Pastoral Reflections

March 2019

Mar 31

March 31, 2019

As you may recall, eight parishioners (including me) are making a trip to the Dominican Republic (DR) through an organization called Education Across Borders. I am writing this on Tuesday, and we are leaving on Friday. So, by the time you read this we will be in the DR. First, I want to thank you for your generosity in supporting this service...
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Mar 24

March 24, 2019

Details continue to emerge from the tragic shooting at the mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. As I read the accounts of this senseless act of violence, I think of my Muslim friends here in the Vancouver - Portland area. I wonder how someone could have so much hate in their heart to randomly kill people at worship. It is the same question...
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Mar 10

March 10, 2019

Today I would like to share with you some excerpts from Pope Francis’ 2019 Lenten Message.  The Pope writes that the journey each year to Easter helps us to move “towards the fulfillment of the salvation we have already received as a result of Christ’s paschal mystery… This mystery of salvation, already at work in...
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Mar 3

March 3, 2019

As we gather for this 8th Sunday in Ordinary Time, we look forward to the beginning of Lent on Wednesday. On that day we will begin our annual journey of preparation and renewal by smudging ashes on our foreheads and remembering that we are dust, “and to dust we shall return,” and to “repent and believe in the Gospel.”...
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