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The Writings of +Winfield Mott
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  • Having Jesus As My Neighbor
    NOTE: I am trying to ascertain if people have found the blog with the new address. If you have not already done so, please do me the favor of letting me know. Just a short note, such as “yes, reading the blog,” to my email will suffice: bpwinmott@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! Reference: Luke […]
  • The Patriotic Word
    PLEASE NOTE: I am trying to find out if people have found the new address for this blog. Could you help me by letting me know you have seen this? Just two or three words will suffice: “Found new address” or something similar. You can leave the comment on the site or send it to […]
  • Priorities
    Reference: Luke 9:57-62 One of the exercises in management training workshops is to give the trainee a task, then bombard him or her with a blizzard of memos to deal with, some of utmost importance, some minor and almost irrelevant, but usually simple to achieve. The point is for the student to learn how to […]
  • The Latest Polls
    Reference: Luke 9:18-24, Galatians 3:23-29 Once again, we are now entering the long period of shared national suffering known as the presidential campaign. The media portrays this as a horse race, with a focus on who is ahead, who has stumbled and is falling behind, and who is the “frontrunner.” Polls will be eagerly anticipated […]
  • Finding True Love in the Dogmatics Section
    Reference: 1 John 4:7-21 “God is love,” says John, in the referenced passage above. For some reason, we often seem uncomfortable with such simple statements. Think only of the example of Jesus’ words on Maundy Thursday: “This is my Body.” Jesus so often speaks in analogies and parables, as is the custom of the time. […]
  • The Call
    Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 The intense excitement of that first Pentecost (see Acts 2:1-11) seems to have faded a bit over the years. Pentecost today ranks as a clear third place in terms of both excitement and importance after Christmas and Easter. Most Western Christians tend to be “Jesus people,” failing to grasp the power […]
  • Got It!
    Reference: Acts 1:1-11 He tried all the educational tools he knew: lecture, analogy, example, visual aids, drama, discussions, leading questions and more. They grasped some of it, but the crucial heart of it still escaped them. This was after four years of intensive study. He was usually very patient, although the frustration he felt became […]

Christmas Letter from Bishop Ilgenfritz

Posted by Administrator on Dec 23 2016
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Beloved in Christ:
“In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be enrolled.” (Luke 2:1) With these words begins the greatest story ever told, the story of the birth of the Christ Child. This is a story that never grows old.

While the story is familiar there is one verse that demands special attention. After the shepherds had come and gone from the cave in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph find themselves alone with the baby Jesus and we read “Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19)

Our Lady has time to reflect on all that has happened. From the announcement by the angel that God had chosen her to be the virgin mother of the Savior, through the difficult journey to the City of David, to the birth of her Son with angels nearby and shepherds visiting. Mary catches her breath and reflects deeply on all that has come to pass.

This Christmas Season we should follow Mary’s example. Find a quiet time to think and pray. To take this story to heart, as Mary did and perhaps discover how we might live our lives differently because “God is with us.”  

Together with Bishop Rich, I wish you a very Merry Christmas filled to overflowing with joy and peace. Like Mary let us ponder these things in our hearts. It is my fervent prayer that you and I can live each day in the coming new year grateful for the gift of our Savior.

Faithfully,

Bishop Bill

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The Earth is the Lord's

The Writings of +Winfield Mott
last updated: Wed 17 2019 - 06:07 PM
  • Having Jesus As My Neighbor
    NOTE: I am trying to ascertain if people have found the blog with the new address. If you have not already done so, please do me the favor of letting me know. Just a short note, such as “yes, reading the blog,” to my email will suffice: bpwinmott@gmail.com. Thank you for your help! Reference: Luke […]
  • The Patriotic Word
    PLEASE NOTE: I am trying to find out if people have found the new address for this blog. Could you help me by letting me know you have seen this? Just two or three words will suffice: “Found new address” or something similar. You can leave the comment on the site or send it to […]
  • Priorities
    Reference: Luke 9:57-62 One of the exercises in management training workshops is to give the trainee a task, then bombard him or her with a blizzard of memos to deal with, some of utmost importance, some minor and almost irrelevant, but usually simple to achieve. The point is for the student to learn how to […]
  • The Latest Polls
    Reference: Luke 9:18-24, Galatians 3:23-29 Once again, we are now entering the long period of shared national suffering known as the presidential campaign. The media portrays this as a horse race, with a focus on who is ahead, who has stumbled and is falling behind, and who is the “frontrunner.” Polls will be eagerly anticipated […]
  • Finding True Love in the Dogmatics Section
    Reference: 1 John 4:7-21 “God is love,” says John, in the referenced passage above. For some reason, we often seem uncomfortable with such simple statements. Think only of the example of Jesus’ words on Maundy Thursday: “This is my Body.” Jesus so often speaks in analogies and parables, as is the custom of the time. […]
  • The Call
    Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:4-13 The intense excitement of that first Pentecost (see Acts 2:1-11) seems to have faded a bit over the years. Pentecost today ranks as a clear third place in terms of both excitement and importance after Christmas and Easter. Most Western Christians tend to be “Jesus people,” failing to grasp the power […]
  • Got It!
    Reference: Acts 1:1-11 He tried all the educational tools he knew: lecture, analogy, example, visual aids, drama, discussions, leading questions and more. They grasped some of it, but the crucial heart of it still escaped them. This was after four years of intensive study. He was usually very patient, although the frustration he felt became […]
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