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"O Lord open my lips and my mouth shall declare your praise"  Sunrise at St. Hedwig's, Barry's Bay

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  • Blessed John of Fiesole
    <em>The Adoration of the Magi</em> | Fra Angelico and Fra Filippo Lippi
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    Blessed John of Fiesole

    Saint of the Day for February 18

    (1387 – February 18, 1455)

     

    Blessed John of Fiesole’s Story

    The patron of Christian artists was born around 1400 in a village overlooking Florence. He took up painting as a young boy and studied under the watchful eye of a local painting master. He joined the Dominicans at about age 20, taking the name Fra Giovanni. He eventually came to be known as Fra Angelico, perhaps a tribute to his own angelic qualities or maybe the devotional tone of his works.

    He continued to study painting and perfect his own techniques, which included broad-brush strokes, vivid colors and generous, lifelike figures. Michelangelo once said of Fra Angelico: “One has to believe that this good monk has visited paradise and been allowed to choose his models there.” Whatever his subject matter, Fra Angelico sought to generate feelings of religious devotion in response to his paintings. Among his most famous works are the Annunciation and Descent from the Cross as well as frescoes in the monastery of San Marco in Florence.

    He also served in leadership positions within the Dominican Order. At one point, Pope Eugenius approached him about serving as archbishop of Florence. Fra Angelico declined, preferring a simpler life. He died in 1455.


    Reflection

    The work of artists adds a wonderful dimension to life. Without art our lives would be much depleted. Let us pray for artists today, especially those who can lift our hearts and minds to God.


    Blessed John of Fiesole is the Patron Saint of:

    Christian Artists


    Another Saint of the Day for February 18 is Saint Simeon.

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Divine Office

  • Feb 18, Invitatory for Sunday of the 1st week of Lent

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    Liturgy of the Hours Vol. II:
    Antiphon: 1043
    Psalm: 1044

    Christian Prayer:
    Antiphon: 687
    Psalm: 688

    Lord, open my lips.
    And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

    Ant. Come, let us worship Christ the Lord, who for our sake endured temptation and suffering.

    Psalm 95

    Come, let us sing to the Lord
    and shout...

Ontario Call for Conscience
old-folksPlease read this important information on the upcoming Provincial Election 2018.

The Problem

Assisted suicide has been legal in Canada since June 2016. Discussions are already taking place to expand the criteria to minors, people with psychiatric illness and those with dementia. This puts people who are lonely and isolated at risk of choosing euthanasia simply because they don’t have anyone who cares and can give them hope.
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Bishop M. Mulhall's Letter On Euthanasia

My Dear Faithful,

The events of the past year regarding euthanasia have been a very troubling experience. On June 17, 2016, Bill C - 14 received royal assent, making euthanasia and assisted suicide legal in Canada.  In supporting euthanasia,  both  private  and  institutional  voices  have  neglected  the intrinsic  value  of  life  and  have undermined  the  fundamental  value  of  individual  freedom  of conscience.  The program  of  support  for  euthanasia  has  been  marked  by  misrepresentation and  manipulation, which in turn has created significant frustration for many people of  good will.

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