If only our bishops had half as much passion and commitment for preaching the truths of our Catholic faith as Fr. Mark Beard – God rest his soul.
Father Mark Beard, pastor at St. Helena Catholic Church in Amite, Louisiana, who died tragically in a car accident on Wednesday, Aug. 2, preached a stirring last homily on the need to unapologetically accept and live by the Catholic faith with a view toward the day we stand before God in judgment.
“You and I have got to stop apologizing for being Catholic. You need to learn your faith … you need to know the truth and I’m gonna tell you, I am not going to stand before Him and say, ‘Well, Lord, I would have pitched it, but, you know, there’s going to be pushback,’ because now that sin’s on me.
“I’ve got my own set, my brother and sister Christ; I’m not going to burn for another. So, it’s important for me to tell you the truth. You can pick and choose what you want and throw the rest away, but nobody’s going to nail my foot to the floor telling me … you just didn’t say what was truthful.
“My job is to pitch it. Whether you want to catch it or not is on you.
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