Year of Faith

01-27-2013Weekly ReflectionSr. Pat

Dear Friends,

My name is Sr. Pat and I've been privileged to minister at St. Magdalen's Parish for 12 years, five years as the Director of Religious Education and 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House.

Thank you for your generous response to the Thanksgiving Dinner and the Giving Tree at Christmas. During my 7 years at Our Lady of Hope House the number of families being served by the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry has greatly increased from 30 families to 75 families. We count on your generous response to the needs of our brothers and sisters as we continue to buy food each week to supplement the donations. Be assured that your intentions are lifted up in prayer each day in gratitude.

Something I want to share with you is my excitement about "The Year of Faith" that began in October. For all of us it's a call to open the doors of our hearts and let God enter more deeply, a call to personal conversion. In November some of the staff attended a workshop on "The Year of Faith" given at the Diocesan Center. The main presenter was Dr. Ralph Martin one of Fr. Tim's professors at the Seminary in Detroit. A book by Dr. Martin called "The Fulfillment of All Desire" caught my attention. It is a guidebook for the journey to God based on the wisdom of the saints: St. Bernard, St. Augustine, St. John of the Cross, St. Teresa and St. Therese to name a few.

Each day I read a little. It's about the universal call to holiness and how to get there. You will find it profoundly simple but exciting if you want more of God! I'm about halfway through the 440 pages and I don't want it to end. It's not a quick read that I can skim through. It requires prayerful reading but gives great hope, a call to accept God's love, and to desire the more He has for us. So I say to you "Get this book! Jump in friends and experience the more God has for you."

God Bless You all,

Sr. Pat