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Fr. James Marshall Weekly Blog

Fr. James Marshall Weekly Blog


Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/18/18


The feast of Pentecost brings to an end the Easter season. What began on Easter Sunday with the bodily resurrection of our Lord culminates with Jesus’ ascension into heaven and initiates the gift of the Holy Spirit on the Feast of Pentecost.

The Catholic catechism puts it this way:

“The Church was made manifest to the world on the day of Pentecost by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The gift of the Spirit ushers in a new era in the “dispensation of the mystery” – the age of the Church, during which Christ manifest, makes present, and communicates his work of salvation through the liturgy of his Church, “until he comes.” 1Cor. 11:26. In this age of the Church Christ now lives and acts in and with his Church, in a new way appropriate to this new age. He acts through the sacraments in what the common Tradition of the East and West calls “the sacramental economy”; this is the communication (or “dispensation”) of the fruits of Christ’s Paschal mystery in the celebration of the Church’s “sacramental” liturgy.” CCC ... Read More »

Apostolic Succession

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/14/18

This is an excellent commentary on apostolic succession by Dr. John Bergsma. I met this man at a priest’s conference in West Virginia. He comes from a protestant tradition that rejected the Catholic teaching on apostolic succession but came to believe through his study of Church history that the ... Read More »

Happy Mothers Day

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 5/12/18

The greatest gift that God has imparted to men and women is the gift of life. So it stands to reason that we would honor the God-roles of men and women as fathers and mothers united in the sacrament of holy matrimony and sharing in that gift of life ... Read More »


Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 4/16/18

A GOOD START I want to thank our building committee, and all the volunteers who helped get our capital campaign off to a great start. The response was overwhelmingly positive and I am confident that we will be able to successfully reach our goal, with the help of God’s ... Read More »

Holy Saturday

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 3/31/18

The Lord’s Descent into Hell   An anonymous ancient homilist Saturday, March 31, 2018

What is happening? Today there is a great silence over the earth, a great silence, and stillness, a great silence because the King sleeps; the earth was in terror and was still, because God slept in the ... Read More »

Worth Watching

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 3/12/18

This video is so well done that I wanted to share it with you.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 2/22/18

The seven deadly sins are those deep drives of sin within us that are really the root of all sins. If we know what they are we can confront and defeat them with the help of God's grace. I found a wonderful video that explains each of the seven ... Read More »

The Doctor We Need

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 12/14/17

The Mystical Doctor

Our world is desperate need of healing. People and nations are morally and spiritually sick to the point of death. The kind of healing that we need can only be acquired through a genuine renewal of mind and body that is the result of conversion and ... Read More »

The Tradition of the Christmas Crib

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 12/07/17

Following a beautiful and firmly-rooted tradition, many families set up their crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the Birth of Jesus. Putting up the crib at home can be a simple but effective ... Read More »

San Clemente

Posted by Fr. James Marshall on 11/17/17

“Let not strong neglect the care of the weak, and let the weak respect the strong. Let the rich distribute to the needs of the poor, and let the poor bless God who gives them people to supply the want. . . . The great can’t subsist without the ... Read More »


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