One of the controversial issues in our country at this time is the wall President Trump said will be built on parts of the border between our nation and Mexico. Walls have been built in the past to protect cities and empires from invasion. How sad that a wall is causing far more than a physical obstacle to those who wish to come to our country illegally. The more difficult part of this issue is the wall it is building among us as a nation. Good will is on both sides of this issue, but distrust, anger, and judgments are permeating our respect for one another and our ability to work together for the good of all.READ MORE
Some things are easier to understand than others. Those things that are more complicated need our complete attention if we are going to grasp and understand what they are trying to tell us. For example, I find it much easier to operate my computer or iPhone if someone shows me what to do rather than reading instructions by myself. Then there are those things that are very simple but we make complicated by trying to ignore them or taking short cuts.
A few weeks ago at daily Mass we read from the book of Exodus where God gave the Ten Commandments to the Jewish people. He had just freed them from slavery in Egypt and was guiding them through the desert to the Promised Land. On the face of it, the Ten Commandments are very simple and straight forward. What complicates them is our human desire to excuse ourselves, cut corners, or compromise what we know is right. Their meaning is very basic and clear. In the first Commandment God says, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall not have other gods beside me. You shall not make for yourself an idol or a likeness of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters beneath the earth; you shall not bow down before them or serve them. For I, the LORD, your God, am a jealous God, inflicting punishment for their ancestors’ wickedness on the children of those who hate me, down to the third and fourth generation; but showing love down to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.” (Exodus 20:2- 6)READ MORE
This week's column was written by our associate pastor, Fr. Sean Magaldi.
Msgr. Walden recently asked me to write a bulletin article updating everyone about some of my adventures over the summer. I had the distinct privilege to attend three very important conferences. The first was in the middle of June, which was a youth ministry training conference in Arizona called CYMC. Theresa LoCascio, our youth minister, and I attended to help us with our high school youth ministry. Life Teen ran the conference and it was both informative and spiritually refreshing. When preaching the Gospel, it is very hard to quantify the results. One does not have the metrics to measure conversion and as a result, second-guessing and doubt can often creep in. We can get preoccupied with numbers, but we often forget that Jesus started with twelve and those twelve, with the help of others, spread the message of the Gospel across the world. Being able to pray with Theresa and hundreds of other youth ministers, was rejuvenating because it allowed me to slow down and pray for our youth ministry program in a very special way.READ MORE
What difference do I make through my love, risks, commitments, and sacrifices? It is satisfying when we see how what we do or say makes a difference in the lives of others. Not only are they enriched, we are inspired to keep giving of ourselves to others. We become more fully alive than we could ever be otherwise. On the other hand, it is frustrating when we put our best foot forward and do what needs to be done with love and it seems to make no difference and there is no gratitude. How easy it is mentally to go from wonderful thoughts of love and goodness to angry thoughts of rejection, spite, or revenge. While it is hard to be taken for granted and not appreciated, it is even more life draining to allow such thoughts to fester in our minds. They preoccupy our time and mental energy and leave us sad, if not downright angry.READ MORE