As disciples of Jesus we are to do everything for love of God and our neighbor, not for personal gain. - Wednesday in the 11th Week of Ordinary Time, June 16th, 2021 - S + L Mass at MQW Cathedral downtown Montreal

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    Good Morning. There is no sponsor for this Mass today. 

Thank you for your support. The Lord reminds us that He loves a cheerful giver. The more we are generous to the poor, those in need, and for his works of mercy, the more the Lord will provide so we can continue being generous. During this Live Daily Mass, we offer to the Father our personal intentions and those of his Church.

Penitential Rite         Brothers and sisters let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.  (Formula 1) 


HOMILY

There are some who misunderstand the Word of the Lord to say that if we follow the rules and commandments; God will bless us with prosperity and success. If uncertain of what the Word of God means, we need only look to the example of Jesus to see the will of God in action.

Jesus did not have any money at all. He entrusted the common purse for Himself and his disciples to Judas. Unfortunately, Judas was weak and helped himself to some of that money. With regard to that common purse, Jesus gave the priority to helping the poor and others in need. As for Himself and his Apostles, they were really like mendicants, which means that they begged or relied on the generosity of the people they served to share with them food and lodging. They often slept under the stars and got water from public wells and streams.

We are not all called to live as beggars, like many religious women and men who belong to communities that rely on the generosity of the people they serve. However, what is abundantly clear is that our Creator God has filled Planet Earth – on land, sea, and in the air – with great abundance of life, food, and resources. There is no doubt that our Creator God intends for all these resources to be there for everyone to enjoy equally. Sadly, because of the original sin, fear and insecurity, far too many human beings set out to acquire far more than they need to live simply, in security, peace, health, and comfort.

Jesus makes it abundantly clear that whatever we do – whenever we give alms to assist the poor, whenever we pray, and whenever we fast; we should do it for God’s eyes alone. When we do good things our of authentic, heartfelt love for God and for our neighbors, and even for our enemies and those who are especially difficult to love; then we can be certain that our works of love and mercy will benefit both those who receive our care and also ourselves. Our spirit, our whole person becomes more like God when we live as children of God.

Whenever we take care to keep our almsgiving, prayer, and fasting secret; then we avoid the praise, admiration, and congratulations of others, and our true reward is the gratitude of those who are helped and the love and approval of Almighty God, the Most Holy Trinity.

Father in Heaven, fill us with your Holy Spirit and make us more and more like Jesus, your only-begotten Son, our Lord here on Earth; so that You may be pleased to welcome us into your eternal home at the end of our lives.  

In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 

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The indigenous children who were buried in secret reveal great contempt for human life; while Jesus shed his blood to make visible God's love - Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - LSM sponsored by CAM - May 23rd, 2021 - OLF Parish

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You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;
come give to us, O saving Lord, the Bread of Life to eat!


The media are saturated with news about the bones of some 215 indigenous children uncovered in a common grave at a former residential school for indigenous children. This media attention stands in sharp contrast with the secrecy in which these children disappeared. Taken from their families, each of these children’s lives obviously had no value in the eyes of their school. This is doubly tragic. 

Our society expects to find more hidden graves elsewhere. This shocking discovery exposes the contempt that indigenous peoples have generally suffered at the hands of our whole society since the time of our first colonists from Europe five centuries ago. All the treaties and agreements made between our governors since the beginning of our colonies with indigenous peoples have generally been violated or ignored. This is an extraordinary injustice.

On his part, our God keeps his covenants. The blood of sacrificial animals was sprinkled on the people to signify the seriousness of the covenant offered by God. If one or other party broke his part of the covenant, then his blood was to be shed. Whenever the people of Israel were unfaithful to the covenant, their blood was indeed shed by the sword of their enemies.

Seeing our incapacity to be faithful, God let the blood of his own Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, be shed on the soldiers’ courtyard, on the way of the cross, and finally on the cross on Calvary. Jesus shed his blood to the very last drop. Jesus’ passion and death made visible the love of God for us, for each and every one of us. The Most Holy Trinity hopes that seeing Jesus on the cross our hard heart will break; then God’s love can penetrate into our heart to heal us and fill us with divine life.

By our Baptism the divine life of the Trinity seeks to replace the evil and selfishness which tends to destroy humanity. By our Confirmation the Holy Spirit strengthens us to dare believe in the love of God and trust in Him. By the Penance and Reconciliation of Confession Jesus erases our sins and renews in us this new life in God. As a mother feeds her baby at her breast, in each Holy Communion Jesus gives us a transfusion of the divine life He has by the love of the Father in the Holy Spirit.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;
come give to us, O saving Lord, the Bread of Life to eat!

It is high time for us to no longer treat God with contempt, this God who in Jesus shows Himself to be so sincere, so vulnerable, so merciful, so completely given and so generous. It is up to us to decide every day to make a return of love to God the Holy Trinity in prayer and devotion; while at the same time making courageous and generous efforts day by day to love our neighbor as ourselves, especially those who are most difficult to love.

If we want to be forgiven and to live in peace, we must forgive all those who offend us. God never tires of forgiving us; in our turn, let us not tire of forgiving others their sins and offenses against us.

God, this Most Holy Trinity who created us, who saves us in Jesus, and who sanctifies us in the Holy Spirit, this God who is the source of the fire which makes the stars burn, this God makes himself so discrete towards us, in all tenderness and mercy…. God quietly respects our freedom, all the while hoping that from one moment to the next, from day to day, we will freely choose to live, to behave, and to love as children of God….

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;
come give to us, O saving Lord, the Bread of Life to eat!

Dear brothers, dear sisters, let us contemplate for a few minutes in silence this Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament reserved in the Tabernacle and who in a few minutes will once again be present on the Altar in his Body and Blood risen from the dead and alive under the appearance of bread and wine.

Now for 4 minutes in silence we will contemplate and adore the Most Holy Trinity.

You satisfy the hungry heart with gift of finest wheat;
come give to us, O saving Lord, the Bread of Life to eat!

 

  

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Our Almighty God the Holy Trinity are discrete and gentle with us - Most Holy Trinity Sunday - MQP Church in JLW Parish - May 30th, 2021

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In the name of the Father, and of + the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


        Dear brothers, dear sisters, think of all that you learned on your parents’ knees about life, the difference between what is good and what is bad, and how it is a good thing to love well our brothers and sisters… all the truth that illuminates our thoughts and directs our hearts is infused into us by God our Father and Creator; so that we might resemble Him in all our thoughts, attitudes, words, gestures, and actions.

Dear brothers, dear sisters, take a deep breath… each time we breathe in, we breathe in the very breath of God, and when we breathe out, we return to our Creator God his breath that He gives us out of love; so that we might have his very own life within us.

Dear brothers, dear sisters, look at the holy Body of Jesus on the Cross… contemplate Him… as you contemplate his torment, his agony, his passion and death on the Cross, examine the depths of your heart and spirit… do you not feel compassion for Jesus for all that He accepted to endure out of love for you; feel gratitude for what He has done in offering us the adoption which makes us children of God; feel adoration in front of this Real Presence of Jesus so generous and available under the appearance of Eucharistic Bread, his Body and Blood?

Out of love for the humanity He created, our Father and Creator God sent his Son, the Eternal Word, to give to his people through Moses the Ten Commandments; so that everyone who keeps them may have “well-being… (and) may long remain in the land that the Lord (our) God is giving (us) for all time.” Let us hold in pity and have compassion for the whole of humanity which in our day is making a horrible and terrifying holocaust of millions of innocents from their mother’s womb, and for all those women who all too often are abandoned by their men and their families, but also for all those men who abandon their unique and irreplaceable role as fathers, defenders, protectors, and husbands who cherish their spouse.

Our of love for ourselves whom God has created, let us remember for a few moments all those instances in our life when we let ourselves be overwhelmed by “fear (even though we have) received a spirit of adoption to sonship (and daughterhood by which) we cry, ‘Abba! Father!’” The Most Holy Trinity has great compassion for us who feel so small when facing our fears. At every moment of fear, let us put the fear aside and remember this Presence of the Holy Spirit within us. “Come Holy Spirit, Consoler, and revive in us the love of the Father and hope for eternal life.”

At the moment of the Ascension of Jesus on the mountain, “they worshipped Him; but some doubted.” We also have doubts from time to time, and the Most Holy Trinity is fully aware of our struggles; the Father, Jesus his Son, and the Holy Spirit look upon us and contemplate us with divine love, which is more intense than the star which is our Sun… this love is given to us in Jesus the Word of God and Jesus the Holy Eucharist; let us allow this Love of God burn away in us all that is not worthy of God.

Glory be to the Father, and to + the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, 
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

God, this Most Holy Trinity who created us, who save us in Jesus, and who sanctify us in the Holy Spirit, this God who is the source of the fire which makes the stars burn, this God makes himself for us so discrete, in all tenderness and transparency…. God quietly respects our freedom, all the while hoping that from one moment to the next, from day to day, we will freely choose to live, to behave, and to love as children of God….

Dear brothers, dear sisters, let us contemplate for a few minutes in silence this dynamic, life-giving, and redemptive Presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. At the end of the time of adoration and contemplation in silence I will begin another “Glory be”.

We give glory to You, O God: the Father, + the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

  

Now for 4 minutes in silence we will contemplate and adore the Most Holy Trinity.

  

Glory be to the Father, and to + the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, 
is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

  

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We need the Holy Spirit to help us follow his inspirations and to recognize and avoid the distractions of the enemy of mankind. - Wednesday in the 8th Week of Ordinary Time, May 26th, 2021 - S + L Mass at MQW Cathedral downtown Montreal

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  Memorial of Saint Philip Neri

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        Hello. I’m Fr. Gilles Surprenant, priest of Montreal and Madonna House Associate. We revel these days in the radiance of Pentecost and the out pouring of the Holy Spirit who gave birth to the Church. Our Creator God has long desired to pour out his Holy Spirit on all mankind through Jesus, and we are his witnesses. During this Live Daily Mass, we offer to the Father all of our personal intentions and those of our Church. (Intention) Thank you.

Penitential Rite         Brothers and sisters let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.  (Formula 1)

HOMILY

Why did they do it? Why did James and John ask Jesus for places of honor in Jesus’ glory? No doubt they felt that they loved Jesus and wanted to be sure to remain close to Him when he would establish his kingdom. The problem was that they weren’t really listening to Jesus, who had just told them that He was going to Jerusalem and his glory would be to be killed there.

Why do any of us do the foolish, carless, insensitive, or reckless things that we do? We are all still infected with the original sin virus which infected the first human beings. The antidote has been brought into the world for all of humanity by Jesus: the antidote is putting our faith and trust in Jesus rather than in ourselves, and the vaccine for mankind is the Holy Spirit.

In addition to the infection of the original sin, there is also the enemy of humanity, the devil and his rebel angels; who together sow greed and envy, discord and division, and we see how the bad spirit caused trouble among the Apostles. Jesus corrected the Apostles, and He would do it again before the end. We also often need to be corrected by Jesus. The grandfather who wrote the book of Sirach was writing under the good inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which is why he prayed to God to reveal Himself to his people and to all of humanity; so that everyone might know that He is God and that He is good. When a human being welcomes the inspiration and guidance of the Holy Spirit, he or she forgets himself or herself and gives witness to God.

St. Philip Neri, like all the saints, accepted to be taught by Jesus and formed by the Holy Spirit. He was blessed with a wonderful sense of humor and helped others to recognize signs that the Holy Spirit is at work and to tell those results apart from the trouble caused by Satan and his demons. The devil accentuates our selfishness and fears, and as a result we hurt others and cause trouble and division around us. The Holy Spirit brings peace, love, charity, and joy.

Like St. Philip Neri, who was a much sought-after confessor and spiritual guide, St. Ignatius of Loyola taught that when we are tempted and discouraged by our faults, the best defense is a good offense and we should go in the opposite direction. If I don’t feel like praying, then I spend a little more time at prayer than usual. If I don’t feel like giving alms to the poor, then I will be even more generous. If I feel irritated by someone, then I will compliment them or offer to help.

If you’d like more help in discerning the difference between the guidance of the good spirit and the distraction of the bad spirit, search for Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OVM’s online talks on the “discernment of spirits” by St. Ignatius. If you send me an email, I’ll send you some links. My email address is fathergilles@gmail.com . Jesus continues to set the captives free today.

O God, come and dwell in us: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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Saint Joseph, pray for us.              Blessing and Dismissal

 

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God continues to pour out his Holy Spirit on mankind - we are free to accept or refuse - Pentecost Sunday - LSM sponsored by CAM - May 23rd, 2021 - OLF Parish

Fr. Gilles' Homily followed by Pope Francis' Homily for Pentecost  

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So, this evening you’re going to be treated to two homilies. I will only give one, but I have a few copies printed of Pope Francis’ homily which he gave today, that was quite remarkable. I was actually tempted to read it, but the Holy Spirit said “No. No. You give your homily and we’ll take care of the rest. So, there you are.

So, what happened all those centuries ago on the day of Pentecost, which was a feast that the Jews normally celebrated to anticipate the harvest and to give thanks and worship to God. The Lord used it to perfect all the work that He had been doing with his people for centuries before. When we read the Bible, the Old Testament, the Jewish Scriptures, we see once in a while a man or a woman stand out because God chose them for a particular purpose, and the Holy Spirit gave them strength, you know. Something happened to them. They changed and they suddenly became courageous, strong, and they had the power from above to do a very difficult thing that God was calling them to do. But these people were exceptional. What Pentecost manifested was God’s promise all those centuries that the day would come when He would pour out his Spirit on all mankind – not just the chosen, not just the Christians, not just the Catholics – but on the whole of mankind. We need to really get with that program. God wants to pour Himself out on all of mankind.

Now what is it that happens when the Holy Spirit fills a human being? What is that? Well, over the centuries the saints, the prophets, and the bishops, the fathers of the Church were given by the Holy Spirit to preach and teach all kinds of images to help us understand. One beautiful image is that of dew – I think it was St. Irenaeus, but don’t count on that, my memory is not that good – where would our world be without water? Nothing would grow. We ourselves would die within at most a month without water.

In the life of the spirit, in the interior life we carry within us an immortal soul, a spirit; we are flesh and spirit. Our spirit also needs dew or moisture – that’s the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the life, the vitality, the power, the love that is in the Trinity: the relationship between the Father and the Son is a Person, the Holy Spirit. And God created us in such a way that He would be able to pour into us a sharing in that vitality, that life, that dew, that moisture, that living water that is in God. We are created to contain that Living Water, but not as in a jar with the lid tightly closed.

If we try to contain and keep to ourselves the life, the Living Water from God, it doesn’t work, and we ourselves dry up and atrophy. We cannot keep for ourselves the Holy Spirit. That is why the 120 apostles and disciples, men and woman who surrounded Mary and did as Jesus told them to do and waited and prayed and prayed and waited for ten days after the Ascension. That’s why when the Holy Spirit came upon them – watch out! You know – I mean they went berserk in a good way, filled with joy and enthusiasm and they couldn’t shut up. And it was strange, you know, because all the people in Jerusalem for the Pentecost feast heard the commotion – first they heard the noise of the wind and then they heard the commotion, and they were all astonished to hear them speaking in their own language.

Well, in the same way that rain and moisture produce different life and vitality and fruit in different kinds of trees according to their nature; in the same way we all drink water but it does different things in each of us according to our nature, our individuality; so, it is that the Holy Spirit in each person produces what the Holy Spirit wants to produce according to who we are. So, a person depressed is lifted up by the Holy Spirit, someone wounded is healed, someone crippled can walk again, someone blind can see again, someone who’s afraid of their shadow becomes bold and courageous; and this happens the moment we step out of ourselves.

If we try to keep the Holy Spirit and tighten the lid on the jar, nothing happens, but if we take a step, if we don’t know what we’re going to say but we open our mouth anyway and start talking; then the Holy Spirit bursts and wonderful things happen. That’s what Catholic Action Montreal is all about, is providing a venue, a template, an interface, a possibility for people to see occasions to do that very thing: to step out and come to the aid of someone in need and share their gifts.

Why do we not see the world being transformed right now in the same way that happened that first Pentecost? Is it because God doesn’t want to do it anymore? Is it because God is tired or has gone on vacation, or is asleep? I don’t think so. It’s really because of us. The amazing thing, the almost unbelievable thing about God the Holy Trinity is the degree, the almost fanatical degree to which God respects the freedom He has given to each and every one of us. We could say God has accepted to handicap Himself according to the sum total of our handicaps, and God in a way is patient and willing to wait to produce all these wonders and fruits as soon as we give our consent; as soon as we do as Mary did and say: “Okay, I don’t understand, I don’t know how it’s going to work out, but here I am. I am willing to make a fool of myself for your glory and the good of others.

There’s also something else that prevents God, apart from our free will and our willingness to make fools of ourselves for God and for our neighbour; there’s also all the problems relating to what we call our fallen human nature: our inclination to step into the shadows, to give in to our fears, to give in to our impulses to eat more, drink more, do whatever more and more and more… you know what I’m talking about… we’re all human beings here. We all experience these struggles, and what makes the difference between an ordinary human being and a Christian, a disciple? The ordinary human being is overly impressed by these dynamics and interior struggles and becomes paralyzed, incapable of taking action. The Christian stops relying on herself or himself and opens their mind, heart, and soul to God and asks the Holy Spirit to help, to strengthen; so, the key is no longer to depend on myself but to allow the Holy Spirit to train me to rely on God in every situation.

I remember when I was a young man and it was the beginning of the charismatic renewal. They told the story of a young person who wanted so much to do only what God wanted that they sat on their bed for half an hour in the morning unable to make up their mind what color socks to wear, waiting for inspiration from above, you know? Well, that’s sort of a childish ridiculous example. God wants us to make decisions, He wants us to use our brains, He wants us to get up and go, but to learn how to discern, you know, the inspiration that’s coming from God, and to tell the difference between that and the bad inspirations that come from the bad spirit, the enemy of humanity.

There are telltale signs: the enemy of humanity wants our destruction; the Holy Spirit wants us to enter into abundance of life as Jesus said: “That you may have my joy and that your joy may be complete.” If anyone is interested in knowing more about how to discern the interior contradictions that we have all day long and from day to day, send me an email: fathergilles@gmail.com and I will send you some links to Saint Ignatius of Loyola’s fabulous teaching on the discernment of spirits. It is acknowledged to be the best, the clearest, and the most practical teaching on these things in all of human history, literature or anything that has been written in any culture of language.

 

Glory be to the Father, and to + the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

 Listen to Fr. Timothy Gallagher, OVM's simple and practical explanation of Saint Ignatius of Loyola's world changing teaching on "the discernment of spirits".

https://www.discerninghearts.com/catholic-podcasts/fr-timothy-gallagher-discernment-of-spirits/

 

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Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday
Vatican City, May 23, 2021 / 05:00 am - PDF 

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“When the Paraclete comes, whom I will send to you from the Father…” (Jn 15:26). With these words, Jesus promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit, the ultimate gift, the gift of gifts. He uses an unusual and mysterious word to describe the Spirit: Paraclete. Today let us reflect on this word, which is not easy to translate, for it has a number of meanings. Essentially, it means two things: Comforter and Advocate.

The Paraclete is the Comforter. All of us, particularly at times of difficulty like those we are presently experiencing due to the pandemic, look for consolation. Often, though, we turn only to earthly comforts, ephemeral comforts that quickly fade. Today, Jesus offers us heavenly comfort, the Holy Spirit, who is “of comforters the best” (Sequence). What is the difference? The comforts of the world are like a pain reliever: they can give momentary relief, but not cure the illness we carry deep within. They can soothe us, but not heal us at the core. They work on the surface, on the level of the senses, but hardly touch our hearts.

Only someone who makes us feel loved for who we are can give peace to our hearts. The Holy Spirit, the love of God, does precisely that. He comes down within us; as the Spirit, he acts in our spirit. He comes down “within the heart”, as “the soul’s most welcome guest” (ibid). He is the very love of God, who does not abandon us; for being present to those who are alone is itself a source of comfort.

Dear sister, dear brother, if you feel the darkness of solitude, if you feel that an obstacle within you blocks the way to hope, if your heart has a festering wound, if you can see no way out, then open your heart to the Holy Spirit. Saint Bonaventure tells us that, “where the trials are greater, he brings greater comfort, not like the world, which comforts and flatters us when things go well, but derides and condemns us when they do not” (Homily in the Octave of the Ascension). That is what the world does, that is especially what the hostile spirit, the devil, does.

First, he flatters us and makes us feel invincible (for the blandishments of the devil feed our vanity); then he flings us down and makes us feel that we are failures. He toys with us. He does everything to cast us down, whereas the Spirit of the risen Lord wants to raise us up. Look at the apostles: they were alone that morning, alone and bewildered, cowering behind closed doors, living in fear and overwhelmed by their weaknesses, failings and their sins, for they had denied Christ. The years they had spent with Jesus had not changed them: they were no different than they had been.

Then, they received the Spirit and everything changed: the problems and failings remained, yet they were no longer afraid of them, nor of any who would be hostile to them. They sensed comfort within and they wanted to overflow with the comfort of God. Before, they were fearful; now their only fear was that of not testifying to the love they had received. Jesus had foretold this: “[The Spirit] will testify on my behalf; you also are to testify” (Jn 15:26-27).

Let us go another step. We too are called to testify in the Holy Spirit, to become paracletes, comforters. The Spirit is asking us to embody the comfort he brings. How can we do this? Not by making great speeches, but by drawing near to others. Not with trite words, but with prayer and closeness. Let us remember that closeness, compassion and tenderness are God’s “trademark”, always.

The Paraclete is telling the Church that today is the time for comforting. It is more the time for joyfully proclaiming the Gospel than for combatting paganism. It is the time for bringing the joy of the Risen Lord, not for lamenting the drama of secularization. It is the time for pouring out love upon the world, yet not embracing worldliness. It is more the time for testifying to mercy, than for inculcating rules and regulations. It is the time of the Paraclete! It is the time of freedom of heart, in the Paraclete.

The Paraclete is also the Advocate. In Jesus’ day, advocates did not do what they do today: rather than speaking in the place of defendants, they simply stood next to them and suggested arguments they could use in their own defence. That is what the Paraclete does, for he is “the spirit of truth” (v. 26). He does not take our place, but defends us from the deceits of evil by inspiring thoughts and feelings. He does so discreetly, without forcing us: he proposes but does not impose. The spirit of deceit, the evil one, does the opposite: he tries to force us; he wants to make us think that we must always yield to the allure and the promptings of vice. Let us try to accept three suggestions that are typical of the Paraclete, our Advocate. They are three fundamental antidotes to three temptations that today are so widespread.

The first advice offered by the Holy Spirit is, “Live in the present”. The present, not the past or the future. The Paraclete affirms the primacy of today, against the temptation to let ourselves be paralyzed by rancour or memories of the past, or by uncertainty or fear about the future. The Spirit reminds us of the grace of the present moment. There is no better time for us: now, here and now, is the one and only time to do good, to make our life a gift. Let us live in the present!

The Spirit also tells us, “Look to the whole”. The whole, not the part. The Spirit does not mould isolated individuals, but shapes us into a Church in the wide variety of our charisms, into a unity that is never uniformity. The Paraclete affirms the primacy of the whole. There, in the whole, in the community, the Spirit prefers to work and to bring newness. Let us look at the apostles. They were all quite different. They included, for example, Matthew, a tax collector who collaborated with the Romans, and Simon called the zealot, who fought them. They had contrary political ideas, different visions of the world. Yet once they received the Spirit, they learned to give primacy not to their human viewpoints but to the “whole” that is God’s plan.

Today, if we listen to the Spirit, we will not be concerned with conservatives and progressives, tradition-alists and innovators, right and left. When those become our criteria, then the Church has forgotten the Spirit. The Paraclete impels us to unity, to concord, to the harmony of diversity. He makes us see ourselves as parts of the same body, brothers and sisters of one another. Let us look to the whole! The enemy wants diversity to become opposition and so he makes them become ideologies. Say no to ideologies, yes to the whole.

The third advice of the Spirit is, “Put God before yourself”. This is the decisive step in the spiritual life, which is not the sum of our own merits and achievements, but a humble openness to God. The Spirit affirms the primacy of grace. Only by emptying ourselves, do we leave room for the Lord; only by giving ourselves to him, do we find ourselves; only by becoming poor in spirit, do we become rich in the Holy Spirit. This is also true of the Church. We save no one, not even ourselves, by our own efforts.

If we give priority to our own projects, our structures, our plans for reform, we will be concerned only about effectiveness, efficiency, we will think only in horizontal terms and, as a result, we will bear no fruit. An “-ism” is an ideology that divides and separates. The Church is human, but it is not merely a human organization, it is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus brought the fire of the Spirit to the earth and the Church is reformed by the anointing of grace, the gratuity of the anointing of grace, the power of prayer, the joy of mission and the disarming beauty of poverty. Let us put God in first place!

Holy Spirit, Paraclete Spirit, comfort our hearts. Make us missionaries of your comfort, paracletes of your mercy before the world. Our Advocate, sweet counsellor of the soul, make us witnesses of the “today” of God, prophets of unity for the Church and humanity, and apostles grounded in your grace, which creates and renews all things. Amen."

Franciscus - Bishop of Rome 

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Discernment of Spirits - Jesus ascended to the Father but did not leave us orphans, giving us his Church to help us learn the "ways of the Lord" - Ascension Sunday, May 16th, 2021

The Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven 

On ascending into Heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father, our Risen Lord Jesus did not leave us orphans, but left us in the care of a mother, his Church, at the hands of his apostles. Jesus remains to this day and until the end faithful to the promise He made to them as recorded by Matthew in 28:16-20.

"Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 


The 14 Rules for Discerning of Spirits - "The Different Movements Which Are Caused In The Soul"

RULES FOR PERCEIVING AND KNOWING IN SOME MANNER THE DIFFERENT MOVEMENTS WHICH ARE CAUSED IN THE SOUL; THE GOOD, TO RECEIVE THEM, AND THE BAD TO REJECT THEM. AND THEY ARE MORE PROPER FOR THE FIRST WEEK IN THE FOUR WEEKS OF THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF SAINT IGNATIUS OF LOYOLA.

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    (1). The first Rule: In the persons who go from mortal sin to mortal sin, the enemy is commonly used to propose to them apparent pleasures, making them imagine sensual delights and pleasures in order to hold them more and make them grow in their vices and sins. In these persons the good spirit uses the opposite method, pricking them and biting their consciences through the process of reason.

    (2). The second: In the persons who are going on intensely cleansing their sins and rising from good to better in the service of God our Lord, it is the method contrary to that in the first Rule, for then it is the way of the evil spirit to bite, sadden and put obstacles, disquieting with false reasons, that one may not go on; and it is proper to the good to give courage and strength, consolations, tears, inspirations and quiet, easing, and putting away all obstacles, that one may go on in well doing.

    (3). The third: OF SPIRITUAL CONSOLATION. I call it consolation when some interior movement in the soul is caused, through which the soul comes to be inflamed with love of its Creator and Lord; and when it can in consequence love no created thing on the face of the earth in itself, but in the Creator of them all.

Likewise, when it sheds tears that move to love of its Lord, whether out of sorrow for one’s sins, or for the Passion of Christ our Lord, or because of other things directly connected with His service and praise. Finally, I call consolation every increase of hope, faith and charity, and all interior joy which calls and attracts to heavenly things and to the salvation of one’s soul, quieting it and giving it peace in its Creator and Lord.

     (4). The fourth: OF SPIRITUAL DESOLATION. I call desolation all the contrary of the third1 rule, such as darkness2 of soul, disturbance in it, movement to things low and earthly, the unquiet of different agitations and temptations, moving to want of confidence, without hope, without love, when one finds oneself all lazy, tepid, sad, and as if separated from his Creator and Lord. Because, as consolation is contrary to desolation, in the same way the thoughts which come from consolation are contrary to the thoughts which come from desolation.

    (5). The fifth: In time of desolation never to make a change; but to be firm and constant in the resolutions and determination in which one was the day preceding such desolation, or in the determination in which he was in the preceding consolation. Because, as in consolation it is rather the good spirit who guides and counsels us, so in desolation it is the bad, with whose counsels we cannot take a course to decide rightly.

    (6). The sixth: The Golden Rule of the Interior Life - the Counter-Attack - Although in desolation we ought not to change our first resolutions, it is very helpful intensely to change ourselves against the same desolation, as by insisting more on prayer, meditation, on much examination, and by giving ourselves more scope in some suitable way of doing penance.

    (7). The seventh: Let him who is in desolation consider how the Lord has left him in trial in his natural powers, in order to resist the different agitations and temptations of the enemy; since he can with the Divine help, which always remains to him, though he does not clearly perceive it: because the Lord has taken from him his great fervor, great love and intense grace, leaving him, however, grace enough for eternal salvation.

    (8). The eighth: Let him who is in desolation labor to be in patience, which is contrary to the vexations which come to him: and let him think that he will soon be consoled, employing against the desolation the devices, as is said in the sixth Rule.1

    (9). The ninth: Why does the Good God permit temptation? There are three principal reasons why we find ourselves desolate.

The first is, because of our being tepid, lazy or negligent in our spiritual exercises; and so through our faults, spiritual consolation withdraws from us. The second, to try us and see how much we are and how much we let ourselves out in His service and praise without such great pay of consolation and great graces. The third, to give us true acquaintance and knowledge, that we may interiorly feel that it is not ours to get or keep great devotion, intense love, tears, or any other spiritual consolation, but that all is the gift and grace of God our Lord, and that we may not build a nest in a thing not ours, raising our intellect into some pride or vainglory, attributing to us devotion or the other things of the spiritual consolation.

    (10). The tenth: Let him who is in consolation think how he will be in the desolation which will come after, taking new strength for then.

    (11). The eleventh: Let him who is consoled see to humbling himself and lowering himself as much as he can, thinking how little he is able for in the time of desolation without such grace or consolation. On the contrary, let him who is in desolation think that he can do much with the grace sufficient to resist all his enemies, taking strength in his Creator and Lord.

    (12). The twelfth: The enemy acts like a woman, in being weak against vigor and strong of will. Because, as it is the way of the woman when she is quarrelling with some man to lose heart, taking flight when the man shows 1Sixth Rule is in the handwriting of St. Ignatius, replacing fourth Rule.her much courage: and on the contrary, if the man, losing heart, begins to fly, the wrath, revenge, and ferocity of the woman is very great, and so without bounds; in the same manner, it is the way of the enemy to weaken and lose heart, his temptations taking flight, when the person who is exercising himself in spiritual things opposes a bold front against the temptations of the enemy, doing diametrically the opposite. And on the contrary, if the person who is exercising himself commences to have fear and lose heart in suffering the temptations, there is no beast so wild on the face of the earth as the enemy of human nature in following out his damnable intention with so great malice.

     (13). The thirteenth: Likewise, he acts as a licentious lover in wanting to be secret and not revealed. For, as the licentious man who, speaking for an evil purpose, solicits a daughter of a good father or a wife of a good husband, wants his words and persuasions to be secret, and the contrary displeases him much, when the daughter reveals to her father or the wife to her husband his licentious words and depraved intention, because he easily gathers that he will not be able to succeed with the undertaking begun: in the same way, when the enemy of human nature brings his wiles and persuasions to the just soul, he wants and desires that they be received and kept in secret; but when one reveals them to his good Confessor or to another spiritual person that knows his deceits and evil ends, it is very grievous to him, because he gathers, from his manifest deceits being discovered, that he will not be able to succeed with his wickedness begun.

    (14). The fourteenth: Likewise, he behaves as a chief bent on conquering and robbing what he desires: for, as a captain and chief of the army, pitching his camp, and looking at the forces or defences of a stronghold, attacks it on the weakest side, in like manner the enemy of human nature, roaming about, looks in turn at all our virtues, theological, cardinal and moral; and where he finds us weakest and most in need for our eternal salvation, there he attacks us and aims at taking us.

The above was cited from: 

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola TRANSLATED FROM THE AUTOGRAPH BY FATHER ELDER MULLAN, S.J. I.H.S. Scanned by Harry Plantinga, 1994 This etext is in the public domain.

Saint Joseph, pray for us. 

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There is only one God. We worship Him in Jesus and use all our faculties to discern the TRUTH - Wednesday in the 6th Week of Easter, May 12th, 2021 - S + L Mass at MQW Cathedral downtown Montreal

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Sign of the + Cross - Christ is risen! Alleluia! (traditional response is) He is truly risen! Alleluia!            Hello. I’m Fr. Gilles Surprenant, priest of Montreal and Madonna House Associate. In this 6th week of Easter, God gives us a summary of the history of salvation. Only the Holy Spirit reminds us of Jesus’ words and guides us into all the truth. Without the Spirit of God, we are lost. During this Live Daily Mass, the Lord calls us to receive his words and to keep them; so that we may live. (Intention) Thank you.

Penitential Rite         Brothers and sisters let us acknowledge our sins and so prepare ourselves to celebrate the sacred mysteries.  (Formula 1)

 Announcement - N.B. There was an incident at Holy Communion today... one of the sacristans had warned me before Mass that lately a strange woman had been coming into the church a few minutes before Holy Communion and coming forward to receive but was clearly not a Roman Catholic, not even a Christian. In our tradition, the Holy Eucharist is a sacrament of initiation; so no one should receive who is not yet baptized or has no intention of becoming a Roman Catholic Christian. So, when she presented herself, I politely asked her "Who is Jesus Christ." She then indicated she was not Christian but liked to come and receive. I briefly (we must finish this televised Mass under 30 minutes) explained she cannot receive without being initiated and suggested she speak to a priest later. After Mass the security officer at the doors, who also acts as an usher, told me she had gone, but that he also explained this to her, and told her she was always welcome to enter and pray.

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HOMILY

There is only one who is truly God, the Creator of the Universe and of all that is in it. God is complete in Himself – Jesus has revealed God to be a Holy Trinity of Divine Persons joined in perfect unity and communion: his Eternal Father, Himself, the Eternal Word, only-begotten Son of the Father, who took to Himself a human life in Jesus of Nazareth, and the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth. God, the Three who live and act as One, is complete and needs nothing from us; “since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.”

God “allotted the times... and places” for human beings to live “so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him”. All over the Earth in many religions, human beings for millennia have groped for God and perhaps found him. Catholic Christians worship only the Blessed Sacrament as God Himself, the Body and Blood of Jesus Risen from the dead. We venerate images, icons, frescoes, statues – artistic representations of the three Divine Persons – but we do not worship them. These religious artifacts help us picture or represent to ourselves the Divine Persons, but we direct our worship, adoration, and prayer to God alone.

We make use of artistic representations of saints to bring the actual saints to mind; as we call on them to join us in our prayer and worship of the Lord. This is how we honor Mary, the Mother of Jesus – and the Mother of God since Jesus is the Son of God – we honor her and join her in prayer to God because we know that Jesus Himself honors his Blessed Mother.

In every generation there are many discordant voices clamoring for our attention, and they all claim to speak the truth, but there is only one truth. Jesus declared: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6. God our Creator gave us brains, a heart, a body, and a soul. As we try to discern what is the truth in any situation, we need to pay attention to all these gifts from our Father.

Sometimes our body will give us a “gut feeling” to warn us to avoid lies and evil. Our brain helps us to read and understand the inspired Word of God in the Bible as well as authoritative teaching from our Church. Our heart is capable of perceiving the love and Divine Mercy of God given to us in Jesus. Our spirit, our soul, can be attuned to the Holy Spirit and recognize how different the Holy Spirit is from the spirit of the prince of this world, the father of lies.

Every time we turn to God, open the Bible and read, listen to holy teachers and preachers, love our neighbor and forgive our enemy, do good to those who do harm, feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, give shelter to the homeless, care for or visit the sick or prisoners, or worship the Lord in Church or at home, we renew our faith in God and give Him our trust to bring his rule and his kingdom into our lives, marriages, families, homes, and work.

O God, help us to really trust in You: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

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As disciples of Jesus we are to do everything for love of God and our neighbor, not for personal gain. - Wednesday in the 11th Week of Ordinary Time, June 16th, 2021 - S + L Mass at MQW Cathedral downtown Montreal

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