+++ Courage and Faith +++ We are reopening today with a special section in our book centre. The books on this shelf were handpicked by our sisters to meet you and your family's needs: the need to heal, to rest, to pray, to laugh, to reconnect with God and others, to navigate depression or stress, and more. Featuring @pursuedbytruth @mpaulcurley @srkathrynhermes @frference @catholichipster
We are RE-OPENING! On Tuesday, May 18 (after Victoria Day) we are re-opening our doors to welcome you back inside our book centre! Over these next few days, we are cleaning, installing plexiglass shields at our checkout counter, and doing some redecorating ... like hanging a new icon of St. Paul and inspiring words from our Founder, Blessed James Alberione, in our front entrance (both lovingly printed and framed by Sr. Domenica). Oh, and we asked a generous priest to bless a lot of holy water for us, so we can refill your holy water bottles, too, if your church is closed 😉🙏💧 Most importantly, we are praying for you daily. We know this remains a difficult time for all of us. We are here for YOU, and we look forward to learning how we can serve you and your families in these days. Enjoy the holiday weekend, stay safe, and may God bless you!
We opened our gate today! Now you can request Bibles, spiritual reading, rosaries, and more from us at our front door. (We still can't let you inside the book centre yet, but we're one step closer!) We also thank God for the gift of a sunny day 😊🌻☀️ God bless you, Toronto! We hope to see you soon!
The world is starting to reopen. Provinces are taking baby steps to allow more business to operate. Our centre is still closed, but we await the day when we can welcome you inside again. On this new day of waiting, I prayed with Jesus' temptation in the desert. Before beginning His public ministry, Jesus spent 40 days alone, fasting and meditating on God's Word. One such word was the promise God made to Israel in Deuteronomy 8: Be careful to observe this whole commandment that I enjoin on you today, that you may live and increase, and may enter in and possess the land which the Lord promised on oath to your ancestors. Remember how for these forty years the Lord, your God, has directed all your journeying in the wilderness, so as to test you by affliction, to know what was in your heart: to keep his commandments, or not. He therefore let you be afflicted with hunger, and then fed you with manna, a food unknown to you and your ancestors, so you might know that it is not by bread alone that people live, but by all that comes forth from the mouth of the Lord. The clothing did not fall from you in tatters, nor did your feet swell these forty years. So you must know in your heart that, even as a man disciplines his son, so the Lord, your God, disciplines you. Therefore, keep the commandments of the Lord, your God, by walking in his ways and fearing him. Today, we might imitate Christ by praying with these words ourselves: What promised land is God preparing for us? When the world reopens, will I see it as a gift from God and live in His will? Or will I race after my own desires? What are my afflictions? How did Jesus continue to love and trust His Father when afflicted, and even learn to see His situation as a sign of His Father's discipline or special love? Jesus, help me see and know the Father as you do. How is God asking me to follow Him more closely? What new life and commitment is God calling forth in me? What manna or unexpected gift has God offered me in the past two months? How is He feeding me, perhaps in a way He has never fed me before? #medianuns #spiritualcommunion #covid19 #coronavirus #TheChurchOnline
Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in this time of pandemic, we turn our gaze to you, and in Christ consecrate to you the faithful of our Diocese together with all the people of Canada ... -From the Prayer of the Consecration of Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church We loved praying with you @archtoronto as together, under Cardinal Collins and our bishops, we renew our consecration to Mary and entrust the Church and the world to her care. If you missed Cardinal Collin's live Consecration this morning, you can watch again at stmichaelscathedral.com/live! For more great resources on what this consecration means and how to really LIVE it (not just pray it!) visit archtoronto.org/covid19/pages/spiritual.aspx The consecration booklet pictured is from the CCCB, for your family to use at home today ♡ Mary, Mother of the Church, pray for us! St. Joseph, patron of families, workers, the universal Church, and our country of Canada, pray for us! #medianuns #coronavirus #pandemic #spiritualcommunion #thechurchonline
It's almost May ... This Friday, May 1, the Canadian bishops will consecrate Canada to Mary, Mother of the Church. Pope Francis is encouraging all of us to pray the Rosary at home throughout the month of May, with two special prayers added to the end. But why Mary? Why May? Why now? Pope St. Paul VI wrote an entire encyclical on the month of May. He writes: [The month of May] is the month in which a greater abundance of God's merciful gifts comes down to us from our Mother's throne.... For what other reason do we continually turn to Mary except to seek the Christ in her arms, to seek our Saviour in her, and with her? To Him are men to turn amid the anxieties and perils of this world, urged on by duty and driven by the compelling needs of their heart, to find a haven of salvation, a transcendent fountain of life (Mense Maio, 1-2). Let us seek Christ, the Fountain of Life, with Mary and in Mary. Christ willed to live in her and come to us through her. Today, He still yearns to live in us and come into the world with His power and saving love through our own yes to Him. Together, let us give Him our yes, as Mary did! ******** Here are some great resources to learn more & help you prepare for Friday's Consecration of Canada: POPE FRANCIS' LETTER AND ROSARY PRAYERS: https://vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-04/letter-on-the-month-of-may-full-text.html CANADIAN BISHOPS' RESOURCES: http://bit.ly/3eUvBip PAULINE BOOKS & MEDIA RESOURCES (for viewing only; call 416-781-9131 for Canadian availability, prices and ordering. Canadian webstore is coming SOON!): https://paulinestore.com/default/books/marian/devotion-prayer.html ***** #spiritualcommunion #TheChurchOnline #medianuns #covid19 #coronavirus
Who is your heavenly lockdown companion? Yesterday, the CBC reported that half of Canadians say their mental health has worsened during these days of COVID-19. Are you among them? Are your loved ones among them? If you have had food delivered to yourself or someone else recently, consider nourishing yourself or a loved one with spiritual food: Truth for the mind, Love for the heart, and Hope for the spirit. For the price of an Uber Eats delivery (or less), let us send you or your loved one a novena to the Holy Spirit, our Blessed Mother, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, or a favourite saint to remind you that you are NOT alone or abandoned, but continually in the presence of Jesus and the saints, the friends of His Heart. Want a handwritten card or message to accompany the booklet? Great; we would love to write one! Does someone you know need a Bible or Rosary? Let's send them one! And don't forget about our spiritual adoption program at www.pauline.org/spiritualcommunion --- where you can accompany others in prayer and/or offer someone you know to be spiritually adopted in prayer by another member of the Body of Christ. For questions, recommendations or orders, call us at 416-781-9131 or email
we can send pictures of books, Bibles, and religious art to help you find the perfect spiritual food for those you love. You are in our daily prayers, and you are not alone 🙏 #strongertogether ❤🇨🇦 #tousensemble #covid19 #coronavirus #spiritualcommunion #TheChurchOnline #medianuns
Tomorrow begins the Novena to St Joseph the Worker! May 1st. Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker in 1955 in order to combat communism and the communist celebration of May Day — Praying this for the next 9 days to StJoseph: During this moment we entrust to StJoseph all workers and those who can not work— we pray especially medical workers, grocery store workers, pharmacists, First Responders— and all those essential workers. StJoseph we place them under your protective cloak. Under your cloak of protection we also ask you Terror of Demons to cast out our fears and anxieties and doubt that cloud us today. St. Joseph protector of the Church, Patron of the Dying and our patron of Canada— Pray for us! #PRAYER OF THE HOLY CLOAK O Glorious Patriarch St. Joseph, thou who wert chosen by God above all men to be the earthly head of the most holy of families, I beseech thee to accept me within the folds of thy holy cloak, that thou mayest become the guardian and custodian of my soul. From this moment on, I choose thee as my father, my protector, my counsel-or, my patron and I beseech thee to place in thy custody my body, my soul, all that I am, all that I possess, my life and my death. Look upon me as one of thy children; defend me from the treachery of my enemies, invisible or otherwise, assist me at all times in all my necessities; console me in the bitterness of my life, and especially at the hour of my death. Say but one word for me to the Divine Redeemer Whom thou wert deemed worthy to hold in thine arms, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary, thy most chaste spouse. Request for me those blessings which will lead me to salvation. Include me amongst those who art most dear to thee and I shall set forth to prove myself worthy of thy special patronage. Amen.
Each summer, our sisters make an eight day course of Spiritual Exercises in silence. This year, we are making the exercises a little earlier, as the Lord seems to be inviting us to self-isolate with Him now, rather than later. The Spiritual Exercises are a sacred time apart with Jesus. We spend these days reviewing the past year with Him and listening to His invitations for the coming year. We resolve to follow Him more closely, and we ask for the grace to be always more configured to Him, by the power of His Spirit. Over the next couple weeks, we will be making this annual retreat in shifts at our convent. (There will still be a sister or two around to answer our book centre phone!) Can we take your special intentions into the silence with us? Please let us know how we can pray with you and for you, as we observe these days alone with God alone. Comments and DMs welcome. #spiritualcommunion #medianuns #thechurchonline #spiritualexercises