Let the Ordinary be Sanctified!

A collection of the writings, thoughts and ramblings of Deacon Dance. 

My hope is to inspire you to remember things you have forgotten, find things you never knew of, and help you see the Holy Spirit moving in the ordinary moments of your own life.

How to pray for everyone in your life

Today I hope to give you something actually useful. Here’s the problem: People often ask me to pray for them. It’s a good idea, I should do that. I bet people ask you the same. There are many other people you know you should pray for. How do you keep all of these people in your intentions? There is only so much of the day you can pray rosaries. You

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Waking up to apologetics

I am writing this on a Saturday morning. I stayed up a little too late last night, but that’s okay, because it’s my one morning a week I can sleep in a little. So you can imagine that I wasn’t excited to get woken up by a text. I leaned over to read it with sleepy eyes, and a groggy mind. A protestant gentleman I met after Mass one day

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Dunk the Deacon

So last week was homecoming for the school I work with, and somehow, they thought it would be fun to put me in the dunk tank. For those who don’t know what a dunk tank is, you have a special seat on a hinge that  releases the person sitting on it, dropping them into a huge bucket of water. The release button is a big button that people try to

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Korean Saints – Andrew Kim Taegon, Paul Chong Hasang and Companions

Tomorrow we celebrate a few of my personal favorite Saints, and they are not commonly talked about, so I thought I’d chime in a bit in hopes to increase devotion to these incredible men by focusing on their leader, St. Kim, as well as share just a smidgen of the incredible story of the conversion of Korea. It is truly unique, I have heard nothing like it anywhere. I’ll start

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The Jesus Prayer

I adore the rich diversity of devotions in the Christian life; the many special prayers, holidays, songs and sacramentals are to me the life blood of the faith. They root themselves deeply into our culture and life, and like beacons of light, guide our hearts and minds towards the Lord in ways as myriad and full of symbolic beauty as the most beautiful natural scene, or the face of a

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I wonder how Jesus feels about cheesy plastic crosses

Today we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, and while this is indeed a somber and serious occasion, My mind instead immediately went somewhere else completely. Inexpensive has become cheap in the modern age, and religious devotionals have clearly found the mass market industrial production teams hard at work supplying all of our needs. Is this sacrilegious? It is okay for us to keep collecting all these

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Marian Consecration

I have wanted to write about Marian Consecration for a long time, but I have never been really sure how to talk about it. It can be a little confusing, and is easily misunderstood. Since this coming Saturday is the feast of our Lady of Sorrows, now just seemed a good time. Let me start this way: It was not the most important day of my life. There are already

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The Power of Words

I do question and answer sessions with almost every group of people I work with, from sixth graders to hospice care. Everyone has questions, and while I don’t always have the answers, so many questions are repeated that I’m at the point where I’m actually pretty good with most questions. This summer, I was asked a question that really had me thinking by a teen on a mission trip I

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I lost my green thumb

It’s harvest time, and this is the first year in a very long time that means something to me. This year, I built my wife a garden. She always wanted to grow things. I used to spend a lot of time in my gardens as a young man, and always enjoyed it, so I was a bit overzealous in my preparations. I built a greenhouse, I built raised beds, I

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The Scapular of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This is a legacy post from the old website I didn’t want to lose, published July 16th, 2012. Today is a very special day for me. It seems my entire life as a Catholic has revolved around our Lady under the title of Mt Carmel.  I was born on the feast day of St John of the Cross, and my patron saint is St Therese of Lisieux. I even began

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