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    Saint Polycarp

    Saint of the Day for February 23

    (c. 69 – c. 155)

     

    Saint Polycarp’s Story

    Polycarp, bishop of Smyrna, disciple of Saint John the Apostle and friend of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, was a revered Christian leader during the first half of the second century.

    Saint Ignatius, on his way to Rome to be martyred, visited Polycarp at Smyrna, and later at Troas wrote him a personal letter. The Asia Minor Churches recognized Polycarp’s leadership by choosing him as a representative to discuss with Pope Anicetus the date of the Easter celebration in Rome—a major controversy in the early Church.

    Only one of the many letters written by Polycarp has been preserved, the one he wrote to the Church of Philippi in Macedonia.

    At 86, Polycarp was led into the crowded Smyrna stadium to be burned alive. The flames did not harm him and he was finally killed by a dagger. The centurion ordered the saint’s body burned. The “Acts” of Polycarp’s martyrdom are the earliest preserved, fully reliable account of a Christian martyr’s death. He died in 155.


    Reflection

    Polycarp was recognized as a Christian leader by all Asia Minor Christians—a strong fortress of faith and loyalty to Jesus Christ. His own strength emerged from his trust in God, even when events contradicted this trust. Living among pagans and under a government opposed to the new religion, he led and fed his flock. Like the Good Shepherd, he laid down his life for his sheep and kept them from more persecution in Smyrna. He summarized his trust in God just before he died: “Father… I bless Thee, for having made me worthy of the day and the hour…” (Acts of Martyrdom, Chapter 14).


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  • Feb 24, Invitatory for Saturday 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.

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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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