Fr. Richard Tartaglia - Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
By Loci B. Lenar
(April 05, 2010) - Almost twenty years have passed since I began my initial search for a spiritual advisor. I expected the process to be straight forward and simple; however, it became rather challenging. The most important element in my mind at the time was to find someone that could understand and relate to my spiritual circumstances.
Have you ever tried looking for the appropriate medical specialist before making a final decision? Perhaps you found someone and then later decided to switch because you were not satisfied with the outcome? The comparison can be made with the clergy, because they serve the Lord and help provide guidance for dealing with everyday journeys of life here on earth.
Father Richard Tartaglia is my spiritual advisor for over fifteen years. However, before making that decision, it was a hit and miss process with a few other priest. In hindsight, it was the appropriate choice. Father Richard is not only a skillful spiritual counselor, but I also consider him as a friend.
St. Mary's Church - Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
Fr. Richard is one of several pastors at Saint Mary's Catholic Church, which is located on Myers Avenue and Route 46 in Denville, NJ. Saint Mary's Prep is also part of the parish and provides Catholic education from kindergarten through 8th grade. Father Martin Glynn is the head pastor at Saint Mary's Parish.
Fr. Richard's Office - Photograph by Loci B. Lenar
Frankly, I admit, it's a delight to sit down and engage in dialogue with Fr. Richard about Christianity and the Catholic faith, and then suddenly without warning, we switch topics to baseball!
If you examine the photograph of Father Richard's desk, he has more New York Yankees memorabilia than the Cooperstown Museum! I am in awe of his widespread collection of baseball souvenirs. And candidly, I must say, why not enjoy the game of baseball through collectibles? It's fun entertainment for all ages and families. In my opinion, he's the NY Yankees number one fan in the tri-state area. I am quite certain that he is happy about the 2010 major league baseball season finally getting started, especially with the game played between the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, April 4th, in Fenway Park. What an exciting rivalry for the Yankees and Boston fans!
In James 5:14-15 the following is noted: "Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven."
It is my hope that by reading my testimony, God the Father would bless you with His grace to use the sacraments of the church and to return to weekly celebration of the Mass.
May Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ bless you on the pathway to salvation and healing!
Read More: Mr. Lenar's Testimony
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