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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Teach me your ways

Posted: 2/28/18 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

Lord, teach me to follow your footsteps, to bring Your love into the lives of others, to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the sick and the dying, to care for the widow and the orphan, to help the stranger in need, and to serve the least among us. Lord, enable me to upholdContinue Reading »

Listen to Him

Posted: 2/22/18 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

At the Transfiguration of Christ were the apostles, Peter, James and John. They actually witnessed this great moment in human history; a particular moment when the Divine entered into a particular place in the unfolding story of humanity in its relationship with God. St Mark writes, that God spoke directly to these three apostles andContinue Reading »

Repent and Believe

Posted: 2/13/18 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

Sometimes life throws us a curve ball. We experience suffering, injustice or a shocking moment of reality. We are turned upside down…even inside out. It is then life makes NO sense. It is very often such times in our life that we spontaneously choose to turn to God for guidance, courage and solace. Or, sometimesContinue Reading »

Knights of that Night

Posted: 2/2/18 | by | Category: Christmas Season, Poetry, Uncategorized

T’was just nights before Christmas when all through the land This older gentleman heard the cries of a mere lamb. They were the cries of a boy in need of a winter coat and toys Whose heart was afire with hopes for both girls and boys. Christmas was coming but it was so bitter cold.Continue Reading »

Ancient Discipleship

Posted: 2/2/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

Over two thousand years ago Jesus entered into the lives of the 12 Apostles. Many were mere fishermen who ultimately became great fishers of men. Humanity heard the voice of these twelve apostles and billions since then have freely chosen to walk humbly in the company of Christ. Where are you today…in response to thisContinue Reading »

Holy One of God

Posted: 1/23/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Spiritual Common Sense, Uncategorized

Today Mark’s Gospel reminds us that indeed Christ time and again freely chose to heal others. He brought healing to the sick, injured and impaired. Jesus performed these healings as an exterior sign of an interior Truth…that He is indeed the expected Son of God and can in fact bring the devil out of someone,Continue Reading »

What are you looking for?

Posted: 1/10/18 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Man and woman since the earliest and most primitive days of human history have always wondered and searched for Truth. Where does one find Truth? How? How long does it take? Why? How do I know for certain when I stumble across, actually find, or discover Truth? Is there not one way that is practical andContinue Reading »