Encountering Christ in Reconciliation

06-25-2017Encountering ChristMichael Sarno

While we can encounter GOD at many different times in our lives, one memorable encounter for me was in the Sacrament of Reconciliation many years ago. I was in my last year of law school and had been recognizing GOD’s pull on my heart to go to Confession. At that point, I hadn’t been to Confession for over 10 years. It was a struggle for me to go because it had been so long, and I hadn’t been exactly living a life of virtue.

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In Gratitude for Fr. Tim Christy

06-25-2017Pastor's LetterSt Magdalen de Pazzi Parish Community

So many of us could share a particular moment when Fr. Tim offered wordsof prayer, encouragement in times of difficulty, or spiritual guidance whichhas influenced our faith. The parish community of St Magdalen’s has beenblessed to have a pastor with such wisdom and faith in God.

With a strong devotion to our Mother Mary and a heart for evangelization,Fr Tim has modeled in his own life what it means to trust in the Holy Spirit.As pastor, Fr Tim has echoed the words of Benedict XVI by developing avibrant parish that embraces the richness of Catholic Tradition and encourages discipleship for evangelization.

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Uncomfortable in Silence

06-25-2017Eucharistic Adoration

Why is Silence so uncomfortable? We have gone to greatpains in our modern world to replace silence with background noise; whether it be in the car, at the gym, oreven while standing in an elevator. Yet what makes silenceso difficult for us? In the silence, we are alone with ourselves and our thoughts. In our thoughts God speaks. Perhaps we fear to think about our unanswered questions, our unfulfilled desires, and our un-calmed fears. Yet, God’sprimary language is silence precisely because He uses suchquestions to draw us to Himself. In Eucharistic Adorationwe can come before God with our questions, our desires,and our fears and have no doubt that He will indeed speakto us. Reality is not always pleasant to look upon yet whenwe approach Jesus in the silence of prayer we are practicing the virtue of fortitude. If we come before Him toreceive His words of truth, He will set us free from all fearand anxiety.

Welcome Ministry

06-18-2017Parish Life

The newly founded WelcomeMinistry at St. Magdalen’s is doing a great deal of good in the lives of those who come to our parish seeking spiritual nourishment. People who are new to our parish or who have simply never registered call St. Magdalen’s parish secretary, Carmela . Once initial contact has been made, Carmela reaches out to Lyn Anderson, the coordinator for the Welcome Ministry. Lyn has ten people on her team who she in turn assigns to reach out to individuals and their families.

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Why?

06-18-2017Eucharistic Adoration

Why do we go before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to pray? We worship and adore Him because in justice, this is God’s due. The angels in Heaven are in constant adorationof God. To look upon Him face to face is a great privilegeand joy. On earth to look upon the face of those whom welove and to be with them is among our greatest joys—howmuch more so when that ‘loved one’ is the God who knowsand loves us completely. God deserves to be adored because He is God, because He is good, and because He isbeautiful. In adoration we come face to face with who Godis and who we are. In the light of that truth we find peace and happiness.

“We Love Because He First Loved Us.”—1John 4:19

06-11-2017Eucharistic Adoration

In prayer we allow Jesus to love us. Our desire to love Jesus is in direct proportion to our recognition of His great personal love for us. This is why looking at God’s action in our lives, both in the past and presently, is so important. If God continually reminded the Israelites of old to remember His works, it was to fortify them in the truth that He loved them and would always provide for their needs. When we look at our own lives we too can see how time and again God has provided for us superabundantly. The more we recognize how much God has loved us, protected us, and guided us, the more we will grow in our love for Him since gratitude is the beginning of love. May we continually go to prayer to receive love so as to make a return of love.

Allowing the Holy Spirit to Pray in Us

06-04-2017Eucharistic Adoration

St. John Paul II recognized His great need for God andso made a holy hour every morning from 5am-6am.During that time He could be heard audibly‘groaning’. He knew well what St. Paul taught in hisletter to the Romans, “We do not know how to pray as we ought but the Spirit intercedes with inexpressible groanings” (Romans 8:26). Sometimes we are confused, conflicted, sometimes we simply cannotfind the words to express our great need for God. Inthese times we must rely upon the Holy Spirit to formulate the prayer within us, for us. A child doesnot know how to express itself perfectly but whenthey present themselves to a loving parent and signaltheir need for help, aid is offered. The same is truewith God. We may not know how to pray but we canplace our self in God’s presence and He will pray forus by praying in us.