A Reflection on the Diaconate, Family Life, and Terminal Cancer, with Deacon Dusty

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“I’ve survived this long, I pray everyday that God shows me what to do with this moment.”

Published on: February 27th, 2013 — 11:39 PM / OBS: North America

AURORA, CO, USA — The reflections in this video from Aurora Colorado are insightful to the human experience, and therefore the spiritual life. Deacon Dusty Martin’s testimony reveals that moments in life have the potential to create perspective if allowed by the individual. During this Year of Faith, a little bit of perspective to the spiritual life from Deacon Dusty could go a long way in the 21st century hustle of modern day America. (more below)

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One defining moment in Deacon Dusty’s journey was the moment the news came from the doctor that asbestos had given him terminal cancer However, it was choices that he made leading up to that difficult moment which gave him the perspective needed to not ask himself, ‘why me?’ Rather, he and his wife left the doctor’s office and went immediately to their home parish, St. Michael’s, to pray for an hour about the challenging news.


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Instead of asking ‘why me’, Deacon’s inspiring story only amplifies in spiritual richness because of his yes to God’s will. No finger pointing, no complaining, simply accepting the moment as a call; or in other words, playing the best hand with the cards you are dealt.

What was the call? ‘How can I live out the rest of my days serving your Church and giving Him glory?’ These are in fact the wise words from today’s video, which our team now invites you to reflect upon in the comment section below.

How has Deacon Dusty’s encounter with terminal cancer impacted your faith journey? At what moment in the story did gain an insight for your encounter with the Year of Faith?

In addition, you can read the article on Deacon Dusty by clicking on the logo above for the Denver Catholic Register.

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First: Jeremiah 18:18-20
Psalm: Psalm 31:5-6, 14, 15-16
Gospel: Matthew 20:17-28

1. Resurrection
2. Ascension
3. Descent of the Holy Ghost
4. Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
5. Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

  • Joseph M. DeMoor

    I can relate to the challenge and dedication to remaining prayerful, thankful and hopeful for the future. Wonderful testimony and let us all continue to be aware of our simple blessings and to pray earnestly about our challenges, thank you….