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Author Archive: Deacon Greg Lambert

Deacon Greg Lambert was ordained in 1997, in the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and served as a deacon at St. Paul Church in Tampa for 10 years before transferring to St. Lawrence, Tampa in 2007, where he and his wife Kathy currently serve. Deacon Greg assists in the areas of RCIA, Adult Faith Formation, and Sacramental Preparation. In addition to his service at the parish level, Deacon Greg is a staff member of Diakonia newsletter for the diaconal community of the diocese, and is a member of the Focus 11 committee for vocations. He is also part of the teaching faculty for the Lay Pastoral Ministry Institute in the diocese of St. Petersburg. His articles have been published in Deacon Digest Magazine as well as Diakonia.He has a BA in Religious Studies and an MA in Theology from St. Leo University.

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Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

September 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Taking Care of Health, Wealth, and Reputation

If it weren’t for our health, wealth, and reputation, what concerns could we possibly have in life? If health includes love and happiness, and wealth means having every provision necessary for living in abundance, what would be left to prompt anxiety? Ah, yes … reputation! It is our reputation, and the ego that wants to […]

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The Dwelling of Faith, Hope, and Love

August 7, AD2017 0 Comments
The Dwelling of Faith, Hope, and Love

Once upon a time there lived three theological virtues named Faith, Hope and Love. Their house was modest, and just the right size for them to dwell and exercise their respective entities while living in common. They moved in a way that accommodated each other in a wonderful choreography. They deferred to one another in […]

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Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

July 9, AD2017 3 Comments
Discernment, Action and WDGWMTD

Back in the 1990’s, there was a group of initials (WWJD) that found its way across the United States and the world. Anything that could display print, especially wristbands, was used to promote the slogan “What would Jesus Do?” My recollection of this “movement” was that it spread like wildfire and lasted for years. To […]

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“Fight or Flight” And The Wings Of Prayer

June 7, AD2017 0 Comments
“Fight or Flight” And The Wings Of Prayer

There is an autonomous response called “fight or flight” that affects us all at certain points throughout our lives during times of crisis. If we are lucky, the level of stress that causes and accompanies this unique state of being might only happen once or twice, and occur years apart. For others, the urge to […]

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Breakdown On The Road To Emmaus

May 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Breakdown On The Road To Emmaus

The story of the disciples encountering Christ on the road to Emmaus has special prominence in the Easter season. Jesus, in His resurrected body, converses with two people walking to the title city. Although the trip was only about seven miles, it could have easily taken a couple of hours walking at a leisurely pace. […]

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Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

April 8, AD2017 1 Comment
Candy and Kenosis: The Stuff of Lent

As we near the end of this year’s journey through Lent, I would like to lead with my favorite joke involving this special time of the liturgical year: A parish priest was leaving a sick call late one winter night. As he rounded a dark corner, a man jumped out from behind a car and […]

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The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

March 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Prodigal Son : A Lenten Story

We were told recently at a retreat that if only one piece of Scripture survived in a post-apocalyptic world, the parable of the Prodigal Son would suffice for the propagation of the Gospel. The three main characters, father, son and elder brother portray God’s love and forgiveness in a unique and compelling way. The two […]

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Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

February 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Celebrating Ordinary Time Extraordinarily

Celebrate Ordinary Time? Why celebrate anything that seems to just fill in the space between Christmas and Easter? The Sacrament of the Moment With all of the bells and whistles associated with these two treasured times of the year, Ordinary Time might seem pale by comparison. On top of that, the “scaling back” of Ordinary […]

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Parables And Pericopes For Christian Life

December 10, AD2016 1 Comment
Parables And Pericopes For Christian Life

The parables of Jesus found in the four Gospels are rich in meaning and as applicable to Christian living today as they were over 2,000 years ago. Jesus, the master teacher, used examples involving everyday life using characters and situations that could resonate readily with the average listener and reader, both then and now. These […]

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Render Unto Caesar: The 2016 General Election

November 3, AD2016 3 Comments
Render Unto Caesar: The 2016 General Election

I am very concerned. As a citizen of the United States, I am called to “render unto Caesar” by voting in the upcoming General Election for the presidency of my country. I am tempted to follow the path of about half of the eligible voters and not cast my ballot at all. I feel like […]

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Being a Good Neighbor Every Day

October 5, AD2016 0 Comments
Being a Good Neighbor Every Day

National Good Neighbor Day, September 28th, will have come and gone by the time this article posts. I haven’t checked, but something tells me there won’t be much of a selection of cards for this occasion at my local drug store. At the moment, I am considering a variety of good neighborly things that I […]

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Genealogy and the God Family

August 3, AD2016 4 Comments
Genealogy and the God Family

There is quite a bit of interest these days in genealogy. Websites like Ancestry.com offer their extensive databases and resources to trace a family’s lineage. With the advent of the Genome Project it is now possible to use DNA to chart your family tree. Imagine discovering that your ancestors were royalty! How about famous? Or […]

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Peter, Paul and Collaborative Ministry

July 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Peter, Paul and Collaborative  Ministry

In the 1930’s, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a house that many consider his most beautiful. The owner had requested that the waterfall on the property be showcased, and that the house be built as close as possible to the waterfall. True to his genius, Mr. Wright decided to build the house over the waterfall! In order to accomplish […]

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