Jesus asks us to pray always. How do we do that? To answer this question we turn to a monk, out of all people; an unknown monk from the 17th century by the name of Brother Lawrence. All we know about Brother Lawrence is that at midlife he joined a newly established monastery in Paris where he spent the rest of his life as a cook and a sandal repairman. He describes himself as a man who was clumsy and one that broke everything. He struggled to attain intimacy with God throug
“We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord and given of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets” (from the Nicene Creed).
The Solemnity of Pentecost which we celebrate today reminds us of the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to send us help on our journey of faith: “I will send you my Advocate, the Spirit of truth, who will teach you all truth”. The Holy Spirit was given to the C
Most priests are ordained during the month of May. This has certainly been the tradition in the Diocese of Hamilton for many years. This means that most priests celebrate their anniversaries of ordination in May. It is a good time to say a prayer for your priests, give them a word of encouragement, and pray for more vocations to the priesthood. As I celebrated my 13th anniversary of ordination on May 7th of this year, I reflected on the mystery of this life I have chosen.
The month of May carries with it many gifts for all of us. First, it is a month associated with Mary, our Heavenly Mother, and the patroness of our parish. We may want to ask ourselves to renew our relationship with Mary in some way. Perhaps its the prayer of the rosary, or reading a spiritual book about her life, or simply asking for her ongoing intercession each day. Some Christians ask me why Catholics pay so much attention to Mary, the mother of Jesus. The best answe