"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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