Links to Faith

Week 6 – Nov 18, 2012

True Devotion to Mary – Louis de Montfort

“Chosen souls, slaves of Jesus in Mary, understand that after the Our Father, the Hail Mary is the most beautiful of all prayers. It is the perfect compliment the most High God paid to Mary through his archangel in order to win her heart.”  This link is a beautiful passage on the rewards and mystery of the Hail Mary prayer in the Most Holy Rosary. View Article > Week 6 – True Devotion to Mary – Louis de Montfort

Week 5 – Nov 11, 2012

St Michael the Archangel – A Homily by Gregory the Great

Saint Augustine claims that “every visible thing in this world is put under the charge of an angel.”  Our Catechism – see paragraphs 328-336, 350-351 – tells us that “Already here on earth the Christian life shares by faith in the blessed company of angels and men united in God.”  (par 336)  This link leads to a wonderful homily by St Gregory the Great on angels. View Article > Week 5 – St Michael the Archangel – Gregory the Great

Week 4 – Nov 4, 2012

God’s Chisel – The Skit Guys

“The writer of Ephesians says “For we are God’s workmanship” (Eph. 2:10). Elsewhere we’re described as a “poem.” God views us as being his original masterpiece.”  This is a very creative way to understand that special verse from the bible. View Article > Week 4 – God’s Chisel – The Skit Guys

Week 3 – Oct 28, 2012

The Divinity of the Holy Spirit – by Tim Staples for This Rock Magazine Volume 19 Number 3

“The third person of the Blessed Trinity, the Holy Spirit, is sometimes referred to as “the forgotten” member of the Godhead. He is, no doubt, the least spoken of among the three persons of God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” “The Holy Spirit is personal. He convinces of sin, teaches the truth, speaks, declares things that are to come, and so on.” View Article > Week 3 – Divinity of the Holy Spirit

Week 2 – Oct 21, 2012

Why Grape Wine – by David P. Lang and published in This Rock Volume 20 Number 2

“The 1983 Code of Canon Law declares: “The most holy Sacrifice of the Eucharist must be celebrated . . . in wine to which a small quantity of water is to be added. . . . The wine must be natural, made from grapes of the vine, and not corrupt” (CIC 924). Moreover, the Catechism of the Catholic Church asserts that one of the “essential signs of the eucharistic sacrament” is “grape wine” (CCC 1412).” A detailed explanation of the sacrament. View Article > Week 2 – Why Grape Wine

Week 1 – Oct 14, 2012

Why Wheat Bread – by David P. Lang and published in This Rock Volume 20 Number 1

“The key question remains to be answered. Why, among all grains, is wheat the most suitable for the Blessed Sacrament, wherein Christ is truly present under the appearances of bread? (See Mt 26:26; Mk 14:22; Lk 22:19; 1 Cor 11:23-24; also CCC 1375-1377.)” View Article > Week 1 – Why Wheat Bread Year of Faith With his Apostolic Letter of October 11, 2011, Porta Fidei, Pope Benedict XVI declared that a “Year of Faith” will begin on October 11, 2012 and conclude on November 24, 2013. October 11, 2012, the first day of the Year of Faith, is the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and also the twentieth anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  During the Year of Faith, Catholics are asked to study and reflect on the documents of Vatican II and the catechism so that they may deepen their knowledge of the faith.  In Pope Benedict’s words, the Year of the Faith is a “summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world.” At St Francis ofAssisi, we are being this Year of Faith with a special feature on our website – Links to Faith.  Each week, our bulletin will introduce you to a new topic about our Catholic faith and our website will provide you with a link to the relevant document.  The documents have been found in on-line articles from magazines, Papal documents and addresses, books, journals, encyclicals and even youtube.  We hope to energize and excite you about your faith and create in you a hunger to know more and question more!  Whether you are a religious, a theologian or a member of the laity, we must never stop learning about our Church.  We hope these links will generate a passion in you to explore deeper and open your hearts to the Holy Spirit as you continue to grow in wisdom, knowledge and understanding of your Catholic faith. The following link takes you to an article on the Archdiocese of Toronto’s website providing more detailed information on the Year of Faith. Year of Faith Archdiocese of Toronto

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