The Treasure of Faith

07-30-2023From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As I have started to pack and get ready to move to St. John the Evangelist in Center Moriches on November 1st, I look at the things I have accumulated in my twenty years here. In the rectory I have two rooms in which I have lived for these past twenty years and there are countless books, papers, clothes, pictures, and other treasures to go through. What will I take? What will I give away? What will I throw out?

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Nurturing the Seed of Faith

07-23-2023From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

One of the joys in life is seeing good things happen when we put our hearts, minds, and souls into what we are doing. In last Sunday’s Gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) and in the Gospel for today (Matthew 13:24-43), Jesus uses the image of crops growing and the kind of harvest that comes from our efforts. Jesus came to sow the seeds of God’s love and is the very presence of God’s love. He shares this presence with us when we pray, read the Scriptures, and receive the Sacraments. How patient and hopeful Jesus is. He accepts each one of us for who we are and loves us as we are in every moment of our lives.

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The Fruit of our Love

07-16-2023From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As I look out the kitchen window in the rectory, the garden Fr. Fred and Fr. Abraham planted is full of fruit-bearing plants that are growing and prospering. How amazing it is to see how such little seeds when planted produce such stalks and stems that bear so much fruit. One tiny tomato seed grows into a large plant that produces so many tomatoes. We so easily take for granted this wonder of nature that provides us with so much that we need.

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Meek and Humble of Heart

07-09-2023From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Back in the sixties the word “cool” was used to describe people who seemed calm, in control, and not rattled by anyone or anything. It was referred to as a “hippie” compliment. It is not so easy to be calm, cool, and collected in our everyday lives. We live in a society of constant and instant news report and opinions. Our minds are all too easily focused on the phones we carry in our hands. We text, e-mail, shop, express thoughts and opinions, and amuse ourselves on these technological wonders. What can be a tool for communication and knowledge all too easily leads to an addiction that blinds us to who and what is going on around us.

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True Freedom

07-02-2023From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

This coming Tuesday we will celebrate the Fourth of July, a day when we remember the courage of our founding fathers as they declared independence from British Rule as a colony and established a nation where all people could be free. Freedom is a beautiful gift and at the same time can be used to make choices and do things that hurt others and separate rather than unite us. In our nation today freedom is hampered as we are clearly divided over abortion, immigration, and polarized political ideology and visions.

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