“Behold I am with you always, even to the close of the age.”

Matthew 28:20

Jesus promised that He would never abandon His people; He promised that He would remain until the end of time. Jesus walked the earth over 2000 years ago, yet He is still present and active in the lives of His people. He is with them. However, recognizing God’s presence in our world today takes a ‘trained eye’ and an act of faith. Jesus can most readily be recognized through the witness of Christian people, people who acknowledge and testify to the power and presence of God in their lives. The ‘Encounter with Christ’ stories help to highlight how God is working in the lives of the people in the parish of St. Magdalen’s Church. These stories are meant to help those who read them to more easily recognize God’s presence in their own lives. God wants to be known by you and to work in your life—invite Him to do so.

Meeting Jesus in Adoration

03-20-2016Encountering ChristMaggie Castles

I was in the 2nd grade the first time I ever encountered Jesus in Adoration. I went with my mother to the Carmelite monastery in Flemington and in the stillness of that place I could sense something special was happening. This realization filled me with awe, even as a small child. I would watch my mother shut her eyes and just let go of the concerns and worries she carried as a mother of 12 children. She would go to the turntable and leave her troubles in the hands of the nuns and at the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament—that was the kind of faith she had.

In many ways my mother's faith has influenced how I pray and how I have come to rely on the Lord to provide for all my needs. When I got to adoration I feel it's just Him and me and that He knows me better than I know myself. I know that I can leave everything, all of my anxieties and concerns with Him. When I give those things over to Him—then in the quiet, He can speak to me. I really long for those times and have found that I can only be effective in my work and in how I love my family by going to the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

I remember one particular Friday, I was working in the Religious Education Office and I had a thousand things to do. I remember thinking I couldn't go to adoration as I customarily do at noon because my list went on and on but then a thought popped into my head, "You have so much to do, you need to go to adoration!" I have to laugh because I was able to do everything on my list more quickly and more efficiently because I took time to be with Jesus in adoration, and allowed Him to fill me up. I love adoration and I have come to feel that if I don't go, I'm missing out! He is always there waiting for me, and nothing makes sense without Him.

Maggie Castles