Nurturing the Seed of Faith

06-17-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden
One of the wonders that is before us in nature is the growth of the flowers and produce in our gardens. The last time I went out east, I bought strawberries in Mattituck that were big, ripe, and delicious. There is a very short period of time when the local strawberries and other local produce are available. In today’s Gospel Jesus uses the image of seeds being planted and growing. The seed of faith is planted in each one of us when we are baptized. In our early years our parents, siblings, relatives, and teachers help that seed to grow. Like the seeds we put in the ground, the seed of faith planted at baptism needs to be nurtured with love. That love not only comes from the countless sacrifices and concern of parents but also from the good example of all of us.READ MORE

An Important Appeal

06-10-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Recently I read a reflection that said the most radical words Jesus speaks in the Gospels are: “Love our enemies.” The last thing we want to do with those who we consider “enemies” or those who anger or aggravate us is to love them. Jesus goes even further in the Sermon on the Mount as He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45).

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A Commitment to Prayer

06-03-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

What is it that we really need? What is it that we are willing to generously and joyfully give away? We all need time to ourselves and for ourselves. One of the key ways that we are encouraged and invited to take time for ourselves is by praying. Prayer is far more than just reciting rote formulas, it is putting ourselves consciously and attentively into the presence of God. There are many people, issues, and concerns we speak to God about as we pray. But prayer is first and foremost simply putting ourselves into the presence of God. We live in a society of constant and instant communication with our cell phones, computers, and iPads. There is always the temptation to switch on one of those devices to see who called, who is texting us, or who is revealing themselves to us. God does not call on the phone, text, or use the social media to reveal Himself to us personally. Like anyone who truly loves us, He reveals Himself to us in person.

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