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Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Livera

Sunday Masses
Saturday5:00 PMEnglish,
Couples for Christ Choir
Sunday9:00 AMItalian
Italian Choir
10:30 AMEnglish,
Children's Liturgy
12:00 PMEnglish,
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Tuesday7:00 PMItalian,
Devotion to Padre Pio
Wednesday7:00 PMEnglish,
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St. Norbert - 60 Maniza Rd. 416-393-5309
St. Robert  - 70 Bainbridge Avenue 416-393-5297
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Madonna   - 20 Dubray Avenue 416-393-5506

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(Lunch break 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
Phone: 416-636-0213
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Saturdays 4:15 - 4:45 PM and upon request
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Knights of Columbus
Meetings 3rd Thursday of the month
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Youth Group
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for Sunday, August 29, 2010

Clearly our focus today is on humility. Humility has probably never been popular for anyone, even for the best of saints. On the other hand, lots of saints have practiced humility simply by always putting the well-being of others ahead of their own well-being. Today we need to listen attentively to these reading and try to understand what God wants to teach us about humility.

The Book of Sirach gives us our first reading today. This is a clear teaching that can only be understood by practicing it. So often wisdom can only be understood by doing the wise thing and then understanding it later. Learning to ride a bicycle or learning to swim are practical examples of this type of wisdom and knowledge that come to us only by doing. We can understand riding a bicycle or swimming without be able to do either of them. So also we can understand a bit about humility by only by practicing it, doing it, can we come to know the depths of this wisdom. The mind of a sage appreciates proverbs, and an attentive ear is the joy of the wise.

Today's second reading, from the Letter to the Hebrews, also requires wisdom and humility to be understood. The author points out that it is not physical experience here which is forming us, but a deeper knowledge of the reality of Jesus Christ. Our experience of the Lord Jesus comes from the physical experience of reading the Scriptures and the physical experience of the testimony of those who believe. It also leads us beyond that to a place that only faith can take us.

The Gospel returns openly to the theme of humility and gives a practical example of humility. All of us have met people who insist on having their rank recognized or their special gifts. The humble person simply takes a low place and accepts whatever is given to him or her. Most of us have probably also seen people with high social rank being humble and not being recognized for who they are and accepting that.

The challenge today is not about watching others practice humility but whether we ourselves are willing always to humble ourselves. Humility does not mean acting humble but actually being humble and drawing no attention to ourselves. This is why generally why truly humble people are loved so much. They make life easier for all of us, they take up the burdens and responsibilities of community without drawing attention to themselves and they serve others with joy.

These Sunday readings invite each of us to reflect on our own lives. Are we humble people? Do we seek the Lord Jesus with the humility that He Himself lived? Are we willing to accept humiliations for the sake of loving others? Let us pray for these gifts for one another.

Readings of the day:
First Reading:
Second Reading:

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


Reflections are available for the following Sundays:


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