In the beatitudes Jesus reveals that those who are clean of heart will be able to see God. Purity is a requirement to behold God both in Heaven and on Earth. Yet what does it mean to be clean of heart? It means to strive more and more to see others as they truly are: beloved children of God who are made in His image and likeness. It means seeking to find Jesus hidden in our neighbor. Purity and faith go hand in hand. The pure recognize Jesus hidden in humanity. The faithful recognize Jesus hidden in the Eucharist. May we be granted the grace to recognize Jesus always and in everyone.
The St. Magdalen’s Youth Ministry sponsored a Fall retreat this past November for all high school students. Over 35 youth from our parish participated in prayer, fellowship, and instruction. When Michele Beckman, the Coordinator of Youth Ministry, asked the participants to describe their experience, they had this to say:READ MORE
An 8th grade CCD class led by Mrs. Vizzoni and Mrs. Metcalf is doing a very unconventional form of stewardship for Confirmation this year: becoming prayer buddies with St. Magdalen’s homebound members. Since September, each has exchanged notes introducing him or herself, and each are encouraged to pray daily for his/her prayer “buddy.” As well, the students are baking cupcakes and cookies for the seniors to enjoy at their bi-weekly homebound meetings.READ MORE
Winter brings darkness, cold, and sometimes a great deal of snow. The lack of sunlight and the monotony ofour days can cause many people to lose hope. Yet Jesus promises to be our light and our salvation. He promises to guide our paths and that the darkness will not overcome us. In Eucharistic Adoration we come before the Lord of Heaven and Earth, the Lord who was not afraid to stand as a light in the darkness. He remains with us to strengthen our hearts to persevere when all appears dark and we feel lost. He remains withHis children to remind them “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” —John1:5
St. Maximillian Kolbe once stated, “If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: HolyCommunion." This is a profound reality to ponder. Angels who look upon the face of God, who are in Heaven,who cannot suffer, still do not possess the greatest gift which God has given to humanity: the Eucharist. It canoften be tempting to forget that the ordinary bread and wine are truly the body and blood of Jesus Christ, yetGod is with us. He remains with us and He gives Himself completely to us. Let us rejoice in the greatness andthe goodness of our God, acknowledging that while our time on earth may be filled with trials and sufferings,God never asks us to walk alone.
I became involved in the Knights of Columbus through a friend, who knew I was looking for a way to give back to our Parish community. Once I joined, I discovered an organization that not only gives back, but does so much more. Our Council holds an annual blood drive, donates winter coats to needy children, raises funds for children with special needs, provides meals and toys to families at Christmas, and provides other support to our parish. We also support each other in times of need. Our Order was founded in 1882 to support widows and children left behind when the family breadwinner died. We continue that mission to this day, giving time to support Knights and their families, and providing a top-rated insurance program available only to members.READ MORE
Today the Church celebrates the feast of the Epiphany—the manifestation of Jesus as the Christ or ‘Anointed one ofGod’ to all the world. The Magi teach us a great deal about how we ought to approach Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration.First they approached with faith, recognizing that this was no ordinary child but rather the Son of God. We too must lookupon the consecrated host, not as ordinary bread but as the hidden God. Secondly they presented the Lord with gifts, thebest of what they had to offer. When we approach the Lord Jesus we must present Him with all that we are and all thatwe have—our minds, and our hearts. In this way our Lord will continue to manifest His presence to us and through us toall the world.
Admittedly, I was only able to attend one session during the ‘Discovering Christ’ series of ChristLife, due to sickness. Yet by taking the questions we discussed in the first session and meditating upon them on my own time in the following weeks, I still experienced a change in how I view my relationship with Christ. Pondering these questions helped me to realize that I needed to re-evaluate my relationship with Him.READ MORE
Every New Year’s we make resolutions to quite bad habits and to live healthier lifestyles. At base these resolutions canbe good since they reveal a dissatisfaction with mediocrity and a desire to experience abundant life. But why not make aresolution which is not only good for you physically but also spiritually? Consider making Eucharistic Adoration part ofyour New Year’s resolutions. What we spend our time on reveals what we value. If you desire peace, healing, and fullness of joy then spending time with God will allow you to become fully alive. When we dedicate specific time toprayer we are able to receive the good things God desires to grant us.
In the early morning of Saturday, November 19, I joined 40 other people for a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The basilica is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America and one of the ten largest churches in the world. On this pilgrimage we joined representatives from other parishes in our diocese to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our Diocese of Metuchen. We would also have a final chance to walk through the ‘Holy Door’ before it closed, with the ending of the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. A pilgrimage is very different from a bus trip, although the mode of transportation might be the same. On a pilgrimage, the destination of the trip is a religious site; pilgrims travel there to receive special graces from God. We traveled to the Basilica to invoke God’s Mercy for ourselves and our diocese.READ MORE