In honour of the Feast of The Assumption of Mary, on Tuesday Aug.15, the 7:00 PM Mass will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church. This will be in place of the normal Tuesday evening Mass at St. Bernard’s. All are welcome to attend this special celebration.
Lord, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
HAC for Fr.Nathan- Image Conegliano 1515
The Daily Examen is a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God’s presence and discern his direction for us. The Examen is an ancient practice that can help us see God’s hand at work in our lives. The Examen is described by Ignatius Loyola in his Spiritual Exercises. St. Ignatius thought that the Examen was a gift that came directly from God, and that God wanted it to be shared as widely as possible. One of the few rules of prayer that Ignatius made for the Jesuit order was the requirement that Jesuits practice the Examen twice daily—at noon and at the end of the day.
In its simplest form, the Examen can be described in 5 basic steps:
1. Become aware of God’s presence in your day and life.
2. Review the day with gratitude to God for all that the day contained.
3. Pay attention to your emotions and feelings that come from that review
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray based on it.
5. Look toward to tomorrow, and ask God for guidance in that new day.
In addition, there are many variations of the Examen that can be used as part of ones daily prayer life. Some of these variations may be found at this link – Ignatian Sprituality Website – Examen Variations.
In addition, information on The Spiritual Exercises may found at this link – The Spiritual Exercises of St.Ignatius.
Does you see more priests in cassocks these days? Well, you’re not alone. In an article, Msgr. Charles Pope looks at and gives his views on the cassock, and why it’s making a comeback. His article may be read HERE:
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – Aug.13 – Sts. Pontian and Hippolytus
Monday – Aug.14 – St.Maximilian Mary Kolbe
Tuesday – Aug.15 – Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Wednesday – Aug.16 – St.Stephen of Hungary
Thursday – Aug.17 – St.Joan of the Cross
Friday – Aug.18 – St.Louis of Tolouse
Saturday – Aug.19 – St.John Eudes
HAC for Fr.Nathan
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HAC for Fr.Nathan – image – courtesy and used with permission – www.freebibleimages.org – copyright LUMO Project
Fight fear with faith
This dramatic incident on the sea of Galilee revealed Peter’s character more fully than others. Here we see Peter’s impulsiveness – his tendency to act without thinking of what he was doing. He often failed and came to grief as a result of his impulsiveness. In contrast, Jesus always bade his disciples to see how difficult it was to follow him before they set out on the way he taught them. A great deal of failure in the Christian life is due to acting on impulse and emotional fervor without counting the cost. Peter, fortunately in the moment of his failure clutched at Jesus and held him firmly. Every time Peter fell, he rose again. His failures only made him love the Lord more deeply and trust him more intently.
The Lord keeps watch over us at all times, and especially in our moments of temptation and difficulty. Do you rely on the Lord for his strength and help? Jesus assures us that we have no need of fear if we trust in Him and in his great love for us. When calamities or trials threaten to overwhelm you, how do you respond? With faith and hope in God’s love, care and presence with you?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Welcoming the Lord Jesus with expectant faith and humility, by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
“While human praise does not tempt the Lord, people are often ruffled and nearly entranced by human praise and honors in the church. Peter was afraid on the sea, terrified by the great force of the storm. Indeed, who does not fear that voice: ‘Those who say you are happy place you in error and disturb the path of your feet’ (Isaiah 3:12 Vulgate translation)? And since the soul struggles against the desire for human praise, it is good for it to turn to prayer and petition amid such danger, lest one who is charmed by praise be overcome by criticism and reproach. Let Peter, about to sink in the waves, cry out and say, ‘Lord, save me!’ The Lord reached out his hand. He chided Peter, saying, ‘O man of little faith, why did you doubt?’ – that is, why did you not, gazing straight at the Lord as you approached, pride yourself only in him? Nevertheless he snatched Peter from the waves and did not allow him who was declaring his weakness and asking the Lord for help to perish.” (excerpt from SERMON 75:10)
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.
“Lord Jesus, help me to trust you always and to never doubt your presence and your power to help me. In my moments of doubt and weakness, may I cling to you as Peter did. Strengthen my faith that I may walk straight in the path you set before me, neither veering to the left nor to the right”
HAC for Fr.Nathan