This past week we had the blessing of having 3 young missionaries come and begin visits to our Catholic Elementary Schools associated with our parish. They have been giving relevant and powerful talks on the beauty of chastity to our youth...and to all of us adults present as well!
Chastity is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. It helps us to moderate our desires with right faith and reason according both the Gospel and the Church's teaching on human sexuality. In an age when even children are being encouraged to live in a way that is diametrically opposed to common sense and our Christian Faith, Jesus reminds us that "nothing unclean will enter into heaven" (Revelations 21:27) and that only "the pure of heart shall see God" (Matthew 5:8).
May this universal call to chastity be accepted and lived as challenge and gift for all of us, regardless of our vocation.
This morning we headed out to our high school to hand out rosaries and blessed medals and pamphlets on our Catholic faith to 1200 students during the lunch periods at St. Jean de Brebeuf. Mr. and Mrs. Vesciom two of your parishioners, were very generous in providing books and t-shirts as well to help get the youth think and live faith in Christ. We hope and pray that this brief encounter with them will bear spiritual fruit.
In honour of this Year of Mercy, we will offer a 4 part series on the Divine Mercy beginning Monday, May 2nd, 2016 @ 7pm. No registration is required. Just bring a notebook and pen and enjoy this excellent video series produced by the Augustine Institute. The other parts will take place on Monday, May 9th, May 30th and June 6th. Each evening will begin with the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.
Upon The Annunciation and Passion
Falling Upon One Day.
(March 25th, 1608)
Tamely, frail body, abstain today; today
My soul eats twice, Christ hither and away.
She sees Him man, so like God made in this,
That of them both a circle emblem is,
Whose first and last concur; this doubtful day
Of feast or fast, Christ came, and went away.
She sees Him nothing, twice at once, who’s all;
She sees a Cedar plant itself, and fall;
Her Maker put to making, and the Head
Of life, at once, not yet alive, yet dead.
She sees at once the Virgin Mother stay
Reclused at home, public at Golgotha;
Sad and rejoiced she’s seen at once, and seen
At almost fifty, and at scarce fifteen.
At once a Son is promised her, and gone;
Gabriel gives Christ to her, He her to John;
Not fully a mother, She’s in orbity [in grief];
At once receiver and the legacy.
All this, and all between, this day hath shown,
Th’abridgement of Christ’s story, which makes one --
As in plain maps, the furthest west is east --
Of th’angels Ave, and Consummatum est.
How well the Church, God’s Court of Faculties
Deals, in sometimes, and seldom joining these!
As by the self-fix’d Pole we never do
Direct our course, but the next star thereto,
Which shows where th’other is, and which we say
— Because it strays not far — doth never stray;
So God by His Church, nearest to Him, we know
And stand firm, if we by her motion go;
His Spirit, as His fiery pillar, doth
Lead, and His Church, as cloud; to one end both.
This Church, by letting those days join, hath shown
Death and conception in mankind is one;
Or ’twas in Him the same humility,
That He would be a man, and leave to be;
Or as creation He hath made, as God,
With the last judgment, but one period,
His imitating Spouse would join in one
Manhood’s extremes: He shall come, He is gone;
Or as though one blood drop, which thence did fall,
Accepted, would have served, He yet shed all,
So though the least of His pains, deeds, or words,
Would busy a life, she all this day affords;
This treasure then, in gross, my soul, up-lay,
And in my life retell it every day.
— by John Donne
Saturday, April 2, 2016 will mark the second Saint John Paul II Day in Ontario (as declared in 2014). To commemorate this occasion, on this day, the City of Toronto will raise the Vatican flag at the courtesy flag pole in Nathan Phillips Square. The event will include music and brief remarks from dignitaries. All are welcome to attend this special event. The late pontiff visited the Archdiocese of Toronto in 1984 and 2002 as part of World Youth Day celebrations. World Youth Day 2016 will take place this summer in Krakow, Poland.