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"How have you loved?"

"by His Most Reverend Frederick Joseph Colli, D.D."
Diocese of Thunder Bay

When people understand events clearly, we often say that they "see the big picture" Today's highlighted homily makes the point that the clearest view of the big picture will always include final judgment of God. Most Reverend Frederick Joseph Colli, D.D. began with a little picture of how we die and what is heaven.

He focused at the bigger picture. God has fixed a day in which He will judge us in righteousness through a Jesus Christ whom He has appointed. If God asked you how have you loved? What will be your answer? Bishop Frederick Joseph Colli explored a new perspective and refreshing point of view on what will be our precious answer?

"Catch the Fire"

"by His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins, Archbishop of Toronto"

The feast of the Roman Catholic Church which commemorates the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon Mother Mary and Apostles was celebrated at the St. Andrew Kim Catholic Church, 849 Don Mills Road, North York, Ontario on May 26, 2012. The full house event was sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Council of Toronto. Our well-known Charismatic Thomas Cardinal Collins celebrated the Holy Mass. He said that frail and weak apostles encountered the true relationship with Jesus Christ. A great wind and a divine fire that flames and shines out with all of them. His Eminence, Thomas Cardinal Collins stressed to the community of believers to catch the fire of the Holy Spirit and be one of the instrument of the divine grace. He stated that the Lord uses each one of us to evangelize to the whole world. It requires humility, loosening up of our control to ourselves and others; having a repentant heart that connects us with Jesus Christ in peace; and be bold enough to proclaim the good news of the Gospel. This is our mission here on earth, to claim this statement, we say "Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Thy faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. Send forth Thy Spirit and they shall be created. And Thou shalt renew the face of the earth"

"You shall receive power" by Fr. Peter Coughlin

The reality of receiving power for witnesses is in Luke 24;18-49 and Act 1:8. Jesus says that "You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but stay in the city, until you are clothed with power from on high. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth." In every life, there are always pains and sufferings. Carrying our daily cross brings us closer to God. It unlocks the key towards starting a true, gentle and respectful relationship. The power of God is shared to us when we repent, obey and pray. In baptism, we receive the Holy Spirit but one must activate it to make it happen. Finally, receiving the gift depends upon us on how to discover God's will for us in accomplishing the purpose for which he created us.
Let us pray.
Father, may I pray for the spirit, until I received the new Pentecost, the power from up high. May the acts of the apostle, be the acts of my life. We ask this, In Jesus Christ name. Amen.

"The Lighted Path"

Most of us have to admit that we need to be evangelized. We still lack discipline, thoughtfulness, loving relationships and caring attitudes. We share our imperfections with others thus making us discouraged and frustrated. Often this process is painful and can be confusing. Mr. Sullivan stressed the need to suffer, as we are like the clay in the potter's hand, which God has to break in order to mold us and change us to bear a closer resemblance of His Image. We need a fresh start to renew our mind, body and soul. Brian also pointed out the importance of prayer that initiates the strong bond between us and Jesus Christ. Listening to his voice brings peace, joy, and a whole new perspective to holiness. While it may seem like an impossible goal to see the "lighted path", this is God's dream, his grand plan for each and every one of us. And so, God continually pours out abundant grace to make this dream into reality. Finally, you can become the person God wants you to be, and who you want to be as well.

"Someone's Watching Us"

Family disagreements, failures or disappointments, betrayal at work, physical injury or failing health may result in some kind of emotional or physical pain. When you are confronted, rejected, ignored, or don't get your own way, anger acts as a defense mechanism to protect your ego. Likewise, anger can either be a legitimate emotional response or a volatile reaction that hurts others and destroys relationships. We've all experienced the unbearable feeling of pain or the ache of a broken heart. All of us are called to holiness and to move beyond our human weaknesses by finding strength and healing in the love of Christ. This will enable us to project the unconditional love of Jesus to others. There is a spiritual strength that only God can give you, and you can receive it simply by asking. God promises to remove your pain forever in heaven.

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God's Truth Revealed...

From the Catechism of the Catholic Church - 1996 - Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and eternal life.
Sin divides you from God. As long as you are at odds from him, you cannot experience a fellowship with him. That is why God sent his Son, Jesus, to die in your place. He took the punishment for your sins so you wouldn't have to. Jesus' resurrection from the dead shows his power over death and sin and gives you total guarantee that you will have eternal life with him. When you believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised from the dead, when you confess your sins and ask God to forgive you, and when you commit yourself to obeying him, God gives you his salvation and restores you to fellowship with him, both now and forever.

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His Grace Meets the Catholic Charismatics

"Peace in the Midst of Storm" by His Grace, Most Reverend Thomas Collins Archbishop of Toronto

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Easy enough for God to say! "Don't worry, Peter. There is no reason to be terrified." Even seasoned veterans know the smell of fear when they launch into perfect storm. And who can blame them? Storm has been seen with casualties. Somebody has to die! Then again, storms are the scary. There are battles against cancer, for example, every bit as hard fought and frightening as armed conflict, battles within families, within the workplace, and even within the church. Not all are terrifying, but all of them are discouraging. So, His grace, Archbishop Thomas Collins encourages us on how to claim God's promises under the midst of whatever problems we happen to be facing this very day, he is there with us. Indeed, Peter and the disciples have indisputable proof that God provided a miracle to safeguard his chosen people.
There are many things which can create these storms which come into our lives! The death of a loved one, financial disasters, divorce... when the one you thought you could depend on walks out on you, and many other things which can destroy your happiness and your well being! He is our Blessed Assurance! Put your trust in Him my friend! He is with you and He will bring you through your storm! O Hallelujah!

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Today's Promises

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"And he awoke and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, "Peace! Be still!" And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Have you no faith?"Mark 4:39-40

Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. Matthew 18:20

"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?" John 14:1-2