St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

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Lord, You engender the Body of the Holy Church in a way which You alone know and understand….. By means of Your Blood, You make a well-organized, well-formed Body of which You are the Head.  The angels delight in its beauty, the archangels admire it, the seraphim are enraptured by it, all the angelic spirits marvel at it, and all the souls of the blessed in heaven rejoice in it.  The Blessed Trinity takes delight in it in a manner beyond our comprehension.

St Mary Magdalen dei Pazzi

Quoted from Divine Intimacy, First Week After The Ephiphany, 44.

A month ago, in my bulletin message, I wrote about using the opportunity that summer gives us to grow in our relationship with God. The most important way to do that is through prayer. Although we might not see the results of this quickly, a deep rooted relationship with God through prayer will show in our relationships with one another and in our work. Good work comes from faithful prayer.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains “prayer is the life of the new heart. It ought to animate us at every moment.” St. Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians writes that we ought to “pray at all times”. This can be quite difficult to achieve, so we need a beginning. The Catechism goes on to explain: “we cannot pray ‘at all times’ if we do not pray at specific times, consciously willing it. These are the special times of Christian prayer, both in intensity and duration.” (CCC 2697)

The specific times that we pray are in the morning and evening, the two pillars of the day. Those two pillars have a firm foundation only when “Sundays, centred on the Eucharist, are kept holy primarily by prayer.” Within our Catholic tradition, with our firm foundation being Sunday and the celebration of the Eucharist, we are then guided by the liturgical seasons and the great feasts and solemnities that give us an ebb and flow to our year. (CCC 2698)

Our Sunday worship in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is the foundation. Our daily prayers should lead us to our worship on Sunday and send us forth with more fervent prayers. No matter what that prayer looks like, whether it be vocal, meditative or contemplative, our heart is composed and recollected - focused on the Lord and His Will.

With out heart more composed, more recollected on the Lord and His Will then when the summer started, we will notice the difference when we get back to work and school, the regular swing of our daily lives. We will notice God present to us a little bit more in all things.

Father Michael

To all the parishioners at St Mary Star of the Sea, I want to express my sincerest thanks for wholeheartedly embracing me in my short summer internship stay at the parish. I appreciate how so many of you supported my vocation by your verbal affirmations and small tokens of love, but especially in the one on one get-togethers where you revealed to me the spiritual needs of the people in this area. Learning about where you are in your personal relationship with Christ, and the next steps you desire to take, have certainly been the highlight of my summer.

Remain open to being formed, do not settle for mediocrity, and keep being generous with what God can do in your life. This is a beautiful parish, and may you help continue bringing it where God wants it to be. You are all in my prayers, and please keep myself and all the seminarians in yours.