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Saint Matthias was the apostle chosen to replace Judas because he could testify to the Resurrection of Jesus (Acts 1:21-23). He is believed to have preached the Gospel for 30 years in Cappadocia, Egypt, and Ethiopia and is the patron of carpenters and tailors.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, several different symbols may be used to represent the Holy Spirit including water, anointing, fire, cloud/light, the seal, the laying on of hands, the finger of God and the dove (694-701). Also used are a descending dove, a flame, seven lamps, a scroll with seven gifts and a mystic star with seven points.
Mother, help our faith! Open our ears to hear God’s word and to recognize His voice and call. Awaken in us a desire to follow in His footsteps, to go forth from our own land and to receive His promise. Help us to be touched by His love, that we may touch Him in faith. Help us to entrust ourselves fully to Him and to believe in his love, especially at times of trial, beneath the shadow of the cross, when our faith is called to mature. Sow in our faith the joy of the Risen One. Remind us that those who believe are never alone. Teach us to see all things with the eyes of Jesus, that He may be light for our path. And may this light of faith always increase in us, until the dawn of that undying day which is Christ Himself, your Son, our Lord!
May 10–16th is National Nursing Week here in Canada, and what better year to show some appreciation for our frontline healthcare workers?! Think of a way to let the healthcare workers in your life know they are appreciated, and that all of the blood, sweat and tears they have been putting into keeping us safe during the pandemic has not gone unnoticed. Words of thanks, an e-giftcard to their favourite coffee shop, a shout-out on social media, or some home-baking can all let them know that the work they do every day is appreciated and valued.