St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Pastor’s Message

Dear Friends in Christ, Evil is real. And so is Satan. We only have to turn on our televisions, open our newspapers, or take a glance at Twitter or Facebook to see that evil is indeed all too real. Saint Pope Paul VI, who was canonized today in Rome, ominously warned in 1972 that he had the sensation that “from some fissure the smoke of Satan has entered the temple of God.” The current situation of the Church seems to indicate that he was not wrong. As I read the recent Grand Jury report from Pennsylvania, I couldn’t help but think of that quote as I noticed the intense evil of these sins and crimes that were committed. I am not alone in reading that report and sensing something truly diabolical at work. St. Paul reminds us that our battle is not merely against flesh and blood, but against fallen angels and evils spirits (cf. Eph 6:12). The good news is that our God is infinitely more powerful than these fallen angels and evils spirits. Evil and darkness pale in…

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