The Seed

The Seed

Prayer is the Only Way

Posted by Erin Elking

In any season of life, prayer is essential, but its importance comes into starkest relief during periods of crisis, difficulty, and challenge. Our ability to face the struggles of the day and carry its crosses is intimately bound up with our ability to pray, and our ability to pray ... Read More »

Going Deeper

Posted by Erin Elking

Many of us have heard this response to a difficult religious question: “It’s a mystery!” Yet while it may not satisfy our curiosity in the moment, it does capture a profound truth about our faith: no matter how much we know, there is always more to know, and we ... Read More »

Entering the Mystery of Mass

Posted by Erin Elking

“Every Holy Mass, heard with devotion, produces in our souls marvelous effects, abundant spiritual and material graces which we, ourselves, do not know…If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass…The earth could exist more easily without ... Read More »

Model for Hope

Posted by Erin Elking

The last time I wrote a bulletin article it briefly covered the need for hope in our world. The document by Pope Benedict XVI titled Spes Salvi covers many aspects of living a life of hope. At the end of the document, he writes about the Blessed Virgin Mary ... Read More »

Enjoy the Silence

Posted by Erin Elking

A friend of mine has an apostolate in which she encourages people to acknowledge and give thanks to God for all the ways He is working in their lives, which often requires carving out space for silence. “The world is noisy, God whispers” – a slogan of hers. To ... Read More »

Star of the Sea

Posted by Erin Elking

I ask everyone to take a Beacons of Light flyer home with them today. With this, and in light of the Solemnity of the Assumption we celebrated on Monday, I offer this beautiful homily from Pope Benedict XVI on the significance of Mary’s Assumption, and how she becomes for ... Read More »

Beacons of Light Update

Posted by Erin Elking

As we move through this first phase of Beacons of Light, which began July 1st, I want to bring everyone up to speed on where we stand today. As you know, many parishes in the area have already undergone significant changes to Mass schedules and some have even begun ... Read More »

Law is Fulfilled in Love

Posted by Erin Elking

 As I write this pastor’s note, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Alphonsus Liguori (August 1). If you have never read anything from St. Alphonsus, I encourage you to acquire some of his works, such as The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ, which I reference below. ... Read More »

True Hope

Posted by Erin Elking

In our society and world today there is a great need for true hope. There is a need for the hope that comes from looking at this world through the eyes of faith. This outlook on life realizes that man is fallen but redeemed by a loving God and ... Read More »

Prayer is Necessary

Posted by Erin Elking

While Fr. Hess is away, he wanted to offer a follow-up to his homily on prayer, with some words from Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. This is a reflection he gave in 2012 on the feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori (August 1st), highlighting the great saint’s powerful teaching on the ... Read More »