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Spiritual Development #3 – Agnes Geiger - Jan. 30, 2017

On Monday, January 23, I, along with 83 of my League sisters, attended a Victoria Diocesan Day of Reflection “Women of Peace and Hope”. It was a day of renewal and peace – a great way to start off 2017!

February is an important month, as we listen to the Gospel of Matthew – this past Sunday, “The Beatitudes”. Our pastor at St. Peter’s, Fr. Krystian Golisz, S.D.S. said “these are the Constitution of the Heavenly Kingdom”. Fr. gave us all homework - to read chapters 5, 6, 7 of the Gospel of Matthew and commit it to memory. He stated in his homily that “By following even one of the beatitudes, sincerely and whole-heartedly we can be saved.” The Beatitudes tell us “exactly what to do to be perfect followers of Jesus Christ, so the Kingdom of Heaven  is ours.” Powerful words!

Four very important dates are fast approaching:

1. World Day for Consecrated Life – February 2

The Presentation in the Temple – the Fourth Joyful Mystery of the Rosary “It is a feast of both Our Lord and the Blessed Virgin.”

2. February 3, Feast Day of St. Blaise

According to legend, St. Blaise preformed a miraculous cure on a boy who was choking to death. He has long been associated with cures for afflictions of the throat, and the blessing of throats may take place on this day in memory of him. Information taken from Living with Christ

3. World Day of the Sick 2017

The 25th World Day of the Sick will be celebrated in 2017, as it is every year, on February 11, the memorial of Our Lady of Lourdes. This year, the Holy Father's Message is entitled Amazement at what God has accomplished: "The Almighty has done great things for me..." (Luke 1.49). In his Message, Pope Francis offers prayerful support and encouragement "to physicians, nurses, volunteers and all those consecrated men and women committed to serving the sick and those in need. I also embrace the ecclesial and civil institutions working to this end, and the families who take loving care of their sick. I pray that all may be ever joyous signs of the presence of God's love and imitate the luminous testimony of so many friends of God, including Saint John of God and Saint Camillus de' Lellis, the patrons of hospitals and healthcare workers, and Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta, missionary of God's love."

4. Our Lady of Lourdes February 11

Episcopal Commission, an official inquiry stated “We judge that Mary, the Immaculate Mother of God, did really appear to Bernadette Soubirous on February 11th, 1958, and that on certain subsequent days, 18 times in all, (until the climax revelation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception), took place in the Grotto of Massabielle, near the town of Lourdes; that this appearance bears every mark of truth and that the belief of the faithful is well-grounded.” Taken from Living with Christ  

12 Hours for Palliative Care

On May 4 “12 Hours for Palliative Care” will be observed, all across Canada by the Catholic Women’s League of Canada. I was asked by Provincial President Evelyn Rigby to write a Meditation for Palliative Care, along with the Spiritual Development Chairpersons in the other nine Provinces. The meditation is to be used by our members on May 4. I’ve attached the meditation - please feel free to use it in your Dioceses.

I’ve enclosed the Message from Most Rev. Douglas Crosby, OMI Bishop of Hamilton and President of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops on Palliative Care.

“OUR LADY of LOURDES” prayer “O ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of mercy, health of the sick, refuge of sinners, comfort of the afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings; deign to cast upon me a look of mercy. By appearing in the Grotto of Lourdes, you were pleased to make it a privileged sanctuary, whence you dispense your favors, and already many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with the most unbounded confidence, to implore your maternal intercession. Obtain, O loving Mother, the grant of my requests. I will endeavor to imitate your virtues, that I may one day share your glory, and bless you in eternity. Amen.” From Our Catholic Prayers website

May Our Lady of Good Counsel continue to guide us in our work for God & Canada!


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