DIACONAL
THEOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY
A LAY SPIRITUALITY OF SERVICE
A great introduction to the Diaconate for the laity.
While written in the Catholic spiritual tradition, Deacon Dominic provides a new way to grow in greater intimacy with Christ by integrating a lay spirituality in everyday life. As expressed by Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers, Deacon Cerrato has provided a concise yet detailed spiritual roadmap leading to a deeper understanding of lay service. What surprised me was his approach: developing a lay spirituality of service by looking through the lens of diaconal service. Absolutely brilliant!” Whether for personal growth or use in parish share program, if you’re looking to draw closer to our Lord in the very midst of life, Discovering Christ the Servant, may be just what you need.
THEOLOGY OF THE DIACONATE
Since its implementation in 1968, the diaconate has been struggling to find its voice within the larger Church. Its suppression as a permanent part of the three-fold hierarchy for over 1000 years has left the order theologically impoverished leading to confusion as to the role and mission of the sacred office. The unique aspect of Deacon Dominic’s contribution is that it grounds diaconal theology in the interplay between divine and human love.
This book represents Deacon Dominic's earlier thought and is out of print. It is currently available as a free pdf.
FOUNDATIONS OF THE DIACONATE
Nearly fifty years after the restoration of the permanent diaconate, there is still a sense among many contemporary theologians that the theology of the diaconate, and by extension its identity and mission, requires significant development. Drawing on the expertise of eight distinguished theologians, this collection of essays offers a unique insight into the many facets of the character of the deacon. The essays are divided into four areas: the diaconate and Scripture, tradition, prayer, and action.
FIDELITY TO GOD
“No one can serve two masters,” Jesus told us, “for he will hate the one and love the other” (Mt 6:24). Freemasonry in its beliefs and practices sets itself up as another master in opposition to Christ. Learn why the Catholic Church has forbidden participation in this secret society for centuries in Serving Two Masters. Written for the person spread a bit too thin, this book is easily readable, covering the fundamentals in few words, while both informing and inspiring busy people to understand and live the faith.
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