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Watch this three part series on Mercy featured on Shalom World TV

Dr. Lombardi delivered a three part series on Mercy featured on Shalom World TV. The talks are part of the Luminous Series produced by Shalom World Media.

Special announcement from Cardinal Collins

On March 23, 2017, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, appeared before a Queen’s Park committee regarding Bill 84, Medical Assistance in Dying Statute Law Amendment Act. To raise awareness on the critical issue of conscience protection, his address has been re-recorded for this video.

Click for full text of presentation.

To contact your elected Member of Provincial Parliament and to learn more on this important issue, please visit: http://CanadiansforConscience.ca

 

Universal Call to Holiness

I’m pleased to share a reflection with you on the Universal Call to Holiness.

Do you believe you are called to holiness? Do you believe you are called to the same level of sanctity as a member of the clergy or a member of a religious order? Do you believe God can use all of your gifts and life experiences, redeem your past sorrows, and make you a new person in Christ? God can use someone like you. I hope this short video encourages you to say “Yes” to the call to holiness as you continue with your Lenten preparation.

 

As a reminder, Lent prepares us for Easter. During Lent, therefore, we do the following things:

  • Fast
  • Give alms
  • Remember our baptism
  • Pray for ourselves and for all people

To learn more – check out my Blog Post on Prayer and Fasting during Lent. The combination of prayer and fasting is a powerful experience. Whenever we are faced with what may appear to be insurmountable troubles, we may notice a difference if we add fasting to our prayer lives.

 

Save-the-Date: Saturday March 25, for the Dynamic Women Of Faith Conference

Dynamic Women of Faith

Please plan to attend the Dynamic Women of Faith Conference on Saturday March 25, 2017 and don’t miss the early bird special discounted rate (available only until Feb 25).

Add this event to your personal calendar.

We are blessed and honoured that Cardinal Collins will be the celebrant of our opening Mass the day of the conference. The Mass is going to be celebrated at St. Maximilian Kolbe church, which is right next door to the conference venue – the St. John Paul II Polish Cultural Centre.

We kindly ask you to refer to the conference brochures for all details, including speakers.

REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE 8:00am
OPENING MASS: 9:00am
CONFERENCE: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Thank you for inviting your friends. An invitation can be the beginning of a remarkable journey for them!

Dynamic Women of Faith

KEYNOTE US SPEAKER

BETSY ANDREU | DOING THE RIGHT THING… AT GREAT PERSONAL COST

Betsy Andreu was embroiled in a public confrontation with a powerful and world-famous professional athlete. Her husband’s career was cut short because of his refusal to be a part of the deceit. For over a decade Betsy and her family suffered tremendously. She prayed ceaselessly, turning to St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and St. Therese of the Little Flower, praying that the truth would get out. Betsy is a stay-at-home mom, who has since become an internationally recognized voice in the global battle against doping. Betsy and her husband Frankie Andreu have been married for 20 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

DR . JOSEPHINE LOMBARDI | THE CALL TO HOLINESS

Dr. Lombardi will walk us through the journey toward holiness. God is waiting for us to say “yes” to His desire to heal us and restore us. Mary’s “yes” to God’s plan for her life gives us courage to say “yes” to God’s plan for our lives. Jeremiah 29:1. She will tie in the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima apparitions, using the children as an example. Dr. Lombardi is the Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology, Director of Lay Formation and Professor of Field Education at St. Augustine’s Seminary.

CHERYL THOMPSON | MARRIAGE AND SANITY? OR SANCTITY?

Given current statistics on divorce, many wonder if the sacrament of marriage still dispenses supernatural grace. Cheryl will show us how the example of Sts. Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, can help women live out their marriage vocation with supernatural grace. Cheryl is a Catholic wife and mother. She holds a Bachelor of Theology degree. Cheryl works for the federal government and is a part-time proofreader for The Word Among Us Catholic magazine. She is Lay Director of the Ottawa Cursillo Movement and serves with the Core of the Nazareth Family Apostolate.

TANYA GRANIC ALLEN | FINDING YOUR CATHOLIC VOICE

Catholic women today face a tsunami of deeply challenging issues. Whether at work, on social media, or at the kitchen table… we deal with issues our mothers and grandmothers never faced: gender confusion, same sex attraction, pornography, euthanasia, and many other challenges. With the pressure of work, parenting obligations, dealing with elderly parents, and running a home… how does a Catholic woman stay true to her faith? Tanya’s inspiring talk with help us find and strengthen our Catholic voice. Tanya is a Canadian writer, commentator and spokesperson. She is President of Parents as First Educators (PAFE).

My Encounter with Dr. Matthia Langone: An Advent Reflection

In August 2015 I was invited to deliver three keynote presentations at the National Catholic Women’s League Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia. This event has been the highlight of my professional career, being surrounded by almost 1,000 women of faith whose personal witness to resilience and hope for the Church in Canada is an inspiration for all Catholic women. The theme for the convention was “One Heart One Voice One Mission.” The CWL executive chose an icon written by Dr. Matthia Langone, “The Recognition” to be used by the prayer companions of the Catholic Women’s League during the two-year term of Past President, Barbara Dowding.

“The Recognition” Matthia Langone, 2013.

“The Recognition” Matthia Langone, 2013.

I was blessed to see and “read” the original print as it was on display during the national convention. Having a great devotion to Mary, I was immediately drawn to the beauty of the icon and the great intimacy expressed in the embrace of Mary and Elizabeth, showing how their encounter was anointed by the Holy Spirit. This mutual “recognition” of the presence of the Spirit in the other and in their children reminds us of the great joy we experience when we encounter a person filled with the Holy Spirit. Their presence feeds us, consoles us and reassures us that we are known with a great intimacy. There is a familiar resemblance among those who are filled and led by the Spirit. I am blessed to have encountered so many Spirit filled women whom I call friends and sisters. Dr. Langone is among them.

Soon after admiring the original of “The Recognition” I noticed the author/painter, Dr. Matthia Langone, was present selling prints and gift cards. I rushed over to her display table and purchased a print of the Recognition. I told her how much I loved the icon and how my devotion to Mary and her intercessory prayers have sustained me throughout the years. Several months after the convention I emailed her to order more prints so that they could be given as gifts. Our email correspondence grew into a long distance friendship, writing short messages of encouragement and reassuring one another of prayer and mutual admiration. We have spoken on the phone once and within ten minutes I concluded I was speaking with a person who knows God very intimately, who understands the deep spiritual insight revealed in the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth, the Visitation. I was experiencing my own “encounter/visitation” with a woman who is filled with the Holy Spirit and knows the power of God’s love revealed in this holy encounter between two of God’s cherished daughters, Mary and Elizabeth. Her insight into the exchange between them, how their words were anointed by the Holy Spirit, how Elizabeth knew Mary with great intimacy, how they encouraged one another, inspiring Mary’s Magnificat, touched me very deeply. Dr. Langone’s icon is a celebration of this encounter, of the power of God’s love and the power of Spirit-filled friendships. Thank you, Matthia for the strength of your witness and for the gift of this icon, a gift I carry with me to show others the fruits of Spirit filled encounters.

Please visit Dr. Langone’s website to see more of her beautiful work and for the purchase of prints: http://www.wayoftheicon.com/blog/painting-to-be-shown-at-national-convention

Women of the Word – Toronto Retreat with Dr. Josephine Lombardi

Guest Blog Post by Mary Filangi – Women of the Word

We had an amazing day with 191 women and 3 priests together for the same reason. Hope, Healing and Restoration. Our Goal at Women of the Word is to provide a bridge for all women in all walks of life where Our Lady can guide us and Our Lord can heal and restore us.

Dr. Josephine Lombardi knows this in the depth of her soul and God has blessed her with the extraordinary gift of being able to speak with beautiful simplicity and clarity; the language of love and healing.

One of the priests yesterday sent me a text “So many deep sublime confessions. A lot of it comes from the insightful talks of Dr. Lombardi. She’s so special” And Josie herself always points the finger away from herself and towards heaven, saying “it is God’s Grace”.  It was an awe inspiring day with insightful genuine talks, confession, sharing, dancing, food, ending with a meditative Rosary, Consecration to Our Heavenly Mother and the Celebration of Holy Mass with Fr. Peter Choi.

As one woman said as she was leaving, “I’m so full, I’m going home to share what I’ve received”!

For more information on Woman of the Word please go to www.wowblessingstoronto.com

Workshop with Fr. Kevin Belgrave: Helping Families Through End-of-Life Issues

Join Fr. Kevin Belgrave at St. Augustine’s Seminary on Saturday October 8 for this important workshop. Please see poster online for full details on how to register online.
End-of-Life

Being an “expert in humanity”… is for everyone!

UPDATE:  The Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada awarded Josephine Lombardi’s recent book, Experts in Humanity, First Place Standing in the Family Ministry Category.

This Sunday’s all-new episode of Subject Matters features a wonderful book that brings together Catholic spirituality and contemporary biology and psychology.  Theologian Josephine Lombardi takes us on a spiritual journey towards being our best selves in “Experts in Humanity: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing.”  Ahead of Sunday’s premiere, check out “My Take” on Professor Lombardi’s book and tune in Sunday night!

Your future depends on you knowing God and knowing yourself. This will bring you healing, and your own story of healing will inspire others to know God and to know themselves.
Experts in Humanity, p.127

Subject Matters: “Experts in Humanity: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing”
by Josephine Lombardi, PhD
Sunday, May 29 at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT

 

A Day of Reflection for Women: Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dear Friends of the Institute of Theology,

St. Augustine’s Institute of Theology invites you to participate in A Day of Reflection for Women:

Date: Saturday, June 4, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Topic: “Knowing God’s Perfect Love Is Knowing God’s Mercy with Dr. Josephine “

Dr. Lombardi will explore obstacles to loving God, oneself and others. There will be time for private reflection and small group sharing, lunch and Mass.

Read the flyer for more details. Registration for this Lay Formation event is open. You can pay and register here.

If you have questions regarding the event, please e-mail tat.mukhina@utoronto.ca or call 416-261-7207 ext. 235.

Bring your mothers, sisters, daughters and friends!

June-4-Lay-Formation-Program-A Day of Reflection

Cardinal Thomas Collins met with media Friday as Pope Francis releases papal document on the family

On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Vatican released Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation (papal document to the global church), “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family”, bringing together the results of two recent Synods on the family convoked by the Holy Father in 2014 and 2015. To help provide context to this important document and recognizing the many pastoral challenges facing the family today, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and a panel (including theologians and a married couple) met with the media to answer questions and offer brief reflections on Amoris Laetitia (WATCH VIDEO below):

Dr. Moira McQueen – Moral Theologian and Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Dr. McQueen participated in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.

Dr. Josephine Lombardi – Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Dr. Lombardi has many years of pastoral experience working in parishes and schools.

Randy & Anna Boyagoda – Dr. Randy Boyagoda is a professor at Ryerson University and writes frequently about religion, politics, and culture. Dr. Anna Boyagoda directs the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Randy & Anna have four children, ages 3-10.

Additional resources can be found at: http://www.archtoronto.org/synod