Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Catholic Community

Fruit of Isolation

Rev. Jim Ryan, PhD  — Co-pastor of Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community With no bird singing The mountain is yet more still. Zen saying All this “Stay at Home” time is driving me to take a look at my past writings – especially at the time, 10 years ago, when we…
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From Kindness to Charity

Thoughts on 4th Sunday in Lent,  March 22, 2020 by Rev. Jim Ryan, Let’s face it, this Gospel passage (John 9:1-41) is a wonderful story, a narrative worthy of Lent.  Liturgists like it, especially when used in conjunction with catechumens who are preparing for their Baptism at the Easter Vigil.  Catechists like it for…
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Homilies for Virtual Church, 3rd Sunday in Lent

The first Sunday of our virtual gathering in God’s corner known as Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Community is upon us.  This is our new normal at least through the next two Sundays.  We need to keep laser focused on a prayer of hopefulness to be back together for Triduum/Easter. In the meantime…
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Pandemic What if you thought of it as the Jews consider the Sabbath— the most sacred of times? Cease from travel. Cease from buying and selling. Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is. Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life. Center down. And…
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No Secret in Hospitality

Thoughts on 2nd Sunday in Lent,  March 8, 2020 by Rev. Jim Ryan, The final line of today’s Gospel is the directive of Jesus to Peter, James, and John who just experienced the Transfiguration of their new teacher.  Jesus said, “Do not tell anyone of the vision until the day of resurrection.”  This line…
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