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. 

We are very grateful to Deacon Anthony Cincotta, who has offered to share his daily reflections with us for the past year and a half. Deacon Anthony is retiring from his writings of daily reflections, and we wish him our love and warm wishes in his new endeavors. 

  • Deacon Anthony Cincotta

Thursday of the First Week of Lent

Esther 12, 14-16, 23-25, Psalm 138:1-2, 2-3, 7-8,& Matthew 7:7-12



In today's Gospel, our Lord continues to lead the disciples by teaching them to "ask." He promises that we will find what we are seeking if we ask. He says that if we ask and knock, the door will open for us.


To ask is not always an easy thing to do. Most of us are pretty independent and, perhaps at times, too liberated. The idea and thought that "I can do it myself" is ingrained in many of us, which can be a good attitude to have at times. We enjoy helping others, yet it is not easy for many to ask for help. We prefer helping others rather than receiving help ourselves.


Now, ask yourself, "How willingly do I ask God for help?" Am I skittish about turning to God and saying, "I need you to be with me, to help me?" Am I afraid to ask because I fear God may not respond to me in my moment of need? Do I trust in Him?


Friends, do you remember a time when you felt God's presence? If so, when? How did you know that God was with you? And, do you trust in Him enough today to ask for His help?


Prayer: "Lord, on the day I called for help, You answered me." (Psalm 138)

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