From the Pastor’s Desk

Jul 2021

This is my last ‘From the Pastor’s Desk’ as Pastor of St. Peter’s in The Dalles. Last Sunday was the farewell party and I was touched by the expressions of gratitude that I received, expressions of gratitude that were not just routine but said in effect, “We have heard you, Father, and have benefited from your ministry here and so grown closer to God.” That is the sort of gratitude that a priest wants to hear. Now looking back over my nine years here and knowing that while I have sought to......

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May 14, 2021

Natural Virtue

Last Sunday I presented the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the subject of the grace of justification, which is effectively another name for sanctifying grace. (cf. CCC 1266) Sanctifying grace is...