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Thou Shalt Keep Holy the Lord’s Day

by Edward Pentin

by Brian Kranick

Sounds to Awaken the Soul

Deacon Joe, is what they call me.
I am Joseph Herman Robert Meilinger IV. In my youth I studied to be a priest for 6 years. Left the seminary and studied at Loyola University, Chicago, majoring in philosophy with a minor in psychology. Eventually married a wonderful woman, Denise Travers, the mother of my four children, to whom I have been married for 56 years. I have four, practicing Catholic children and 11 grand children who are my pride and joy.

    My great grandfather, grandfather, and father were butchers. I began to learn butchering at the age of 9. So it is not surprising that I made my living in the meat industry. I began with Hygrade Foods, was a buyer for A&P Tea Co, and finished in Colorado as a VP of sales and marketing for Monfort of Colorado for 27 years. After that I went to work for the Church full time.

    When my children became adults I was called back to ministry in the Church. Thanks to Vatican Council II I was able to take four more years of formation and I was ordained a deacon of the Church in 1989. I am a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Knights of the Holy Sepulcher. A Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus and I have practiced as a deacon for 29 years and I love my ministry and all the people I have met through it.

    I have dedicated myself to spread the Word of God to all people, thus the reason for this blog. I repeat daily the words the bishop said to me at ordination, as he handed me the Book of Gospels: “Believe what you read, teach what you believe, and practice what you teach.”



It is possible while sitting in your workshop stitching leather to consecrate your heart to God. It is possible… for the person standing over a pot cooking to make fervent and frequent prayer though it is not possible to enter a church. For God takes no thought of place. This alone He requires of us: a mind and soul that loves the things of God.

—— St. John Chrysostom