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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Pray for Priests

Posted: 10/16/19 | by | Category: Prayers, Uncategorized

Today I write this column asking you to cut out my Prayer For Priests and place it in your prayer book, Bible, with your rosary, on the refrigerator, in your car, or another place you will see it. Then when you see it, be willing to take a few moments each day and pray forContinue Reading »

The Thankful Leper

Posted: 10/9/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

In the times of Christ, any child, woman or man inflicted with leprosy was rejected by their own family, neighbors and certainly strangers. They were thought to have been inflicted with the leprosy as a result of their forebears’ or their own evil. Leprosy like other serious health conditions was seen as being acts ofContinue Reading »

Temporary Toys or Eternal Joys

Posted: 9/24/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

“Then someone said to Abraham, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent. ‘Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’” Today throughout most, if not all nations, we find societies deeply believing inContinue Reading »

Golden Roses

Posted: 9/24/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Lord, You blessed me with Your greatest gift—that of human life! Dear Lord, Your prophets assure humanity and stir our hearts and minds with Your countless blessings. Lord, Your divinely inspired and prayerful wordsreassure me, and hopefully all peoples, that my life and every human life is a holy life, a sacred life and aContinue Reading »

God and mammon

Posted: 9/16/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

“No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Who or what is your god? Is it God, the Father of our holy Savior Jesus Christ, who sent forth the Holy Spirit? Or,Continue Reading »

Prodigal Children

Posted: 9/9/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

You and I are among the worldwide brotherhood and sisterhood of God’s prodigal children. Luke’s widely known story about the prodigal son speaks ever so clearly to countless people. One need not be a Christian, Jew, or a member of any other faith. Rather, we are members of a universal nature, a universal creation, andContinue Reading »

Human Dignity

Posted: 9/3/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Human dignity, your own personal dignity and that of every other human being comes NOT from government, one’s social status, political powers, corporate assets/liabilities or military might! No! Read Genesis and you will discover that God created Adam and Eve out of divine love and in His image and likeness. A vast majority of theContinue Reading »

A banquet for the blessed poor

Posted: 8/28/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

“…When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” These sacred words of divine mercy, divine justice and divine love are ancient heartfelt treasures to be readContinue Reading »

Things & Kings

Posted: 8/19/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

ou have been purchased at a price! Always be willing to humbly recognize and understand that God so loved the world that He sent forth His only begotten Son to preach and teach, to heal and raise from the dead, and to die and rise in fulfilment of the ancient prophets. Be humbled by thisContinue Reading »