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Living our faith requires the understanding a variety of topics. Please see below for a collection of useful reference links to help anyone interested in furthering or refreshing their knowledge of our basic faith.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church

See as well:

Introduction to Prayer

Prayer is conversation with God. In Prayer: “Heart speaks to Heart” (“Cor ad cor loquitur”), as the Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman’s motto reminds us.

The Catechism defines prayer, art. 2559, as follows: “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God,” (quoting St. John Damascene De fide orth. 3.24: PG 94, 1089C). Prayer is God’s gift, it is a covenant, and a communion that we enter into at the moment of Baptism. Catechism 2565: “...the life of prayer is the habit of being in the presence of the thrice-holy God and in communion with him.”
Catechism 2644, speaks of the types of prayer as: prayer of Blessing, Petition, Intercession, Thanksgiving, and Praise. All find their place within a larger regimen of prayer that includes “… the Sunday (and daily) Eucharistic celebration; Eucharistic Adoration; regular Confession; Examination of Conscience; mental prayer and meditation; moments of silence and private prayer. Church tradition recommends the Liturgy of the Hours; Prayer with Scripture (Lectio Divina); periodical Spiritual Exercises & Retreats; spiritual direction; Marian devotions such as the Rosary; the “Way of the Cross” (“Via Crucis”) and other pious exercises; and the fruitful reading on Lives of the Saints.”

Prayer Quotes:


St. Thérèse of Lisieux speaks of prayer as: “a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven...a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

St. Maximilian Kolbe: “Prayer makes the world anew. Prayer is the necessary condition for the rebirth and life of every soul.”

“Prayer is the test of everything; prayer is also the source of everything; prayer is the driving force of everything; prayer is also the director of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right. For prayer will not allow anything to go wrong.” Theophan the Recluse, (1815–94)

See as well:

https://www.archtoronto.org/our-catholic-faith/prayers
https://rcav.org/prayer-spirituality/
https://universalis.com/
http://catholic-resources.org/Bible/Prayer.htm

The Church teaches that the Holy Eucharist is:  "the source and summit of the Christian life" (Lumen gentium, no. 11; cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1324). Since the Christian life is essentially a spiritual life, we might say as well that the Eucharist is the "source and summit of Christian spirituality.  In his Letters, St. Paul uses the term “spiritual” to denote that which is influenced by the Holy Spirit of God (ie., “spiritual persons” 1Cor. 2:13, 15; “spiritual blessings” Eph. 1:3; Rom. 15:27).    
 
Catechism 2684: In the communion of saints, many and varied spiritualities have been developed throughout the history of the churches...The different schools of Christian spirituality share in the living tradition of prayer and are essential guides for the faithful. In their rich diversity they are refractions of the one pure light of the Holy Spirit.
 
The Spirit is truly the dwelling of the saints and the saints are for the Spirit a place where he dwells as in his own home since they offer themselves as a dwelling place for God and are called his temple.44 (St. Basil, De Spiritu Sancto, 26,62:PG 32,184)
 
Catholic Spirituality includes the various ways in which Catholics live out their Baptismal promise through prayer and action. The primary prayer of all Catholics is the Eucharistic liturgy in which they celebrate and share their faith together, in accord with Jesus' instruction: "Do this in memory of me." (See Luke 22:19; Matthew 26:26-28; Mark 14:22-25; 1 Corinthians 11:23-25)
 

Various Ways to Live a Spiritual Life

As Catholics, we strive to live our life through spiritual practice. These are a few of the many different ways we can express our spirituality through the Catholic faith:
 
  • Desert Spirituality - prayer in solitude and asceticism (Mark 1:12-13)
  • Benedictine Spirituality - community life, order and obedience to superiors
  • Franciscan Spirituality - life of poverty, love of nature and charity
  • Dominican Spirituality - life of poverty and love of preaching and devotion to truth
  • Carmelite Spirituality - interior detachment, silence, solitude, desire for spiritual progress
  • Redemptorist Spirituality - follow Christ in his incarnation, death and resurrection
  • Ignatian Spirituality - examining one's life, discerning will of God, living the resurrection
Each of the way above offers very different approaches to how we can live a spiritual life.

If you are a Roman Catholic who has been away from the Church or from the practice of your faith, we would like to invite you to consider becoming an active member again.


Holy Rosary Parish provides ways to welcome back inactive Catholics. Visit our Website: www.holyrosary.ca for more information, not only on our church but about your faith, the sacraments, and many other great links.


For further information or help you can also call our parish office at 416-923-8471 and we will be happy to assist you.

Becoming a Catholic (RCIA – Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) is a sacramental process whereby adults are welcomed and received into the Catholic Church. This program is offered to persons interested in exploring our faith with the intention of becoming Roman Catholic. For more info about RCIA, please contact the Parish Office.

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