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Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The First Principle of Evangelical Catholicism states that “The Lord Jesus Christ is the crucified and risen Savior of all mankind, and no human person can fully understand his life or find his dignity and destiny apart from a personal friendship with the Lord Jesus. It is not enough to know… Read more »

Sunday 15 October 2017

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, In 2003 I drafted the Principles of Evangelical Catholicism to help shape our common life as a spiritual family, and I offer these principles to help us all become mature Christian disciples who are committed by the grace of conversion to a life of right belief, right worship, and right conduct…. Read more »

Sunday 8 October 2017

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, “Be still and know that I am God.” Thus does the Lord instruct us in Psalm 46, verse 10. The stillness to which we are called in Holy Scripture is a letting go of actions and words that yields silence, both interior and exterior, and such silence is essential for every… Read more »

Sunday 1 October 2017

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Most of us keep multiple calendars on our phones (personal, professional, social, academic, etc), and we make plans for important events in our lives by locating them in one of our many calendars. Moreover, we think of the moments in our calendars as linear – they are past, present, or future… Read more »

Sunday 24 September 2017

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, “I believe and profess all that the holy Catholic Church believes, teaches, and proclaims to be revealed by God.” These are powerful words. They are words of faith, and they testify to a heart and mind converted by the truth of the Gospel, which is the power of God unto salvation… Read more »

Sunday 17 September 2017

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Saint Helena, who was born around 248 and died around 330, was the mother of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Emperor of Rome, and the end of the persecutions that followed Constantine’s conversion made it possible for Christians to worship publicly and without fear throughout the Empire. This new freedom… Read more »

Sunday 10 September 2017

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Next weekend at all Masses we will take up a second collection to assist those afflicted by Hurricane Harvey. Please be generous so that the Church can assist those in need, especially those who had very little even before the devastation of this storm. This Wednesday, 6 September, is the beginning… Read more »

Sunday 3 September 2017

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Common + Unity = Community. The things we have in common, do in common, and love in common both help produce human unity and flow from it. We all naturally desire an experience of community with other people, and when the things which we hold in common are noble and uplifting,… Read more »

Sunday 27 August 2017

Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, The new school year is at hand, and beginning just after Labor Day, there are many opportunities at St Mary’s to be diligent students of the Lord Jesus: An Introduction to Catholicism is the course which includes the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, and anyone who wants to learn more… Read more »

Sunday 20 August 2017

Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends in Christ, Numinous. This is not a word one hears in casual conversation, but it is an English word that entered our language in the 17th century from the Latin word numen which means divine presence. Numinous is an adjective that includes a field of meanings, including concepts like spiritual, holy, religious, transcendent,… Read more »

Sunday 13 August 2017