Dear Magdala Family,
We are close to celebrating Thanksgiving here at Magdala with our guests, pilgrims, and team members. As you know, this is a festivity allowing us to reflect on Divine goodness and be grateful for the blessings we receive.
This year, 2022, we in Magdala have a lot to be thankful for, and I would like to share with you the special motive for our profound thanksgiving:
- We are thankful for our life and good health. After overcoming the hard times caused by the pandemic, we have to fix our eyes on the sky. We are alive and in good health. Thanks be to God!
- We give thanks because we have been able to continue our digital ministry. We have successfully been able to live-stream our Eucharistic Celebration on a daily basis. We were also able to produce our 4th virtual pilgrimage during Lent of 2022 titled, “Pilgrimage of Grace.”We are extremely grateful for this to God, but also to the religious communities of the Holy Land who have supported us in this journey, the Franciscan Friars, the Magdala Media Center team, and those team members that are no longer here with us: Paola, Berta, and other volunteers and collaborators. We continue to ask the Lord to guide us so that we can follow the right steps for this ministry in our future projects.
- We are thankful for the opportunity to host once more pilgrims in the Holy Land, and we are thankful to those pilgrims that have been able to come back to the Holy Land, regardless of the sanitary and practical difficulties. To our travel agency partners, tour guides, tour operators, and everyone involved in this sector that has suffered so much economically these past years. Work is back! Blessed be God!
- Thanks to all the Priest and Consecrated Women, volunteers, and every member of the Magdala Family. It has been beautiful to walk on this daily path together, in prayer, apostolate, and with personal and community challenges. We are a Family, and we are moving forward toward service to the Lord and our pilgrim brothers and sisters.
- On November 7th, we celebrated our 18th anniversary of arriving in the Holy Land. Furthermore, on November 15thwe also marked the 18th anniversary of the calling to start the Magdala project, and this thanksgiving (November 24th) marks our third anniversary since the inauguration of the Magdala guesthouse. How can we thank God for so many blessings?
- Finally, to every person that we have met in this period. It has been beautiful to share each day with so many kind people and to live different experiences with them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
I hope you enjoy the video that our Media Team has prepared for you and that you can also share it with your friends and family expressing our gratitude to them as well. You can watch it here: See video
As we look ahead, we are about to start Advent. A precious liturgical time that helps us to prepare for Christmas. We ask you to join us, as the Magdala Family, in prayer and contemplation as we get ready to celebrate the birth of the King of Kings one more time.
In previous years we prepared our manger together; I invite you to prepare yours at Home again and share the joy of contemplating this Great Mystery. It will be a beautiful and concrete way to prepare for Christmas. I encourage you to do it with the little ones!
We are moved to look back and discover multiple blessings that have made our life loveable, simple, and profoundly satisfying. We would like to join your thanksgiving as a worshiping choir to the Lord of Mercy.
With my warmest and most sincere greeting, know that we are praying for each of you.
Fr. Juan María Solana, L.C. and the Magdala team.