St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario



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Blessing For Our Home

We resolve to allow this trust in God and in God’s blessing to allay fear, to dispel hopelessness, to curtail despair. Knowing that all we shall do and say and attempt and become in the year ahead will lie securely under God’s loving benediction.

Perhaps we can resolve as well to bless our own as we go forth from this blessed assembly and return to our homes, our workplaces and our daily lives. Perhaps we who are renewed in the blessings of God can try once again to be blessings for one another.

To that end and with the able inspiration afforded us by Fr Edward Hays, a current spiritual writer, we might pray the following words of blessing in our homes and over those we love as family and friends.


Lord our God, You whose home is in heaven and on earth and in that undiscovered beyond, come and bless this house which is our home.

Surround this shelter with your Holy Spirit.
Encompass all its sides with the power of your protection so that no evil or harm will come near.
May that divine blessing shield this home from destruction, storm, sickness and all that might bring evil to us who live within these walls.

The prayer proceeds to bless each room in the house. You want to prinkle holy water in each of the rooms being blessed so that all the home is sanctuary of God’s peace. It concludes with these words dedicating our homes to hospitality.

May our door always be open to those in need, the neighbour as well as the stranger.
May all who come to us find our door and our hearts open to them and their needs.
May god’s holy presence shine forth here and bless all who live here and all who come to our door.

Amen


Msgr Joe Shiels
Pray continually and never lose heart

“Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always
and not to lose heart.” (Luke 18:1)


Jesus tells us over and over again to pray continually. The Parable of the Widow and the Unjust Judge reminds us to never give up in our prayers.

“They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were
leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar,
was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth,
he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’
Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly,
‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’
And they called the blind man, saying to him,
‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ ” (Mark 10:46-50)


This short passage in Mark speaks to us with just as much strength about the persistence of prayer. Can you picture Bartimaeus shouting out to Jesus as he walks by? Those around him telling him to be quiet. And Bartimaeus just shouts louder! And then, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ That’s where our prayers are leading – the moment we realize that Jesus is calling us. He has heard our prayers.

Don’t give up! Be persistent! Keep praying!

Think of those we study in the history of our Church who have never faltered in their prayers, never stopped shouting out to Jesus. Saint Monica is one of my favourites. She prayed for years for God to save her son – St Augustine. If there ever was a saint behaving badly, St Augustine would have been the one. But Saint Monica never gave up and God gave us one of our greatest Church Fathers.

Prayer isn’t easy – and it doesn’t always come naturally. I’m betting most of us say little prayers all day long – but conscious, determined prayer is something we should all carve out in our day. Five minutes before your day begins – or five minutes when it ends. Time to reflect and not just time to talk to Jesus, but to take the time to hear him call. Persevere and build your relationship with God.

Here are two links which are posted on our website: Monsignor Joe’s homily on Luke 18:1-8 and a reflection on prayer.

Msgr Joe Shiels Homily October 16 2016

Reflection on Prayer

Reflect on the meaning of prayer and recognize the pull in your life to speak to Jesus.

Father Neil




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