Dear Magdala Family,
Summer is passing us by… we hope you have enjoyed some rest and family life despite the difficulties of the present moment.
In the Holy Land we are preparing for you our third virtual pilgrimage which is fast approaching. This edition which we have titled, “Traveling through the Holy Land with Mary Magdalene”, will focus on being a pilgrimage of healing and hope.
As a reminder we will begin our pilgrimage on September 29th with an introductory talk and span across the month of October to conclude on November 2nd.
There are 2 ways to participate in this pilgrimage:
As Virtual Pilgrims!
Virtual Pilgrims are those who want to follow our pilgrimage day by day, being involved, participating seriously, and wanting to take advantage of it. I visualize this group as the crowds who followed Jesus. The Gospels frequently refer to these groups that followed Jesus clinging to his lips, enjoying his words, and waiting for graces and favors, as they saw that He was healing many people. I hope that many will join these new crowds, unfortunately not in person yet, but through our still very real social media channels.
We are going to travel the Holy Land in a new way. A year ago, we followed the mysteries of the life of Jesus through the mysteries of the rosary, “with the Virgin Mary.” Last Lent we followed the mysteries of God “with our father Abraham”, and the mysteries of the Creed in our Pilgrimage in Faith. Now we go hand in hand with Mary Magdalene, a woman, who, according to the Evangelists Mark and John, “was freed by Jesus from 7 demons.” Healed in her body and in her soul from the presence and action of evil. She is a truly great woman, who will take us to the places where Jesus performed the great healings of the Gospel, in bodies and in souls. In this sense we could speak of Mary Magdalene as the protagonist, witness, and collaborator of the saving / healing / sanctifying action of Jesus Christ. A truly exceptional witness!
Healing, especially inner healing, is a grace of God. We need a multitude of intercessors. They can be the same virtual pilgrims or others who want to support us in this loving and supportive intercession before God. I visualize our intercessors as those who were in the house of Peter when, according to the Gospel, some men took a paralytic to the presence of Jesus and “when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.”
Dear friends, we have many brothers in need of spiritual, moral, and physical healing. Perhaps God wants us to be like those who brought the paralytic into the presence of Jesus with our prayers. May our faith and prayer present to Jesus, True God and True Man, the needs of our brothers. To intercede, it is enough to be registered in the pilgrimage and adhere to this supplication. Later on we will send you some instructions for those who want to adhere to this prayer. You can be a virtual pilgrim and an intercessor, or just a virtual pilgrim or intercessor…your involvement is up to you.
Given the proximity of the pilgrimage, we would like to ask each and everyone, but especially those who have already joined the Magdala Family, to help us promote it, to spread it among their friends, family, colleagues, and acquaintances.
As we have been asking, we also suggest you buy a ceramic pot to break and glue it back together during the pilgrimage: this a symbol of the Divine Potter and of our condition.
With our thanks and the assurance of our prayers,
Father Juan María Solana, L.C.