Approximately nine years ago during my diaconal ordination, the late Archbishop John Donoghue gave these instructions to me as a part of the ordination rite. He held my hands very tightly as we both gripped the Book of The Gospel. His trembling voice echoed these instructions in my mind and heart as I listened attentively to each phrase, “Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.’
Those words inspired me share this philosophy with my parish family. Initially, I became involved in the RCIA Program. Years later, my wife, Kim, and I decided to work with parishioner, Rudy Cadney to start a bible study class. Reading the bible and Catechism during our bible study classes and my diaconal formation has given me the tools to understand scriptures and to discern what it means to live a life according to God’s plan.
Each day, I try reading the scriptures as a way of listening to the voice of God. I love teaching others about the bible and our Roman Catholic faith.
Lent is right around the corner. Let us prepare ourselves for this 40-day journey by reading and studying God’s word. Let us teach God’s word to those who we encounter and live a life practicing what we teach.
‘Believe what you read. Teach what you believe. Practice what you teach.’ Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, I urge you to allow these words to penetrate your hearts and minds just as they have mine.
Rev. Mr. Leviticus Jelks, II