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Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

Week 27 - July 5 2020
The Prayer of Abraham – General Audience June 3 2020 – Pope Francis

“Because only a son or daughter is capable of being angry at their dad and then encounter him again. Let us learn from Abraham to pray with faith, to dialogue and to argue, but always willing to accept the Word of God and to put it into practice. With God, let us learn to speak like a child with his dad: to listen to him, to reply, to argue. But transparent like a child with his dad. This is how Abraham teaches us to pray.”

Week 26 - June 28 2020
The Fisher Pope – Catholic Answers Magazine

“The biblical miracles, in contrast, have more to them. It’s for this reason that we see the Jesus of the Bible exercising his divine power, not by killing people, but by healing and even raising them from the dead. Commenting on the three instances in which the New Testament records Jesus raising people from the dead, St. Augustine notes that “surely the Lord’s deeds are not merely deeds, but signs. And if they are signs, besides their wonderful character, they have some real significance.” In these cases, he suggests, the deeper meaning is that “every one that believes rises again.””

Week 25 - June 21 2020
Grace – The Skit Guys

An oldie but a goodie! “In this conversation between Jesus and Peter, grace is illustrated when Jesus forgives the unforgivable.” Another great skit from The Skit Guys – actually I found this one to be quite emotional.

Week 24 - June 14 2020
Understanding the Holy Spirit – Bishop Robert Barron

“What are the basics we should know about the Holy Spirit? Who is he? And why is the Holy Spirit even necessary? Why not just God the Father and God the Son? In today's episode, Bishop Barron reflects on the Holy Spirit and explains how to grow closer to him and receive all his gifts.”

Week 23 - June 7 2020
The Obscure Fresco that Led St Ignatius in Founding the Jesuits -

“The fresco was a small painting of the Madonna and Child. For 425 years, this painting had hung in the corner of Rome’s church of St. Mary of the Way (Santa Maria dell Strada). St. Ignatius Loyola came across the painting on his first trip to the Eternal City in 1540. He preached day after day on an adjacent street corner and fell in love with the artwork. ”

Week 22 - May 31 2020
He Walks Our Road – Susan Heuver – The Word Amongst Us

“Jesus softens my heart during my walks. He brings me back to what I know is true: he is with me, he is good, and he is working, even in all these situations. I almost always return home more peaceful, more hopeful, more ready to love. Walking with Jesus lifts me up.”

Week 21 - May 24 2020
Be Still - Travis Greene

I was looking for gospel music that would help me to center myself before prayer. I found Travis Greene – Be Still. Travis Greene is a pastor, a songwriter and a singer. I have since listened to a few more of his songs and thought I would share this one with you.

Week 28 - July 12 2020
Christ is Passing by – Christ’s Presence in Christians – Jose Maria Escriva

“Christ is alive in his Church. "I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Counsellor will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you." That was what God planned: Jesus, dying on the cross, gave us the Spirit of truth and life. Christ stays in his Church, its sacraments, its liturgy, its preaching — in all that it does.”

To read Chapter 11 of Christ is Passing by written by Jose Maria Escriva, click on Week 28 – Christ is Passing by – Christ’s Presence in Christians – Jose Maria Escriva

St Matthew and the Angel by Caravaggio

Each week, we take a spiritual journey reflecting on Pope Benedict XVI's desire for continued formation.  A new link to Vatican documents, Catholic news articles, youtube videos and Catholic writings from on-line magazines and journals will be published below.  It is our hope that you will find the articles and documents relevant - both in timing of our liturgical year and in the current events of the secular world in which we live.