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Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this season of Ordinary Time, and in the height of summer, we find perfect summer days marred by rain, wind, and weeds of all kinds. The parables Jesus offer us remind us that evil exists among the good: weeds among wheat, bad apples to torment the good ones. As disciples, we are yeast in the dough, meant to leaven the culture and affect the whole, to be instruments of God’s forgiveness, healing and salvation. And yet, even in us there are weeds of selfishness, deceit, fear and doubt. Just as God allows the weeds to grow among the crop, God allows our weaknesses to dwell alongside all the potential we have to serve Him. We will be measured at the end, the evil in us and in the world finally separated from the good. God sees it is good, as it is right now. Will we trust Him to pull the weeds at the appointed time, and give and receive forgiveness in the meantime? Can we appreciate the sunshine and heat, and make the most of the rain too?
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

In this season of Ordinary Time, and in the height of summer, we find perfect summer days marred by rain, wind, and weeds of all kinds. The parables Jesus offer us remind us that evil exists among the good: weeds among wheat, bad apples to torment the good ones. As disciples, we are yeast in the dough, meant to leaven the culture and affect the whole, to be instruments of God’s forgiveness, healing and salvation. And yet, even in us there are weeds of selfishness, deceit, fear and doubt. Just as God allows the weeds to grow among the crop, God allows our weaknesses to dwell alongside all the potential we have to serve Him. We will be measured at the end, the evil in us and in the world finally separated from the good. God sees it is good, as it is right now. Will we trust Him to pull the weeds at the appointed time, and give and receive forgiveness in the meantime? Can we appreciate the sunshine and heat, and make the most of the rain too?

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time
All three readings and the Psalm this week speak of the fruitfulness of God. While the seed references automatically make us think about biological fruitfulness in Creation, the first reading reminds us that every part of God’s life is aiming to bear fruit. Words, work, rest, play – all we do is a participation in God’s life, begging to be made fruitful. What is the fruit of your life right now? Are you sowing seeds of discontent, petty revenge, self-protection, and resentment? Where are you sowing seeds of joy, faithfulness, rejuvenation, and trust? What return can you see on the sowing? Being open to God’s life should be a part of our whole lives, in our kitchens and offices, neighbourhoods and bedrooms. God wants to give us more life!
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

All three readings and the Psalm this week speak of the fruitfulness of God. While the seed references automatically make us think about biological fruitfulness in Creation, the first reading reminds us that every part of God’s life is aiming to bear fruit. Words, work, rest, play – all we do is a participation in God’s life, begging to be made fruitful. What is the fruit of your life right now? Are you sowing seeds of discontent, petty revenge, self-protection, and resentment? Where are you sowing seeds of joy, faithfulness, rejuvenation, and trust? What return can you see on the sowing? Being open to God’s life should be a part of our whole lives, in our kitchens and offices, neighbourhoods and bedrooms. God wants to give us more life!

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Summer is here! Learn about how you can grow in your faith this summer, by reading our blog post from June.

Summer is here! Learn about how you can grow in your faith this summer, by reading our blog post from June.

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Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Many of us go through life with a distorted understanding of the Gospel: that prosperity is a reward for faithfulness. This gets extended to all areas of life – if I am following God, then I should have the job I want, a boss who adores me, lots of money, good health and no suffering. When I inevitably encounter a lack of perfection or prosperity, this kind of thinking creates a spiritual crisis: God has abandoned me, and/or I have failed God. God doesn’t promise to remove suffering or trial; he promises to be with us in all things. What a life of faith really offers is the gift Jesus promises us in the Gospel: “Come to me and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We are promised gentle rest in exchange for surrendering the challenges of living to Jesus.
Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Reflection for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Many of us go through life with a distorted understanding of the Gospel: that prosperity is a reward for faithfulness. This gets extended to all areas of life – if I am following God, then I should have the job I want, a boss who adores me, lots of money, good health and no suffering. When I inevitably encounter a lack of perfection or prosperity, this kind of thinking creates a spiritual crisis: God has abandoned me, and/or I have failed God. God doesn’t promise to remove suffering or trial; he promises to be with us in all things. What a life of faith really offers is the gift Jesus promises us in the Gospel: “Come to me and I will give you rest. My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” We are promised gentle rest in exchange for surrendering the challenges of living to Jesus.

Reflection from www.cccb.ca

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Prayer for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Prayer for the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Steubenville Toronto conference starts today! Catch the action via Salt + Light TV’s livestream, if you aren’t able to attend the event in person.
For more info about Steubenville Conferences, visit their website. 

Steubenville Toronto conference starts today! Catch the action via Salt + Light TV’s livestream, if you aren’t able to attend the event in person.

For more info about Steubenville Conferences, visit their website

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Reflection for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
The first reading tells us a miraculous story of Peter’s being freed from prison by an angel. How many prisoners would hope to be escorted out of prison in such a fashion! How many well-intentioned people have suggested to us that right faith will result in this kind of deliverance from suffering? Occasionally, we do see miraculous healings of disease, the innocent released from prison, or a challenge completely removed. We also know Peter was eventually martyred. All three readings, however, proclaim the spiritual freedom that is a gift of spiritual life. We do not have to be imprisoned by misery and fear, enslaved to habits of sin that eat away at our joy, or spiritually destroyed by illness. You have met saints walking among us, who receive whatever life offers with grace, who refuse to choose misery in the midst of chronic illness, who ask for prayers instead of pity when they are struggling. They do not do these things with greater ease than the rest of us. They do the spiritual work that allows them to be more receptive to God’s life and grace. We are not promised a life without suffering. We are promised strength for the whole of the race, if we will be humble and faithful enough to make space for God to deliver us into His way.
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Reflection for the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

The first reading tells us a miraculous story of Peter’s being freed from prison by an angel. How many prisoners would hope to be escorted out of prison in such a fashion! How many well-intentioned people have suggested to us that right faith will result in this kind of deliverance from suffering? Occasionally, we do see miraculous healings of disease, the innocent released from prison, or a challenge completely removed. We also know Peter was eventually martyred. All three readings, however, proclaim the spiritual freedom that is a gift of spiritual life. We do not have to be imprisoned by misery and fear, enslaved to habits of sin that eat away at our joy, or spiritually destroyed by illness. You have met saints walking among us, who receive whatever life offers with grace, who refuse to choose misery in the midst of chronic illness, who ask for prayers instead of pity when they are struggling. They do not do these things with greater ease than the rest of us. They do the spiritual work that allows them to be more receptive to God’s life and grace. We are not promised a life without suffering. We are promised strength for the whole of the race, if we will be humble and faithful enough to make space for God to deliver us into His way.

-Reflection from www.cccb.ca

Image of St. Paul visiting St. Peter in prison