Browsing the May 2018 archive of Fr. James Marshall Weekly Video 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 »