Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? from Ignatius Press

04-21-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

If Christ has not been raised, said the Apostle Paul, then Christian Faith is in vain. The Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth is not an incidental or minor aspect of Christianity. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, Christianity is certainly false.

Skeptics have long tried to show that there was no Resurrection. Today, there has been a resurgence of attacks on this central truth of Christianity. Some people claim that the followers of Jesus fabricated the Resurrection. Others argue that the disciples hallucinated or had a “vision” of their dead master, which they confused with a truly risen Jesus. Others still suggest that the Resurrection was a myth or that the Apostles may have seen a spirit or witnessed a “spiritual resurrection” that had nothing to do with an empty tomb and the transformation of Jesus’s dead body. Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? carefully scrutinizes the historical evidence. Rather than accept Christian belief blindly, top scholars, and biblical historians critically examine alternative explanations. In the end, they show why it is a matter of sound reason as well as faith to affirm what the early Church proclaimed: Jesus is risen.

A fascinating, fast-paced, exciting exploration of Jesus’s fate, Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead? shows how Jesus’ Resurrection has consequences for every one of us.

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Rising Above Our Fears

04-21-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Happy Easter! As much as spring is upon us and nature is once again blooming, today’s celebration begins our fifty-day celebration of the ultimate source and meaning of our lives. Once again we focus on the fact that not only is there life after death, but on the power of our life with God in Jesus every single day of our lives. We began our forty-day preparation to celebrate Easter on Ash Wednesday, looking to pray more, to fast to strengthen our desire and ability to rise above our own needs and concerns, and to open our hearts to give generously of our time, talent, and resources. Yes, Lent is over and hopefully we can look back and see where we have nourished ourselves spiritually, morally, and mentally. Now is our time to see where we are inspired to rise not only above all that is not good, sinful, evil, and life draining to ourselves and others, but most importantly, to see where we can and want to rise to do all that is good and life giving for ourselves and others.

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Confession by Fr. Larry Richards

04-14-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

On Monday, April 15th, confession will be offered in our parish from 3:00 to 9:00 PM. Whether you are someone who frequents this sacrament or someone who has not been in many years, this video is a great confession help. Based upon his proven and powerful parish mission presentation, Fr. Larry Richards’s talk on Confession has become the #1 talk in North America for learning more about this Sacrament. He is riveting, honest, humorous, down-to-earth, and often touchingly gentle. Fr. Larry provides listeners with hope to strive for a closer, healing relationship with Jesus Christ.

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Accepting Jesus' Invitation

04-14-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

When I was in my next to the last year in the seminary before ordination the first semester we went to Pilgrim State Mental Hospital on Wednesdays. We would begin our day with Mass with the residents celebrated by the chaplain. We brought guitars and sang music at the Mass. But each time we came to communion, one of the residents would beat us to the punch and start singing the old traditional hymn “O Lord I Am Not Worthy.” The first verse is: O Lord, I am not worthy That Thou should'st come to me, But speak the words of comfort, My spirit healed shall be. Those words came to mind as I was praying evening prayer last week in Psalm 114 which had the verse: “Lord, what is man that you care for him, mortal man, that you keep him in mind; man, who is merely a breath, whose life fades like a shadow?” That verse and the first verse of the hymn “O Lord I Am Not Worthy” jump out as we listen to and reflect on the Gospel for today, Palm Sunday, the Passion according to St. Luke. Why did Jesus suffer what He did?

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How Long?

04-07-2019From the Pastor's DeskRev. Msgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

“Get a life!!!!” I along with about ten other people heard those words spoken with an angry voice as we were praying in front of Planned Parenthood on Maple Avenue last Tuesday morning. The voice was a woman’s and came from her as she was passing by in her car. Obviously she is pro-choice and our presence triggered anger in her. How sad. But as soon as I heard those angry words I smiled in my heart as this thought came immediately to my mind: “That is exactly why we are here praying in front of this abortion facility. We want much more than a life, we are there to save as many lives as possible!” When I arrived there this past Tuesday, one of our parishioners greeted me with joyful news. A lady came across the street before I got there and told the people praying that she came with her daughter who was considering an abortion and went into the facility. But the daughter had second thoughts and left. They came out to the people praying and told them thank you for being there. Those praying gave them the number to call for help with the pregnancy and they left happy and grateful. Standing in front of Planned Parenthood is not the most desirable thing to do. We live in a country that has adamant pro-abortion people in Planned Parenthood as well as in our elected state and federal government. Many people right here in the Smithtown area are pro-abortion and make their objection to our presence in prayer known. But how good it is to know our prayers and presence are making a difference.

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Unplanned by Abby Johnson

04-07-2019Formed Suggestion of the Week

Go behind the scenes of Unplanned, the inspiring true story of one woman's journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she fought to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America.

This feature includes behind the scene interviews with Abby Johnson, Ashley Bratcher (who plays the role of Abby in the film), the screenplay writers, and more! Go behind the scenes of Unplanned, the inspiring true story of one woman's journey of transformation. All Abby Johnson ever wanted to do was help women. As one of the youngest Planned Parenthood clinic directors in the nation, she fought to enact legislation for the cause she so deeply believed in. Until the day she saw something that changed everything, leading Abby to join her former enemies at 40 Days For Life, and become one of the most ardent pro-life speakers in America. This feature includes behind the scene interviews with Abby Johnson, Ashley Bratcher (who plays the role of Abby in the film), the screenplay writers, and more!

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