Pastoral Reflections

January 2018

Jan 28

January 28, 2018

One of the great gifts of the Second Vatican Council was the opening up of the scriptures for Catholics. Prior to the Council there was not widespread use of the sacred scriptures in the life of the Church. In fact, in some circles, a focus on the scriptures was seen as a more Protestant idea. During the late nineteenth, and into the twentieth...
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Jan 21

January 21, 2018

As the 2018 Washington State Legislative Session enters its third week, we are reminded that, as Catholics, we are called to allow our faith to shape our politics, and not the other way around. There are important policy debates happening in Olympia and in Washington, D.C., that are of particular interest to us as people of faith. The...
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Jan 14

January 14, 2018

This past Monday, we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, and with that feast the Christmas Season came to a close. On Tuesday, we began a new season called “Ordinary Time.” The color of our vestments has shifted from white to green, and we have begun to count the weeks of the Church year. That is where the term...
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Jan 7

January 7, 2018

Today we continue unpacking the meaning of God coming among us as a human being. The Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord celebrates the manifestation of Christ for all the world. The child born in a small corner of the Roman Empire in the first third of the first century is not only the salvation of Israel, but of the whole world. In the...
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