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Reflections and Perspectives

Welcome! Reflections, Testimonials, and Perspectives for St. Mary Magdalen are offered by our priests, deacons, parishioners, and others as guest writers. We will offer a Sunday Reflection as well as other topics. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Saturday of the Twenty-First Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Augustine—(345-+430) Bishop and Doctor of the Church, Patron Saint of Theologians

1 Thessalonians 4:9-11, Psalm 98:1, 7-8, 9, & Matthew 25:14-30

Today, we remember Saint Augustine. I find him a "hopeful" saint for me, and I expect for you as well. It took him a while to "get it." When he finally did, he was all in. Of course, he benefited from his dear faithful mother, Monica, whose feast day we celebrated yesterday, and who constantly prayed for his conversion. After researching the life of Augustine, I came across the song Roc O'Conner, S.J. wrote, which takes Augustine's prayer and brings it home for each of us, 'O Beauty Ever Ancient'. In it, Augustine can confess, "Late have I loved you. O late have I turned from seeking you in creatures. Fleeing grief and pain within. I turned to seek you in all things, things that you fashioned as a pathway, yet I lost myself in them. Yet you called, you shone, you summoned, and you drew my spirit home." He continues, "By your grace, you have renewed me; let me live my life in you. Let me find my life in you."

Friends, after listening to this beautiful hymn, each of us could compose our prayer, confessing our indifference and asking for the grace to be renewed and to find our life in Jesus Christ, our Lord, and our Savior.

Question of the Day: How will you defend the question, "where have I been hypocritical when it comes to my faith and values?"

Prayer: "Lord, renew in Your Church the spirit which You inspired in Saint Augustine, Your Bishop. Filled by this spirit, may we thirst after You as the true Source of wisdom. Amen." (Lives of the Saints, Illustrated)



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