An Ordinary Martyr,

01-20-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

An Ordinary Martyr, the Life and Death of Blessed Stanley Rother, tells the story of a young man born into a devoted German Catholic family in the small farming town of Okarche, Oklahoma. His calling to the priesthood and missionary service led him to Guatemala where he would give his life for his people. This short film captures the heart, devotion and resolution of Blessed Stanley Rother and the ultimate sacrifice he made for his faith.

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The Truth About Choice

01-20-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

With the conclusion of the Masses last Sunday where we celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord we entered another phase of the Church Liturgical Year called ordinary time. This portion of ordinary time will last until March 8, 2019 which is Ash Wednesday. From that point on we will focus on the forty days of Lent, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and the fifty days of Easter. Then on Monday, June 8, 2019 we will once again resume ordinary time in our Liturgical Year. Even though we call our current time ordinary, there is nothing ordinary or mundane about it. Yes, we all have our daily routines. The lights, decorations, and splendor of Christmas decorations have run their course and now we are in ordinary time of winter in the world of nature. But there is nothing ordinary about our lives. If we get ourselves into the rut of a routine we can all too easily slip into the melancholy idea expressed in the first line of my column last week which came from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 1:9: “What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun!” The ordinary presence of the people we love and who love us are far from melancholy and mundane. Their presence is inspiring, encouraging, and life giving. Hopefully we can see the joy we bring to all those we encounter every day. Most importantly, hopefully we can see the presence of God.

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The Lessons of History

01-13-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“What has been, that will be; what has been done, that will be done. Nothing is new under the sun!” This quote, from the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes 1:9, at times can seem pessimistic and dooming. We know that if we do not learn from the mistakes made by those who preceded us in history, we are doomed to repeat them. What is new is what we are completing our celebration of in a special way in our Church year today; the celebration of the birth of Jesus. In Jesus, God entered our world. Why? Simply because He loves us. We are free to accept this love and grow in our life with Him and we are free to go our own way.

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Life Lessons by Patrick Madrid

01-13-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Popular author and presenter Patrick Madrid draws Life Lessons from the many interesting, funny, instructive, and poignant experiences of his life. With wisdom and good humor, Patrick reflects upon the treasure trove of riches we can all take from our daily lives.

Grounded in Scripture and a firm moral foundation, Patrick's Life Lessons shows how the smallest stories that make up your life are clear pointers to the greater story of God's work in your life. The laughter, the tears, and the beauty of life come alive through Patrick's insightful and clear style. These life lessons will inspire you to look anew at your everyday experiences--and see the wonder of God.

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Catholic Answers to the World’s Questions with Christopher Check

01-06-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

FORMED sometimes offers live events where viewers can watch a presentation as it happens and submit questions online for a guest. These episodes are then made available for later viewing. In “Catholic Answers to the World’s Questions,” hear the interesting story of how the Catholic Answers website began. Host Jayd Henricks and Christopher Check, President of Catholic Answers discuss the importance of Catholic apologetics in the New Evangelization.

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The Free Gift of God's Love

01-06-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Whenever we are looking to do something well we have to put our heart, soul, mind, and strength into it. At times it takes a lot of courage and energy. We really have to believe in what we are doing. Determination is defined as firmness of purpose or resoluteness. The more determined we are, the more we plumb he depths of our heart, soul, mind and strength. During Advent we reflected on the words of the prophets and came to see clearly God’s determination to send a Savior to us. Jesus is the one who fulfilled these prophecies and promises. God spoke through the prophets even though many times people ignored the message. God was not put off by human indifference or rejection. The determining factor was His all encompassing, unconditional love. God never stopped and will never stop loving us. During the Christmas Season we reflect on the wonder and awe of the birth of Jesus through the eyes of Mary, Joseph, the shepherds who heeded the message of the angel to go to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child as an infant, and the Magi who journeyed to see Him.

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