WORSHIP: The Intimate Encounter with Christ

From the Pastor’s Desk

 

Father Michael Briese offers his reflections on the wonder of God’s life and love for us here at St. Mary’s Newport.

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O you of little faith!

Posted: 8/3/20 | by | Category: Ordinary Time, Reflections

Have you faith the size of a mustard seed? Have you the faith of a child? What kind of faith have you? Is it weak, minimal, viable, strong or blessed with certitude? Faith requires one’s willingness to stretch beyond the self-obvious. Faith demands one has the courage and willingness to step out of the ordinaryContinue Reading »

Fear not genuine doubts

Posted: 6/24/20 | by | Category: Ordinary Time, Reflections, Uncategorized

Jesus said to the Twelve, “Fear no one. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Fear is the greatest power which can conquer a human being’s heart, mindContinue Reading »

Be not afraid

Posted: 6/16/20 | by | Category: Ordinary Time, Reflections, Uncategorized

“…LIKE A MIGHTY CHAMPION MY PERSECUTORS WILL STUMBLE, THEY WILL NOT TRIUMPH. In their failure they will be put to utter shame, to lasting, unforgettable confusion. O Lord of hosts, you who test the just, who probe mind and heart, let me witness the vengeance you take on them, for to you (I have EntrustedContinue Reading »

Hate or Love

Posted: 6/12/20 | by | Category: Ordinary Time, Reflections, Uncategorized

The choices are yours to make all throughout your God-bestowed lifetime. Dr Martin Luther King, Jr wrote the following words, “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love…Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot driveContinue Reading »

Most Holy Trinity

Posted: 6/3/20 | by | Category: Ordinary Time, Prayers, Uncategorized

(John 3:16-18) “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in himContinue Reading »

Ascension of Christ

Posted: 5/18/20 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

“I glorified You on earth by accomplishing the work that You gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with You, with the glory that I had with You before the world began.” This one unearned blessed life God has bestowed upon you has a purpose. You possess a role to play in the unfoldingContinue Reading »

Voice of the Shepherd

Posted: 4/30/20 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

God led forth His people like sheep. He guided them through the desert like a flock. He led them on secure and unafraid. (Ps 78:52-53). He is the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.” (Genesis 49:24). He is our God and we are his people, the flock he shepherds.” (Ps, 95:7). “For I know the plansContinue Reading »