St Mary Star of the Sea

Roman Catholic Church, Mississauga, Ontario

Week 15 - April 14 2019
The Cross of Christ is the World’s Hope – Palm Sunday Homily 1996 – Pope John Paul II

“Palm Sunday, when the Church recalls Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, is a solemn gateway as it were leading to Holy Week. Looking at this day from the standpoint of liturgical spirituality, we can consider it as somehow present in every Eucharistic celebration. Just as in its time it was the threshold of the events of Christ's paschal week, so it continues as the threshold of the Eucharistic mystery. Indeed, the very threshold of the liturgy. The moment we cross this threshold, we approach the centre of the Mysterium fide.”

Week 14 - April 7 2019
Confession and Examination of Conscience – Archdiocese of Toronto

“This addresses some of the most common questions about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. It does not deal with questions about the actual structure of the Sacrament of Penance, which is described on the "How to go to Confession" page. If your question hasn’t been adequately addressed, don’t hesitate to contact your parish priest.” I find the Examination of Conscience page particularly useful – but there are also many more online.

Week 13 - March 31 2019
Forty Days – Scott Hahn

“The season of Lent comes every year and it’s always an adventure for Catholics. But of course the roots go back deep into Sacred Scripture. I think it is helpful for us to begin our Lenten journey reflecting upon all these biblical precendents.”

Week 12 - March 24 2019
40 Ideas for 40 Days – Loyola Press

“The activities are grounded in the symbols, Scripture readings, devotions, and traditions of the Lenten season. Check this calendar each day to find another Lenten activity that you can adapt for your own setting.” Great family activities!

Week 11 - March 17 2019
Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for Lent 2019

“May our Lent this year be a journey along that same path, bringing the hope of Christ also to creation, so that it may be “set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Rom 8:21). Let us not allow this season of grace to pass in vain! Let us ask God to help us set out on a path of true conversion.”

Week 16 - April 21 2019
Christ’s Resurrection was a Concrete Event – 21 April 1996 – Pope John Paul II

“In the liturgical season running from Easter to Pentecost, the Church is recollected in contemplation of the risen Christ. Thus she relives the primordial experience that lies at the basis of her existence. She feels imbued with the same wonder as Mary Magdalen and the other women who went to Christ's tomb on Easter morning and found it empty. That tomb became the womb of life.”

To read this Easter 1996 address from Pope John Paul II on the EWTN website, click on Week 16 - Christ’s Resurrection was a Concrete Event – 21 April 1996 – Pope John Paul II

St Matthew and the Angel by Caravaggio

In his Apostolic letter Porte Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI exerted that we as Catholics should make conscious efforts to understand our faith more deeply.  "Knowledge of faith opens a door into the fullness of the saving mystery revealed by God."

Each week, we continue our spiritual journey and 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.

May you grow in holiness through a deepened knowledge, wisdom and understanding of our faith.  It is our hope that the Holy Spirit works in your hearts and fills you with the desire to explore many more treasures that are opened from these links.