December 8, 2019
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
St. John the Baptist preached repentance in order to
prepare the people of Israel for the Messiah. But he was only an
instrument. Jesus Christ, the God-man, was coming into the
world. He alone could baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire by
His death and rising to new life. Jesus brings forgiveness and
new life in the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not simply an instrument.
He is the Resurrection and the Life.
On our part, we should make a daily examination of
our conscience, that is, to look at how God acts in our soul and
how we cooperate with Him. Sometimes we fall short. Repent
immediately and trust in God’s mercy whenever you sin. Go to
the Sacrament of Confession frequently in order to grow in the
grace that fortifies us against the poison of sin and increases
our participation in God’s own life. If we cooperate with the
Holy Spirit, we will “produce good fruit as evidence of our
Prepare the way of the Lord! Jesus Christ will come
again to judge the living and the dead. May He find your soul
cleared of the obstacles of sin and ready to enter the kingdom of
God bless you,
HIS HOLINESS, POPE FRANCIS
00120 Vatican City
MOST REVEREND DAVID J. MALLOY
Bishop of Rockford
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Rockford, IL 61125
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