Being Who We Are Created to Be

01-28-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

In the beginning of the third Eucharistic Prayer used at Mass, there are these words: “Through your Son our Lord Jesus Christ, by the power and working of the Holy Spirit, you give life to all things and make them holy.” On many days when I pray this Eucharistic Prayer, these words jump out at me. God is the author and creator of all life. How blessed we are to be alive and to know that our life is a gift from God.

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Wonder and Awe for Life in the Womb

01-21-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the gifts of children is to be inspired by their sense of wonder and awe. When I would take my nephew who is now in third year college to the beach before he went to kindergarten he would express wonder at what was so easily taken for granted. One day in January around the year 2000, we went to a local beach in Greenport. It was a cold but very calm and clear day. You could walk out on the dock there and look down and clearly see the bottom of the bay. In his enthusiasm, recognizing the beauty of the day and the beach, he innocently asked, "Where is everybody?" Why weren't there more people to enjoy this beach on such a beautiful day, was his thought.

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"Our hearts are restless . . . "

01-14-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

In communication, we have gone from word of mouth, to writing letters, to telegrams, to phone calls, to e-mails, to texting, to Facebook. We certainly have the resources today to communicate and speak to one another instantly and frequently. But no matter how many texts we receive or Facebook friends we have, there is still no substitute for being personally in the presence of those we love and those who love us.

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Being Aware of God's Presence

01-07-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the amazing conveniences we so take for granted is our ability to travel great distances in short periods of time. Back in the nineteenth century, many people migrated to the west on different trails by wagon train. The Oregon Trail that began in Kansas City was 2,170 miles long and brought the travelers to valleys in Oregon. That trip by covered wagon took four to five months at a rate of fifteen to twenty miles a day. Today we can easily travel that distance by airplane in a matter of hours and by car in a matter of a few days.

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