St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

Week 7 - February 16 2020
The Importance of Silence – St Alphonsus de Liguori

“The importance of Silence cannot be stressed enough in our day of frequent distraction and noise, for God does not speak to us in such things but in silence as in a gentle breeze is the Lord heard.” This is an excerpt of one chapter from The True Spouse of Jesus Christ.

Week 6 - February 9 2020
A Beginner’s Guide to Eucharistic Adoration – Caitlin Sica

“Go to adoration, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Jesus desires to be with you, to have you gaze upon Him, as He so lovingly gazes upon you….. Here’s a list of 5 ways to be successful in adoration.” Make this your New Year’s resolution – to attend adoration each month – it isn’t too late!

Week 5 - February 2 2020
Encountering Christ – Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“The great artist Caravaggio captured a moment in time when Matthew the tax collector had a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ. We need such an encounter with Jesus, not only at the beginning of our faith journey, but as an ongoing experience throughout our lives. I would like to invite you to join the distinguished faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary on a Lenten journey as we explore how we encounter Christ in Word, Sacrament, and in the daily events of our lives.”

Week 4 - January 26 2020
Mary, Undoer of Knots – Address of Holy Father Francis 2013

“The first aspect of her faith is this: Mary’s faith unties the knot of sin (cf. Lumen Gentium, 56). What does that mean? The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council took up a phrase of Saint Irenaeus, who states that “the knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by the obedience of Mary; what the virgin Eve bound by her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith” (Adversus Haereses, III, 22, 4)” This devotion has been part of church life since at least the 18th century. Pope Francis has also written a beautiful prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots.

Week 3 - January 19 2020
A Primer on the Old Testament – Interview with Father Leslie Hoppe

“Christians read the Bible to come into contact with tradition and give shape to their conversion to this faith. Yet, conversion is a lifelong process. It is not simply that one is saved or one isn’t. We need to grow in our generosity, love, and concern for others. The Bible provides a framework for understanding our relationships with God and each other and helps us to deal with specific issues in our lives.”

Week 2 - January 12 2020
Nunc Coepi: Now I Begin – Good Catholic Series

“Good Catholic is an online platform that offers digital content series designed to inspire people to live a more devout and joyful Catholic life. Our content series cover a variety of topics within the Catholic faith, and are presented in a dynamic combination of in-depth text, video commentary, and audio — which you can read, watch, and listen to at your convenience.” Scroll down to find the Nunc Coepi series.

Week 1 - January 5 2020
8 (Spiritual) New Year’s Resolutions for Catholics – Gretchen Filz

“January is here again, and it's time to make the annual New Year's resolutions. Every Catholic should add to their list a few spiritual resolutions designed to help them walk higher up that mountain of faith. Let the freshness of a new year be your impetus to make new strides in your walk with God! There is no time but the present! Here are some ideas.”

Week 8 - February 23 2020
The Angelus – August 18 2019 – Pope Francis

“Adherence to the fire of love that Jesus brought to earth, envelopes our entire existence and requires the adoration of God as well as a willingness to serve others. Adoration of God and a willingness to serve others. First, the readiness to adore God, also means learning the prayer of adoration which we usually forget. This is why I invite everyone to discover the beauty of the prayer of adoration and to recite it often.”

To read Pope Francis`Angelus from 2019, click on Week 8 – Angelus – August 18 2019 – Pope Francis

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.