Letter from Fr. John (XLX)

Dear Magdala Family, Greetings from Magdala, where in the middle of summer, we find ourselves sizzling with heat. The warm weather is accentuated as we find ourselves 211 meters below sea level. Nonetheless, even among this, we are working hard to prepare ourselves for a cooler autumn and one filled with many pilgrims wishing to…

Everyone Needs a Model

Everyone Needs a Model By Jennifer Ristine Everyone needs a model, someone whom you can look up to, with whom you feel a sense of solidarity. The sense that someone else has “been there and done that” makes your own journey less daunting. This July 22, Magdala looks to a woman, celebrating the ideal and…

Letter from Fr. John (XLIX)

Woman! (Jn 20, 11-31) On this occasion, I would like to return to a consideration offered by the Gospel of Saint John. That beautiful passage is the encounter of the Risen Jesus Christ with the Magdalene. I invite you to re-read it and savor it in a moment of silence and prayer, and I want…

Gaze

Gaze By Kathleen Nichols Paddleboarding from Magdala to Capernaum takes a little under three hours, and I have made the crossing several times in the past weeks. The Sea of Galilee in the early morning is generally calm, and around dawn, the northern part of the lake is especially peaceful. As I lead my brother,…

Letter from Fr. John (XLVIII)

Dear Magdala Family, I am delighted to send you this message and my best wishes as we approach the start of summer. I hope we can all enjoy more family time and a well-deserved rest. For those in the southern hemisphere, I hope winter is not too hard on you this year. First, I want…

Magdala Palm Tree

The Palm Trees of the Holy Land

The Palm Trees of the Holy Land Prayerfully watching the sunrise over the Sea of Galilee through the great arched window in Duc In Altum always fills me with peaceful delight. The growing daylight forms a shining path over the water toward the opposite shore, still dressed in the morning mist. This backdrop accentuates several…

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Letter from Fr. John (XLVII)

Dear Magdala Family, A few months have passed since our last newsletter, but I trust that you have been able to follow some of the latest developments of Magdala through our new online programming and latest Pilgrimage of Grace. Our latest virtual pilgrimage was an outpouring of God´s grace from all perspectives. After a two-year…