The Chance of a Better Life

02-25-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Last Sunday, we had the Rite of Sending here at St. Edward’s during the 11:30am Mass. After the Rite of Sending, we drove down to the Basilica of the National Shrine for the Rite of Election. In this service, each parish calls those to be baptized, up to the sacristy of the National Shrine by name. The sanctuary was full of those seeking to be baptized in the Catholic faith.

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We Have to Enter the Stillness of the Desert

02-18-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

This Sunday, Jesus is driven out into the desert by the Holy Spirit. Why the desert? It says that Jesus was among wild beasts and ministered to by angels in the desert. When we enter into the desert, when we are away from our distractions, once the temptations of Satan are quieted through prayer and fasting, we can pay attention to what is going on inside our hearts.

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We Enter into the Desert of Lent

02-11-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

It is amazing to think that this Wednesday is already Ash Wednesday. Lent recalls Jesus' time of fasting for forty days in the desert so that Jesus could triumph over Satan's lies. Satan's primary goal is to convince us that God does not really love us. Satan will try to sow doubts such as: "If God really loved you, then this fill-in-the-blank bad thing would not have happened to you."

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"Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?"

02-04-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

"Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?" This is the first line of Scripture this Sunday from the book of Job. These words sound especially jarring in our modern culture today. I remember once teaching a group of eighth graders the Hail Holy Queen. One child was offended by the line: "To thee do we cry, O banished children of Eve, to thee do we send up our sighs mourning and weeping in this valley of tears." The student objected to the prayer because it wasn't happy.

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