What could draw a group of men to leave the countryside of Flemington to venture into the inner city of Newark? Nothing short of the love of Jesus Christ and His poor. For this reason, once a month several members of St. Magdalen’s parish travel to aid the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in serving the poor.READ MORE
Our life on earth could be compared to a tread-mill; it can be monotonous yet it never stands still. What is true on the physical level can also be said of the spiritual. If we do not ‘continue to go forward’ with Jesus we will ‘fall off the treadmill’. Therefore everyday we must honestly evaluate whether we are growing closer to Christ or making compromises and readjust from there. Further, just as our daily routine can become burdensome and monotonous, so also our prayer life can feel this way. Although it may seem like nothing is happening when we pray and nothing is changing in our circumstances yet in faith we know that God is providing for our deepest needs and is keeping us afloat ‘on the treadmill’. Our relationship with God is strengthened when we are faithful to His commandments and to prayer. May we embrace the invitation He offers us through Eucharistic Adoration.
Perhaps Adoration can seem counter-intuitive. All day long at work and in school we are expected to pay attention and to be productive. We can even begin to measure success by how much we are able to accomplish.Understandably then, coming into a silent chapel and sitting before God in the Eucharist can seem to goagainst everything within us. Yet, God teaches us that to receive we do not have to do or give anything, wesimply need to be open. God’s grace is not earned but it is not “cheap” either. He asks only for a heart ready toreceive the good things He has in store for us.
It is difficult to imagine how glorious Heaven will be. St. Paul says, “What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, andwhat has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9). We havesmall glimpses of the joys that await God’s faithful ones even on earth, but they are simply that—glimpses. We experience the joy of good food and this is a foreshadowing of Heaven as an eternal banquet. We experience the joy oflove in human relationships and this foreshadows the joy of communing with the Triune God. One of the greatest joys ofHeaven will be to behold the beauty of God, face to face. Yet even now, we have a glimpse of that glory when we praybefore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. The joys of Heaven will be truly amazing but God does not wait until Heaven tocommune with us, He does so now through the Eucharist.
Before coming to St. Magdalen’s I had always been a teacher, but now God is asking me to try something new. The first week I was at Hope House I felt I was in the middle of a whirlwind; I had no idea what God was asking of me! I was so nervous; I could not even sleep. Finally, I just told the Lord, “Jesus I don’t know what to do, you have to help me.” He did. He guides me and He gives me people to help when I do not know the answers myself. I really love the work I do here, even more than I loved teaching.READ MORE
There is a deep sense of peace in Jesus’ Eucharistic presence. This calm is perhaps most palpable when we feelstorm-battered and worn thin from the cares of the world, work, and our family obligations. Jesus calls us toHimself especially when we feel close to drowning, when we feel the waves of adversity going far above ourheads. In those moments, Christ addresses Himself to us in the same way that He addressed St. Peter, “Takeheart it is I; have no fear.” (Matthew 14: 27). Jesus takes us by the hand and provides the strength and courage we need to endure in trials. The peace of Christ brings healing and fortitude.
Every year thousands of pilgrims gather and peacefully protest one of the greatest atrocities against humankind,abortion. Buses from churches, towns, and universities gather to not only ‘march for life’ but to pray and peacefullywitness to the dignity of every human person from conception to natural death. I was one of over 100 pilgrimswho traveled from St. Magdalen’s Church last Friday, January 29th to pray and to witness to the goodness of humanlife. We began the day prayerfully, attending Mass at 6amand then traveled by bus to our nation’s capital. We prayed the rosary on the way up to Washington and stopped at the Golden Corral for dinner to feast and debrief about what wehad experienced during the march.READ MORE