Week 6 - February 10 2019
What is the Point of Eucharistic Adoration – Fr Bartunek

“Fr. John Bartunek and Dan Burke talk about adoration, what it is, and why it is important.” Watch this video for a very good explanation of Eucharistic Adoration.

Week 5 - February 3 2019
A Beginners Guide to Adoration – Life Teen Blog

“Then it dawned on me that my whole attitude was wrong. God wasn’t forcing me to be there, to spend an hour with Him because I had missed Mass. I was choosing to be there. Did I want to be there? Did I want to spend time with Jesus? I did. So I asked God for the grace to let me sit there with Him, in silence, peacefully.”

Week 4 - January 27 2019
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself – Matthew Kelly

“The challenge life presents to each of us is to become truly ourselves--not the self we have imagined or fantasized about, not the self that our friends want us to be, not the self our ego would have us be, but the self God has ordained us to be from before we were in our mother's womb.” Listen to Matthew Kelly, author of Rediscover Catholicism, speak about becoming the best version of ourselves. And read the book – it is very motivating!

Week 3 - January 20 2019
9 Saintly Modern Lay Women To Inspire You – by Ashley Osmera

“I share some details about nine of these beautiful women. Each of them loved God and everyone in her path passionately and heroically, all the while raising children, performing apostolic works, holding a variety of day jobs, or a combination of the above!.”

Week 2 - January 13 2019
Hope for the New Year Comes from Fraternity – L’Osservatore Romano

“The word with which to open 2019 is the one launched by the Holy Father in his Urbi et Orbi discourse on Christmas day: fraternity. A word that indicates the truth that “is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity”. A vision that hinges on the harmony between unity and diversity, the very heart of fraternity. If this harmony exists, “our differences, then, are not a detriment or a danger; they are a source of richness. As when an artist is about to make a mosaic.”

Week 1 - January 6 2019
Homily for January 1 2019 – Deacon’s Bench

“For all our missteps and mistakes, we are creatures who never give up. Despite the evidence on the scale and in our bank accounts, we believe that nothing is impossible. So it seems fitting that the Church, in her wisdom, has dedicated January 1st to the woman who herself knew only too well that “nothing is impossible with God.” This day, we honor Mary, the Mother of God, the mother of all possibility, the mother of our salvation, the mother of all hope.”

Week 7 - February 17 2019
Ecclesia De Eucharistia (The Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church) – Pope John Paul II

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist. This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church. In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfilment of the promise: “Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age” (Mt 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.” It’s a bit of a tough read – but pick it up each day and find a paragraph to read – you will love its richness.

To read this beautiful encyclical, Ecclesia De Eucharistia, click on Week 7 - Ecclesia De Eucharistia (The Eucharist in its Relationship to the Church) – 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.

St Mary Star of the Sea

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