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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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“Follow Me”

Posted: 4/30/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

The above are words spoken by Jesus to His Apostles. Apart from Judas, the betrayer, all of the Apostles freely chose to follow Christ. All of them, with the exception of John, died for Christ as martyrs. They truly died…gave their own lives for Christ. Most of the original apostles were not very well educatedContinue Reading »

Doubting Thomas

Posted: 4/24/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

The great apostle Thomas is world renown for his doubts about who Christ really was then, is now, and ever shall be. Thomas questioned the claim that the Risen Christ is indeed the Son of God. Thomas doubted. He questioned. He needed proof…that is concrete evidence that this man claiming to be the expected RisenContinue Reading »

Oh! Ancient Day

Posted: 4/18/19 | by | Category: Easter Season, Reflections, Uncategorized

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 theContinue Reading »

Palm Sunday

Posted: 4/9/19 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

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 intellectualContinue Reading »

We are sinners

Posted: 4/5/19 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

You are a sinner and so am I and so is every single human being. We are a broken and imperfect race of various peoples. Our one common thread is our own humanity. Do you even care about people whom you know not; people who certainly share in your own humanity? Do you truly careContinue Reading »

The Prodigal Son

Posted: 3/26/19 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

Luke’s well renown and much treasured story of The Prodigal Son provides an ancient truth which hits dead center to the way modern societies approach life. In America we as a society are bombarded all day with messages that tell us we must have this or that, and we must go here or there, orContinue Reading »

A day to journey

Posted: 3/20/19 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

“This is the day our Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.” These are ancient words which live on in countless hearts and minds. All too often, we “know” these words but we forget them and the basic Truth they succinctly express. At your moment of birth, God breathed life into you. GodContinue Reading »

Cloud of Unknowing & Faith

Posted: 3/14/19 | by | Category: Uncategorized

“Then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” These Gospel words in Luke 28b-36 are jewels for greater faith. They enable us to think about that precise moment, that holy hour when in human history God spoke aloud. There are only a few places in HolyContinue Reading »

40 days in the desert

Posted: 3/4/19 | by | Category: Lent, Reflections, Uncategorized

During this Season of Lent, we hear the Holy Word about Jesus spending time in silence, prayer, soul searching and listening to the will of His Father. The emptiness of the desert can be seen as being a physical symbol for the spiritual emptiness, sense of void, even the spiritual poverty so often discovered withinContinue Reading »