Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Dear Friends,

What a harsh rebuke St Peter receives from our Lord! “Get behind me Satan!” What could possibly warrant such words, especially since St. Peter had just been called “blessed” for confessing that Christ is the Son of God? Sadly, the rebuke is aimed at a mentality which is all too present in our culture: a denial or hatred of suffering. Just as last weekend, we reflected on our unwillingness to act in a “radical” way as witnesses to the value of the Gospel, so too this weekend the Church draws our attention to the absolute, central importance of following the path of Christ in its entirety, a path which necessarily includes the Cross.

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Father’s Letter: The Transfiguration of the Lord

Dear Friends,

What a harsh rebuke St Peter receives from our Lord! “Get behind me Satan!” What could possibly warrant such words, especially since St. Peter had just been called “blessed” for confessing that Christ is the Son of God? Sadly, the rebuke is aimed at a mentality which is all too present in our culture: a denial or hatred of suffering. Just as last weekend, we reflected on our unwillingness to act in a “radical” way as witnesses to the value of the Gospel, so too this weekend the Church draws our attention to the absolute, central importance of following the path of Christ in its entirety, a path which necessarily includes the Cross. 

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Father Marotti’s Letter: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

In the Gospel this weekend, our Lord likens the Kingdom of God to a treasure buried in a field, and a pearl of great price. Since we have heard these analogies many times throughout our lives, we may miss how strange they are. Consider someone who finds a treasure, buries it again, and then sells all of his goods to buy the field…people would surely think something was wrong with him. The same for someone who sells all of their belongings to buy a pearl. Think about it: What would I do with a treasure or a pearl if I had gotten rid of all of my other belongings? It’s a very impractical move, not very common-sensical. It’s like starting over. And that is exactly the point.

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Father Marotti’s Letter: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend – in fact, this whole week – we have the privilege of commemorating, honoring and celebrating our parish patroness, the mother of the Mother of God. We should never forget or underestimate how important the patronage of a saint is. Far from merely providing a title by which one parish is distinguished from another, a parish patron(ess) is a special intercessor before the Throne of God who never ceases to pray for every individual here. What a great gift that is.

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