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St. Mary Help of Christians Church
410 Union Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07502
Phone: (973) 790-8651
Fax: (973) 790-8534
A Parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Paterson, NJ USA
It is the name that evokes the memory of that unique experience of the resurrection with which Jesus transforms the life of two of His disciples, who—disillusioned—were witnesses of the crucifixion.
In many occasions we have heard and read the aforementioned biblical passage. We have prayed with it and a great number of reflections have surfaced from it. Today, many of those reflections are part of the spirituality of many of us.
Towards the end of the seventies, as a gift from God to His Church, there came about, in the city of Miami, the Emmaus retreats; as a way of feeling the live presence of Jesus amongst us, through personal experiences.
It is not a “movement” per se if one lives it out as a brotherhood in which people of faith, from all different walks of life, through a “spiritual retreat”, become aware that Jesus, just like He did with His disciples after the resurrection, also walks “with me today”. It is not unusual that this is something possible, even in our time. We ought only to read the passage to become aware that Luke, the author of one of the gospels, only gives us the name of one of the disciples, Cleophas, with the hope that YOU be “the other disciple”.
Our parish community lived out, for the very first time, its own experience of Emmaus. A group of men from our parish, which have already lived out the Emmaus experience, are now great instruments of this great way of evangelizing. It took place during the weekend of November 3-5 of this present year. This group of men, guided by God and a Team, helped others to live out this beautiful experience.
Today, I would like to acknowledge, for the greater glory of God, the great effort made by Jose De la Rosa, a disciple of Emmaus, whose self-giving made it possible for this group of journeyers to live out this marvelous encounter with the Risen Jesus.
Officially, our parish now has a group of brothers and sisters, disciples of Emmaus, who have become aware that Jesus walks alongside them and, now, they are the ones who wish to invite others so they too may feel the joy of the presence of God in their lives.
At a personal level, I have also lived the experience of Emmaus. It is very gratifying to see the generosity and the self-giving with which these men and women live out those great days. My priestly vocation is renewed when I see the commitment and dedication with which they live out their retreats, making sure that anyone who lives out the Emmaus experience feels that live presence of Emmaus.
The Emmaus retreats are also held in English. I pray that, very soon, some of you will give yourselves the opportunity to live out this beautiful experience.
I offer my prayers in the hope that the Mother of God, Mary Help of Christians, to whom our brother Jose dedicated this first retreat, be the one that continues to invite many to “do as He tells us” just as she did at the Wedding at Cana.
(Conntinue . . .) In Spanish Translation
FR BRANDO IBARRA
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