"He was what I am"

05-20-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“I am all at once what Christ is since He was what I am.” As I was preparing my homily for last Sunday I was amazed at this line in one of the commentaries. It comes from a poem by Gerard Manly Hopkins. How can I be what Christ is? How was He what I am? In the creed that we profess together at Mass every Sunday we say: “For us men and for our salvation, He came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary and became man.” Jesus was fully human.

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The Inviting and Liberating Presence of Jesus

05-13-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

It is always wonderful to feel we are welcome into the presence of others. Of course, the other side of that is making others aware that they are welcome into our presence. Sometimes we feel we are given the bum’s rush and at times we are the person rushing to get away from people we do not want to deal with at the moment. Even more, sometimes we do not want to be alone with ourselves and our thoughts of who we are and what we have done in the past. This is the last Sunday of the Easter season. Next Sunday will conclude the Easter Season of fifty days as we celebrate Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit on the followers of Jesus.

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The Gifts of Wonder and Awe

05-06-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Wonder and awe is one of the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit. As the bishop prepares to anoint those to be confirmed with Sacred Chrism he first holds out his hands and prays: “All-powerful God, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by water and the Holy Spirit you freed your sons and daughters from sin and gave them new life. Send your Holy Spirit upon them to be their helper and guide. Give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of right judgment and courage, the spirit of knowledge and reverence. Fill them with the spirit of wonder and awe in your presence. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

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God is Always with Us

04-29-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

I thank Fr. Shibi for writing his article about his visit to Fatima and his insights and experiences of the Good Shepherd and the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Easter Season is our time to be lifted up, inspired, encouraged, enlivened, and enriched by the Resurrection of Jesus and the power that overflows into our hearts from it. Fr. Shibi communicated so beautifully how our faith in the Good Shepherd enables us to see how “God is calling us to trust Him, to obey Him, to love Him more deeply for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.” Once again, thank you Fr. Shibi!

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The Good Shepherd Cares for His Flock

04-22-2018From the Pastor's DeskFr. Shibi Pappan

This week's pastor letter was written by our Associate Pastor Fr. Shibi Pappan.

This Sunday is Good Shepherd Sunday and in the Gospel reading, Jesus says He is the Good Shepherd. He gives three characteristics of a Good Shepherd. First, a good shepherd cares so much for the members of his flock that he is willing to risk his life to protect them. Secondly, he knows each of the sheep well. Thirdly, he cares about all of them, even those who go astray. Lots of things are ready to snatch us from the Lord, to lure us away from Christ. There are hundreds of voices calling to and for our souls. But in the world of many voices, through the Church, the voice of the Good Shepherd is with us every day. Today, through the four pillars of Catholicism, we are united to our Good Shepherd.

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The Way, The Truth, and The Life

04-15-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Whenever we look forward to an event or activity that is outside, we hope that the weather will be good. When we work hard we hope our efforts will bear fruit. As we continue our celebration of Easter, which can only take place if we live our lives as people of faith (since for the world outside of faith Easter is another holiday that is past), we cannot help but to be amazed and inspired by the unwavering hope of Jesus for us. In last Sunday’s Gospel from John 20:19-31 we reflected on two post Resurrection appearances of Jesus. In both of them His greeting was, “Peace be with you!”

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True Peace

04-08-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“Peace be with you!” These are the words of greeting Jesus speaks to His disciples as they are gathered in fear and disappointment in themselves. The Risen Christ comes into their midst to express His continued love for them and His joy over their presence in His life. All of this seems so contradictory to what we see over and over again when we and others are disappointed, denied, and betrayed. There are feelings of anger and revenge that cloud our minds and hearts.

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We Are God's Beloved Children

04-01-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Happy Easter!! In the world of nature, we look forward to the season of spring and the appearance of new life bursting forth. As I write this column on the second day of spring, it is snowing heavily. At this point, we are all looking beyond the white of winter to the green grass and leaves and the color of flowers in nature. Easter is about new life. Like natural human childbirth, there are labor pains to get to new life. The ultimate pains were endured by Jesus as He was rejected, betrayed, denied, and crucified.

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