O Holy Spirit, I ask You to permeate the very depths of my being and to enter ever more deeply into my heart. O Holy Spirit, may You bring into our lives greater peace, deep awe, heartfelt appreciation and quiet rest amid life’s turbulent waters. Bless Your disciples with Your holy and good counsel as… 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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Your life is a holy life, a sacred life and a precious life. It is precisely because God has created you out of divine love and in His image and likeness. God has a role for you to play for the unfolding of His kingdom here at hand. The holiness of our Lord is not… Continue Reading »
You are a part of the Vine of Christ. You can help nourish the Gospel message, the love of God and the workings of the Holy Spirit. Christ invites you, me and all people to freely enter into and participate in the unfolding of God’s kingdom here at hand. You possess an innate goodness…the goodness… Continue Reading »
Being a Good Shepherd by following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ has always been and continues to be a real challenge to many teenagers, even older teenagers and those in their twenties, even early thirties. Striving to live a life of goodness is in itself so often laughed at, mocked or insulted by millions… Continue Reading »
In today’s readings we hear about St. Stephen, the first martyr in Christianity. St. Stephen was a very strong follower in Christ. His faith was so strong that others chose him to be included in the original group of seven men who were chosen to be ordained and serve others as Deacons. Today we have… Continue Reading »
God so loved the world that He sent forth His only begotten Son, to teach and preach, to die and rise, all in fulfillment of the ancient prophets. Divine Mercy is purely God’s Mercy. It is in you and I and all who freely choose to follow in the footsteps of Christ. May we, as… Continue Reading »
Mary’s heart was broken. The apostles were in hiding. A guard stood near the tomb. The darkness of night surrendered unto the breaking dawn, and red rays pierced through the ancient sky. Dawn brought forth that ancient morning when time stopped and human history was transformed by God Himself as He reached down into the… Continue Reading »
On Palm Sunday we celebrate the entrance of Jesus into the City of Jerusalem. He knows and we know today that this final passage into Jerusalem is a symbol for His final entrance into what will unfold to become the Passion of Jesus Christ. We look back with great clarity. Yet! Underneath all that intellectual… Continue Reading »
All time is God’s time and human history is but a part of God’s eternity. As farmers, city slickers with a green thumb, true gardeners, arborists, and nursery men, we truly understand that a seed must die in appropriate soil in order for its crop, flower or tree to be born into new life. Picture… Continue Reading »
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 uphold… Continue Reading »