Pastor's Corner

Pilgrimage for the Jubilee Year of Mercy

One of the ways in which we are invited to celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy is through the experience of pilgrimage. “The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and we are all pilgrims travelling along the road, making our way to a desired destination. Similarly, to reach the Holy Door – in Rome, or in any other place in the world – everyone, each according to their ability, will have to make a pilgrimage. 

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Rich in Mercy: M Is for Mystery

In today’s excerpt from the Gospel of Luke, we encounter Jesus: filled with the Spirit after his baptism in the Jordan, led by that same Spirit “into the wilderness”.

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Go into the Deep: Full, Conscious, and Active Participation in the Liturgy

In the Gospel this weekend, Jesus invites his disciples, tired after fishing all night without success, to “put out into the deep water” and let down their nets. This got me thinking about how we too come to Church on the weekend, often tired, or frustrated by things in our life that are not going as they should. Sometimes, the last place we want to go is “into the depths”! And yet, that is exactly where Christ is calling us: speaking to our hearts, drawing us into friendship and communion, inviting us to bear fruit.

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Breathe in the Spirit

Last week, Rob Bell’s reflection on the Spirit “breathing” within us concluded with an invitation to “slow down, and become aware that it is in the Divine Name, in ‘Yod,’ ‘Heh,’ ‘Vav,’ ‘Heh’ that we live, and we move, and we breathe.” Easier said than done, you might say! Here is a practical exercise to help us get in touch with the indwelling Spirit of God:

A Breathing Prayer

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Breathe in the Spirit

One of the concrete ways in which we live the call to Christian Unity here at St. Monica’s is through the practice of “receptive ecumenism”. This means being willing to value, learn from, and make use of ideas, insights, and resources coming to us from other Christian churches. In her Coffee and Conversation series, our adult faith coordinator Anna Diodati sings the praises of NOOMA: short films with reflection guides, created by Evangelical Pastor Rob Bell. We also use them for our parents’ meetings for sacramental preparation.

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Do Whatever He Tells You

Three mysteries mark this holy day: today the star leads the Magi to the infant Christ; today water is changed into wine for the wedding feast; today Christ wills to be baptized by John in the river Jordan to bring us salvation.

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Embracing Our Vocation

This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Baptism of the Lord. It also marks the beginning of National Vocation Awareness Week, in which the Church invites all Catholics to pray for the renewal and strengthening of all Christian vocations: to marriage, to single life, to the many forms of consecrated life, and to ordained ministry as bishops, priests, and deacons.

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This Is What We Celebrate at Christmas

This Pastor's Corner is by Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, President of the CCCB 

Against the expectations of her family, a teenage girl finds herself pregnant. The laws of the State force her to follow her fiancé to another province, where she doesn’t know anyone. She gives birth to her child in abject poverty. Facing persecution, she is forced to exile herself to a foreign land, where she raises her son among refugees...

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Advent Hope: A Work In Progress

“Be patient.  God isn’t finished with me yet!”  Whenever I am tempted to get impatient with myself, this saying brings me comfort – and hope.   If, as St. Paul suggests, we are “God’s work of art”, we are still very much a “work in progress.”  This is why we can be grateful for all that God has already accomplished in us, yet humble in regard of our real limitations.

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Keeping Faith in a Changing World - The Call to Advent Vigilance

As we begin a new liturgical year, our readings invite us to be vigilant.  In a world where so many broken promises lead us to despair or cynicism, we are invited to trust in the faithfulness of a God who “keeps his word.” All around us, the world is in crisis: the threat of terrorism, the plight of refugees, climate change and environmental degradation, labour disputes – not to mention the more personal crises affecting our individual and family lives.

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