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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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 »

God’s Fire of Love

Posted: 8/14/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

God’s Fire of Love is cast down into the very depth of your own being. God created YOU out of divine love and in His image and likeness. He grants you, me, and all humanity the finite time of our lives. Every minute and hour of every past day, today, and every day to comeContinue Reading »

The Greatest Treasure

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

Not so deep within you rests the Greatest Treasure! There within the silence of your heart is a sacred place, a holy presence and as St Paul writes, therein is a temple for our dear Lord. Take some time daily to walk away from the noises of the day. Ignore the countless distractions. Avoid loudnessContinue Reading »

Rich Man & Poverty of Heart

Posted: 7/30/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

God spoke to the rich man and said, “You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’ Thus will it be for all who store up treasure for themselves but are not rich in what matters to God.” Since ancient days humanityContinue Reading »

Martha & Mary

Posted: 7/29/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

The widely known bible story about the two sisters, Martha and Mary is a great classic story about family relationships, our relationships with members of our fellow parishioners, and people in our local communities. Are you more of a Martha? Or, are you more like Mary? My own answer with regards to my lifelong journeyContinue Reading »

Good Samaritan

Posted: 7/8/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

Always, always remember…Jesus said, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” This ancient guidance from our Savior reminds you, me and all who seek Truth, that indeed we have people to care for,Continue Reading »

Discipleship of Christ

Posted: 7/1/19 | by | Category: Reflections, Uncategorized

May the holiness of our good and gracious Lord continue to permeate the very depths of your being. May you, as a faithful modern disciple of Christ continue to journey throughout the passing of each day with a keen and attentive awareness of Christ’s presence. Our good Lord comes into our daily lives all soContinue Reading »