“He has real charity toward his enemies who, when he suffers injustice, thinks first of all of the harm the unjust one has done to his own soul.”

                        — St Francis of Assisi

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Links to interesting articles and web sites I think are worth reading or visiting, and some holy music while you meditate. your suggestions are welcome.

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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 57 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 studies 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 30 years and I love my ministry and all the people I have met through it. Officially I am a retired deacon, with faculties, as of my 75th birthday, however I continue to participate liturgically at Our Lady of the Valley Parish. A deacon has no official parish except the cathedral since he answers to the Archbishop but he may work in any parish with the pastor’s permission.

    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.”


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