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

Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Memorial Feast: Saint Clare, Virgin—(1194-+1253), Founder of the Order of Poor Ladies (Poor Clare’s), Patron Saint of Eye Disease, Goldsmiths, and Needlework


Book of Deuteronomy 34:1-12, Psalm 66:1-3, 5-8, 16-17, & Matthew 18:15-20



I believe that the most powerful communications tool is face-to-face talk, with eye contact. Many of us seem to avoid face-to-face communication when absolute honesty is required or when the topic makes us squirm.


Now, consider this; imagine knowing God face-to-face, and arrive face-to-face with the Lord God Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. How would you conduct yourself if you knew that you would have to stand face-to-face with someone who knows everything there is to know about you? Face-to-face with someone who knows you’re every thought and deed? There is nothing in your past, present, and future that could be concealed from Him. Let us take a moment and think about it.


Could you do it? Would you do it? If you couldn’t do it, what is it that would make you uneasy? Is it possible that you may feel uncomfortable about having the courage to even be face-to-face with yourself? Why be afraid?


I invite you to revisit today’s Gospel narrative from the perspective of the brother who sins. How would you respond? We get three chances—first, when you are confronted by one, second, when two or three people sit you down for an honest chat, and third when the Church becomes involved. What is their motive? It’s simple; really, they want to keep you in the family.


The final question is, how then do we see God face-to-face? Our Lord Jesus answers that question, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

Question of the Day: How will you see the face of God in all that you see?


Prayer: “Blessed be God who filled my soul with fire!” (Psalm 66)


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