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Sunday, 23 December 2018

The Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018

The Fourth Sunday of Advent 2018

The readings for the Second Sunday of Advent:

First Reading Micah 5:2-5a 
Responsorial Psalm Psalm 80:1-2, 14-14, 17-18 Response 3
Second Reading Hebrews 10:5-10 
Gospel Luke 1:39-45

I have read through these readings a few times now. Nothing has really jumped out at me. It has been a long week. I have been under the weather; my wife has been under the weather for a few weeks. And our youngest was up sick many, many, many times last night. And so I will just post a few pictures and wish you a great fourth Sunday of Advent, and eve before Christmas eve. In the sermon today Fr. quoting an older parishioner stated: “We have a wonderful faith as long as we practice it.” it really stuck a cord with me.

Blessings on you and your families.

(Note: The above picture was drawn by my son in school last year, he was almost 10.)

Note: Link to all posts about St. Agnes Parish.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

Cedarcrest Retreat 2018 Reflection and Photo Essay

I have been going on silent retreats off and on since 2006. After my first one I wrote: 

"Back in February I went on a retreat at an Opus Dei retreat center Cedar Crest Retreats and I must say it was life changing. I did not know before going that it would be a 'Silent Retreat' but that was the best thing for me. Instead of spending all my spare time gabbing with the other men about our families, work, school, life, and such. I ended up taking the silence as time for study and reflection. There were 12 Meditations given by a priest, and each day we had mass, an examination of conscious, prayed the rosary and the stations of the cross."

There are also several talks by a member of the work. And you can schedule one on one time with the priest or the retreat director. I feel absolutely rejuvenated each time I come. And the retreat recharges the batteries. The monthly recollections I attend help keep them charged. 

A few weeks ago, I had someone close to me state:

"I do not know another man who works on self development the way you do. As a husband, and a father."

My mother in laws words were a bit of a shock. I quickly named some men we know in common, men a little older than I who exemplify those same traits. But her words have come back to me, and in the context of this years retreat I have a response finally:

I read so many Catholic books because they help me improve. I pray that my actions live up to my theology. But that theology is that we have all been called to be saints. I am striving to be better because that is God's plan for me and his expectation. One of the prayers I pray daily is a prayer of humility.

"O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like unto thine. From the desire to be esteemed, deliver me. From the desire to be honored, deliver me. From the desire to be praised, deliver me. Teach me to accept humiliation, contempt, rebukes, being slandered, being ignored, being insulted, being wronged, and being belittled. Jesus, grant me the grace that others be admired more than I; that others be praised and I unnoticed; that others be preferred to me in everything; that others be holier than I, provided I become as holy as I should; that I might imitate the patience and obedience of Your mother, Mary. Amen."

And another is a consecration to Mary, part of that prayer is:

"Finally, I believe, my God, that you can and will make me into a saint, even if I won't see it, even if I have to struggle all my life against vice and sin, even if I have to wait until the very end. This blind hope in your mercy, O Lord, is my only treasure."

It is from the book 33 Days to Merciful Love: A Do-It-Yourself Retreat In Preparation for Marian Consecration by Michael E. Gaitley. I work so hard because I know I am not there yet. And in this life, I will likely never be there. But to quote Matthew Kelly's tag line I strive 'To Become The Best Version Of Myself!" I read, and I write, and I go to recollections, and I go on retreats because I need help. I do these things not because I am holy, but because I want to be.

The retreat house has changed a lot even since I was here 16 months ago. So below is a photo essay from the 2018 retreat. If you are looking for a retreat to go to in Ontario I highly recommend this place. Follow the link and check out the offerings. 

Related Articles:
Opus Dei Part II
Cedarcrest Retreat 2017
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time 2018
Cedarcrest Retreat 2018

Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Feast of Saint Vincent Pallotti Celebration of Pallottines

Feast of Saint Vincent Pallotti
Celebration of Pallottines 

Last night Liam and I went to a celebration of the feast of Saint Vincent Pallotti (April 21st 1795-January 22nd 1850). Vincent Pallotti was the founder of the Pallottines. Our Parish of Saint Agnes is staffed by a Pallotine from the Ukraine, as are 4 other parishes in the Diocese of Hamilton. The mass tonight was at Saint Clements Church in St. Clements Ontario. We were blessed to have 7 priests and 2 deacons celebrate mass tonight. Liam loved the church. So after mass we took some pictures. Last summer I posted a photo essay of Saint Clements, but tonight took some pictures inside the church after dark. It was a blessing to be there with congregants from all over Ontario.

St. Clement's Parish
3619 Lobsinger Line
St. Clements
N0B 2M0

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center - A Photo Essay Part 2

Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center - A Photo Essay Part 2

Back in the summer of 2002 I spend the better part of August in Colorado springs at Glen Eyrie Castle & Conference Center helping to run an international conference for work. The conference center is right next to the garden of the Gods. I captured some amazing photo's. (Part 1)