Lord, we ask You to bless all grandparents and keep them in Your care. Bless them with peace, health and healing. Reward them for their faith and fidelity, for their work and goodness, for their love and thoughtfulness, for their gifts and prayers. Give them a long and happy life. May the advancing of years… Continue Reading »
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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People associate poverty and being poor with economic poverty. That is to say, a rich man who is financially wealthy is better than a poor man who owns little of any real financial value. Well, there are different kinds of poverty. There certainly is a diversity of the poverty experienced by members of our one… Continue Reading »
Late one morning, as I walked the winding paths of a beautiful park, I came upon a man doing some serious gardening. I watched him for a few minutes. Then I asked this old gardener why he cared so much for these plants. He smiled upon hearing my question and said, “I get down on… Continue Reading »
Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth! You were conceived in your mother’s womb and granted the unearned and unmerited gift of life precisely because God Himself created you and all the gifts, skills, talents and shortcomings you possess. You are an image of our beloved Creator. You are… Continue Reading »
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 ordinary… Continue Reading »
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” There within you is a temple, a place, a holy chamber…a spiritual room in which you… Continue Reading »
Liberty And Justice are not to be taken for granted. Countless times in human history and even now, in our own times, we have learned about or witnessed Liberty and Justice being seized from the common people. The denial of their liberties and justice itself by those with power is an ongoing characteristic throughout human… Continue Reading »
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, mind… Continue Reading »
“…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 Entrusted… Continue Reading »
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 drive… Continue Reading »