Our Need for the Patience and Goodness of Jesus

09-30-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

When we don’t like people, we can usually find a reason to justify our thoughts. The current controversy of the process of investigating Judge Kavanaugh as a candidate for our Supreme Court is a clear example of that. One side is convinced that he is guilty of some kind of sexual indiscretion in his past, while those who support him are convinced that he is innocent. Where is the truth? That kind of situation is seen in today’s Gospel. The disciples complain to Jesus that someone who is not part of their tight-knit group is doing what they want to do, he is driving out demons in Jesus’ name. What is Jesus’ response? He simply says that anyone who is driving out demons in His name is doing good.

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Angels (and Demons) by Peter Kreeft

09-30-2018Formed Suggestion of the Week

In response to actual questions many people have asked him about angels and demons, well-known author and philosophy professor Peter Kreeft separates fact from fantasy, and myth from reality, as he answers 100 common questions about these spiritual beings. Based on a very popular college course he teaches on this subject, this book responds to the incredible amount of interest in angelic beings and attempts to clear up some of the misinformation abounding in the numerous books today on what we know about these mysterious spirits.

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Taking Up Our Crosses

09-23-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As much as we seek peace and security in our daily lives, there always seems to be another obstacle to overcome, situation to be resolved, or need that we know we should respond to. In last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus seems to complicate the road to inner and outer peace as He says, “the Son of Man must suffer greatly and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and rise after three days.”

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Our Trust is in Jesus Christ

09-16-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

How do we get from distrust, disillusionment, and disappointment to trust, goodness, and unity? Every day we are bombarded with messages of distrust, disillusionment, and disappointment. That is the work of evil, the devil himself. We are still facing the crisis caused by members of the clergy who abused children. That evil makes the shadow of distrust, disillusionment, and disappointment darker when we think or speak about the Church.

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Compassion

09-09-2018From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

In our technological world, we are constantly being spoken to either verbally or by the written word. Live TV reports, e-mail, texting and a host of other means on the Internet are at our fingertips. But no matter how often we listen to or read a message, the best communication takes place face-to-face, in person.

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Reaching Out to Those in Desperate Need

09-02-2018From the Pastor's DeskFr. Shibi and Fr. Jobin

Fr. Shibi and Fr. Jobin continue to be in contact with the people of their state where so much damage and loss of life has taken place because of the flooding. Their report this week speaks of how their fellow priests are intricately involved in the rescue, feeding and housing their people, and their future efforts and goals. As you read this column I am sure you like me will be touched by such goodness and be part of it through your prayers and donations.

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