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The Pastor of Saint Agnes writes a weekly bulletin article.  They are reposted here.

The Passion

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column
April 2, 2020

We’ve begun meditating on Christ’s Passion. The Passion is not just a history lesson, though it is historical. The narrative is happening now and in every age, in one way or another. It’s about us. The lives of the baptized extend the experience of Christ’s Passion until time’s end. That’s why, when the Risen Christ appeared to Saul in blinding light, he asked, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me” (Acts of the Apostles 9:4)? Christ called his Church “me.” What happens “in the Church” and “to the Church” happens to Christ. The Church is Christ’s Body – the subject of the Passion.

The plot thickens. The Ten Commandments are part of that narrative, though perhaps not obviously so. So often we think of the Commandments as “laws” that keep us well behaved. If that’s all they do, that’s not a bad thing. But there’s more to them. Read the Beatitudes and the Sermon on the Mount. The Commandments are prophecies and preparations for Jesus, who came to give us the “new wine” of a “new grace.” This fact permeates the Gospel. Recall the story of the young man in Matthew 19 who asks Jesus, “What good...Read more

Why are we here?

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column
March 28, 2020

I would like to ask three basic questions – Catechism 101 questions. And each question has the same answer. First question: Why did the Father send his only Son, to become a man, born of the Virgin Mary? Second question: What is the purpose of the Catholic Church? Third question: What is the most significant thing the Church has been doing for the past 2000 years?

The answer to the first question is this: God the Father sent his only Son to become a man in order to save us from our sins. In fact, this is the ONLY reason for the coming of Christ mentioned in the Gospel. This is what the angel told Joseph in a dream, when he found out that Mary was with child: “You shall call him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

The answer to the second question is the same: The purpose of the Catholic Church is to save us from our sins. And again, the answer is the same for the third question: The most significant thing the Church has been doing for the past 2000 years is saving people from their...Read more

Follow the Light of Christ

Fr. Edlefsen's Sunday Column
March 20, 2020

Christ is the way to the light, the truth and the life

The Lord tells us: I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. In these few words he gives a command and makes a promise. Let us do what he commands so that we may not blush to covet what he promises and to hear him say on the day of judgment: “I laid down certain conditions for obtaining my promises. Have you fulfilled them?” If you say: “What did you command, Lord our God?” he will tell you: “I commanded you to follow me. You asked for advice on how to enter into life. What life, if not the life about which it is written: With you is the fountain of life?”

Let us do now what he commands. Let us follow in the footsteps of the Lord. Let us throw off the chains that prevent us from following him. Who can throw off these shackles without the aid of the one addressed in these words: You have broken my chains? Another psalm says of him: The Lord frees...Read more

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