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.

One of the many ways that God has given to us in living the mission as disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ is to have a profound respect and obedience for the commandments and laws that He has given to us. Human beings cannot live without laws as we see in every aspect of our life, from driving to sports. Rules and laws are needed, not to inhibit freedom, but to allow human freedom to flourish. Not only do they protect us, they also help us get where we are going. When we look at the laws of the Church, we might not understand why we need to follow them, but in the first instance, we are to recognize that they are there to protect us from evil and to help us get where we are going, heaven.

Our Lord gave us 10 commandments to be followed so that we might flourish and be authentically happy. These are not 10 recommendations, but 10 commandments to be obeyed. Our Lord, having come to dwell with us, brings us to the heart of these 10 commandments and this is to love God with all our hearts and minds, and to love our neighbours as ourselves. When we get to the heart of the 10 commandments, we recognize that they are not a series of “nos” but a “yes” to God’s life in us: a way of love.

Not only does Our Lord bring us to the heart of these 10 commandments, he takes it one step further: to love as He has loved us - agape love. If we are to live the mission that we have been given as disciples of Our Lord Jesus Christ then this is the goal - total self gift. By immersing ourselves into the life of Christ, by opening our hearts to the grace of God, this way of love that Our Lord shows us on the cross is made possible in our lives. By living this way of selfless love, the world will know that we are Christians...disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Father Michael

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