Note from Fr. Edwin:
The disease most dreaded by the Jews of old was leprosy. It was an infectious plague which struck fear and horror into its victims because there was no hope of a cure. The fate of the leper was truly pathetic. As soon as the first signs of the disease appeared, the afflicted person was debarred from all social life and forced to withdraw from society. This meant bidding farewell to his family leaving behind his way of life, his trade, everything and everybody he had known and loved. It was farewell as final as death. The mental anguish and heartbreak of being completely banished from the local community, was utterly devastating. In every sense the leper was an outcast, with no hope of enjoying human companionship or receiving love. The victim was reduced to the status of a non-person, scavenging for food on the town dump, with a warning bell slung around his neck. Moreover, it was taken for granted that the disease was a punishment for sin and a sign of separation from the life-giving power of God. The prophet Isaiah user leprosy as a symbol of how disease God’s people were when they were unfaithful to him.
The gospel shows us how Christ was moved to compassion when he met the leper. He was not afraid to reach out and touch the infected man. This is only one of many personal encounters between Jesus and sick people, where his compassion is so evident. It says something profound about the healer, as a font of mercy, and gives us an insight into God’s caring approach to physical and spiritual sickness. Spiritual leprosy is a reality in every age. It’s a sickness of the soul which cuts us off from God and is much more serious because it remains invisible and goes unnoticed for a much longer time. The really good news for all of us is that just as Jesus reached out to touch and cure the leper, he stretches out his healing hand to bind up the wounds of all our sins.
Pray for the sick of the parish, especially:
Marriage Preparation Course:
Antonio Reali & Tracy Di Fonzo
Do you want to deepen your spiritual life? To know more about your faith? To find support through likeminded friends? Try Cursillo:
For more information please call Jennie McRae at 905-206-1321 or Fr. Edwin at the parish office.
Opus Dei – Recollection
Recollections aim to assist the individual to relate their family life, professional work and social commitments more fully to their relationship with God.
The meditations are preached by a priest of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Roman Catholic Church. Retreats are being held at Sts. Martha & Mary Church.
Married couples, you deserve a weekend to celebrate being together, to rediscover each other and focus on ways to make your relationship even better.
A Worldwide Marriage Encounter offers this opportunity from the April 28-30 2006
For further information please contact : David and Lucy Adams @ 905-470-9590.
World Day of Prayer :
Please join us for a World Day of Prayer 2006, to be held on Friday, March 3rd, 2006 at 7.30 p.m. at Applewood United Church, 2067 Stanfield Road, Mississauga ON, L4Y 1R4.
How to Pray
Edited: December 29, 2006 -
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