Jesus Came, Saw, and Conquered Evil

11-29-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Veni, Vidi, Vici. These three Latin words were spoken by Julius Caesar after a victory in the first century. They mean “I came, I saw, I conquered.” Today we begin a new Church year with the First Sunday of Advent. At our Masses, we will listen to the prophets speak of the hopes for a Messiah. Why do we need a Messiah? To not ask that question or see that need is to be what Fr. Liu spoke of in one of his pithy Chinese sayings, it is to be a frog at the bottom of the well.

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Being Proactive in our Faith

11-19-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

There are certain times in our lives when we look back with gratitude and look forward with hope. Today is the Feast of Christ the King and is the final Sunday in this current Church year. Next Sunday we will begin a new Church year and our spiritual preparation for Christmas with the First Sunday of Advent. Looking back at this current Church year, we have seen things we never saw before. In March, the pandemic closed our churches for Mass, but we were able to use technology to Livestream our Masses every day. On Sundays, you were invited to come to the front of the church in your cars and be blessed by Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. I have been writing a message every day since the middle of March to encourage, thank, and let you know you are a very important part of who we are as the family of St. Patrick. We come into our church building now and see every other pew blocked off. Each week we seem to have more and more people coming. It is good to see everyone aware of one another as we wear masks and keep our distance socially. As your pastor, I am delighted to be able to pray with you and to greet you after the Masses. Hopefully, these restrictions caused by the coronavirus will be taken away when a good vaccine is found soon.

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Lighting Up the Lives of Others

11-15-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As we go through life we face many different kinds of fears or restraints on what we say, think, or do. One of the inspirational people I have been blessed to become friends with is a man who only has use of his left hand and is strapped into his wheelchair. I have had the privilege of helping him get out of his chair. It is amazing to see how he has so many physical straps to keep him in place. He has a seat belt, chest strap, shoulder strap over his head, and two straps on each foot. Yet his mental attitude is just the opposite. He uses his limited physical abilities to phone, e-mail, and have Zoom meetings with family and friends. Whenever we are out together, he always amazes people with his joyful, gracious, engaging attitude.

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Reaching Out in Love and Mercy

11-08-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

I am writing this Sunday column on Tuesday morning, election day. Tuesday is my day to do this because we have to send the bulletin to the publisher by noon on Wednesday. At this point, I have voted and have no idea who will win the election, but I am intrigued by the word election. As I wrote this past Tuesday, an elect is used not only as a verb but also in the Church as a noun. The Jewish people were the elect, God’s chosen people. All of us who are part of the Body of Christ, the Church, in the world are the elect or God’s chosen ones.

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Can We Go Back?

11-01-2020From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Today we celebrate the Feast of All Saints. TheSaints are human beings like you and me who embracedtheir faith and lived it with all their heart, soul, mind, andstrength. Each year on this feast day, the Gospel is fromMatthew 5:1-12, the Beatitudes. As part of my prayersevery day I say the Beatitudes. All eight of them point tohow rich the gift of Jesus is in our lives and our presencein His life. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, the Kingdom ofHeaven is theirs.” Poverty is not something we readilyembrace living in middle-class America. The key is tomove beyond the idea of material poverty to the blessingof poverty Jesus is talking about. I am rich when I pourout my heart in love to others. In his book “The EightDoors of the Kingdom” by Jacques Philippe, he offersthis insight: “What does this spiritual poverty consistof? If I had to sum it up in one sentence, I would say it isessentially a form of freedom, the freedom to receiveeverything freely and give everything freely.” We areanticipated and loved as we grow in our mother’s womband embraced physically with great joy the moment weare born. Life is a gift. Love is a gift. We are simplyblessed with it unconditionally the moment we areconceived and born.

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