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Title: Presiding at the Liturgy of Charity
Subtitle: Directing the Spiritual Formation of the Deacon
Author(s): KEATING, James
Journal: Studies in Spirituality
Volume: 17 Date: 2007
The director of the diaconate is called upon to organize, manage, and lead the office that coordinates deacon life and ministry. This position calls for its director to enter into the truths of the diaconal life as these inhere in the dispositions to listen, discern, and respond to the needs of the poor in charity. Beyond this, the director is invited to share his or her own love for the diaconal mystery – that life of interpenetration between the mysteries of the altar and the transformation of culture. From within knowledge of this mystery and love for its effects upon the Church and society, the director draws nourishment for his or her own soul. From this sustenance, the director guides his or her candidates into the deepest of all diaconal realities: the commitment to preside at the liturgy of charity for the welfare of the whole church.