Today’s Mass readings are a wake-up and a shake-up!

First Reading: Sirach 5:1-8

Gospel: Mark 9:41-50

I was reading from the New American Bible because I do not have a Canadian Weekday Lectionary.

In the video link below I read through the First Reading.

Here is the Gospel:

Jesus said to his disciples: 41 Anyone who gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ, amen, I say to you, will surely not lose his reward.

42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe [in me] to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life maimed than with two hands to go into Gehenna,a] into the unquenchable fire. [44 ]b] 45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter into life crippled than with two feet to be thrown into Gehenna. [46 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. Better for you to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into Gehenna, 48 where ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’

49 c]“Everyone will be salted with fire. 50 Salt is good, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will you restore its flavor? Keep salt in yourselves and you will have peace with one another.”

The Gospel of the Lord.  Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ!

Let us wake up from our complacency with sin.  Let us not be like the unbelievers who do not even acknowledge sin.  It is important.  Let us get ready to meet Jesus face to face.  Let us make use of His beautiful gift of the Sacrament of Confession!  Let us humble ourselves in that Sacrament and then receive His love and mercy, and then let us live the life of grace.  In Viam Pacis!  God bless.

Here’s the latest video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfGxoxULk0k




 

Sunday the 24th: For the Benefactors of In Viam Pacis

Monday the 25th: For the benefit of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Tuesday the 26th: For Fr. Anthony’s Intentions

Wednesday the 27th: For a Special Intention, by Nathalie

Thursday the 28th: For the benefit of Sergio on his birthday, by his sister Lara

Friday the 1st: For the benefit of Paul, by his sister Jennifer

Saturday the 2nd: For Ghislaine and family, by her sister Gabrielle

 

Please check out the latest video:

https://youtu.be/HWs7plLRZDo

 

Below is Part 2 of Confirmation Bias, specifically for Catholics.

If you haven’t already, please subscribe to the YouTube channel “To Prepare His Way” which can be found at this link:

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We are entering the last week of the month and donations are very much appreciated and needed.  Please help In Viam Pacis get off the ground and make a real difference in the life of the Church!  Thank you!




https://youtu.be/HWs7plLRZDo
https://youtu.be/HWs7plLRZDo

On February 16 and 17 I was called in on the last minute to offer the Masses in Prescott and Cardinal so there was no Mass at In Viam Pacis.  Generally I leave the Sunday intentions free, or for my own intentions, for just such a scenario.

18 February Monday: For the benefit of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Tuesday: For a Special Intention, by Nathalie

Wednesday: For Fr. Anthony’s Intentions

Thursday: For the benefit of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Friday: For the benefit of Lisa, by her sister Suzanne

Saturday: For the benefit of Paul, by his sister Jennifer

From February 10th to 16th:

Sunday: For the benefactors of In Viam Pacis

Monday: For the benefit and intentions of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Tuesday: For a special intention, by Nathalie

Wednesday: For the benefit and intentions of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Thursday: For the benefit and intentions of Paul, by his sister Jennifer

Friday: For the benefit and intentions of Rebecca, by her mother Nathalie

Saturday: For Ben, Lee, and Maria-Rose, by Gisele

 

 

 

In Viam Pacis is a non-profit association that depends on donations.  Many of you are praying for the success of the project, and this is absolutely essential.  Please pray that In Viam Pacis will become something really beautiful for God!  Please pray for wisdom for the directors, as well as for the well being of Fr. Anthony.

 

 

 

During your prayers, could you also consider the possibility of becoming a financial contributor?  We need ongoing support.  It’s just the reality.  Perhaps you could consider a monthly donation of $40 or even $10 or even $1?  Or perhaps you are very blessed and a larger amount is possible?  Please help In Viam Pacis get off the ground!  Please visit the “Be A Part of In Viam Pacis” page on this website to find out how to donate.  Thank you in advance, and thank you to everyone who has already made that commitment!

 

You can also help In Viam Pacis by subscribing to our YouTube channel called “To Prepare His Way” because if enough subscribers are reached then there is a possibility that some ad revenue could be generated from the videos.  We need to reach 1,000 subscribers to be considered for this possibility.  Right now we are at 8.  There is no cost for a subscription.  To subscribe simply go to the “To Prepare His Way” YouTube channel and click on the “subscribe” button.  Provide your email address and then click on the notification bell.  You can also click on the “share” arrow which is found by moving your cursor within any particular video near the top of the video and you will see a curved arrow to click on to send a link of that video to others that you think might be interested in it.  As far as I can tell you can’t subscribe by just watching a video that has been embedded on this website, but you have to go to the YouTube platform.  On any of the videos embedded on this website, simply click the play button and while the video is being played, put your cursor over the video near the bottom of the video and the YouTube logo will appear for you to click on.  You can also go directly to the channel here:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCX_6oM4Ckxb_EERg79CbSDw

 

 

Thank you to everyone filling out the Contact Page and asking for more information about coming for a retreat at In Viam Pacis!  Thank you also, to those who have sent in some donations!  Please visit the “Be a Part of In Viam Pacis” Page on this website and consider becoming a monthly supporter.  I think In Viam Pacis is a unique opportunity and a positive initiative in these troubled times.  Of course, it won’t last long if it is not financially supported.  Even if you don’t think you will ever come on retreat here, I hope you see the value for the Church and for society and, if so, kindly make a contribution, no matter how small.

In order to answer some common questions, I offer this information:

We are not open yet to receive retreatants.  I’m sure we’re still at least a few weeks away (probably a bit longer).

As for cost, I will be recommending to the directors in a couple weeks that we start off by simply asking for a free will offering, so I’ll see what they say about that, and we’ll take it from there.  I guess it will depend on how many donations are received outside of actual retreatants.  So far donations are slow, but I think we will have enough benefactors in time, please God.
At first there will be two private and completely separate guest rooms in the main house.  Later, a retreatant will be able to stay in a small private prayer cabin in the woods.  Besides a safe place to stay, what is offered here is daily Mass and Liturgy of the Hours.  A silent retreat place where daily Mass and Confession is available on-site is not really available anywhere in the area, that I know of anyway.  I think this is priceless, don’t you?
The norm is self-directed silent retreats.  Each retreatant can set his or own schedule but is invited to come to Mass and Liturgy of the Hours.  The liturgical schedule has not been set in stone at this point.  If a retreatant or a small group wants a directed retreat I am willing to offer a daily conference.  I can also offer my ‘strength, hope, and experience’ for those seeking recovery from codependency or addictions in congruence with the Catholic Faith, as long as the retreatant is not in need of medical care.  In other words, an addict of any substances should already have started a recovery program and no longer have physical withdrawal symptoms.  I can also offer some spiritual direction and a confidential listening ear.
There are 120 acres of beautiful forest with varied terrain to explore for anyone with a bit of an adventurous heart.  There is a stunningly beautiful large pond at the back of the property that is well worth the effort to discover.  There are some walking trails already, and more being prepared.  If someone wants to go off trail too much, a compass would really come in handy!  There is a ‘creek’ teeming with fish, so if a retreatant has a fishing license and observes the seasons for particular species, fishing is also a possibility.  The road is paved and not very busy, making it conducive to bicycling in the warmer months. Nearby gravel roads make for an easy hike for those times when hiking through the forest is perhaps a little too burdensome.  Snowshoeing is also a possibility in the winter, and I suppose cross country skiing as well, but there are no groomed ski paths.  Since it is a silent retreat centre, normally 4-wheelers, motorbikes, and snowmobiles would not be allowed in the woods.  Five kilometres away, there is a large lake with road access and parking.  There is no dock to swim from at the lake, but the land is prepared in such a way that there are two boat launches, and some people have been known to swim there.
Cell service is weak to non-existent, although there is a signal booster at the house which can often make calls possible.  There is also a landline at the house for emergencies.  The landline ringer is usually off, but there will be voicemail when we open in case someone needs to get in touch with a retreatant.  The grounds of In Viam Pacis are alcohol, drug, smoke, and vape free.  It is truly a place where retreatants can be unplugged and undrugged!
 As for food, a retreatant should bring his or her own food. A common fridge and a common basic kitchenette will be on-site.  I’m sure I’ll have some food available for retreatants who do not bring food, but, I’m a priest, not a chef, after all!
One way to keep up to date on the progress of In Viam Pacis and find out when we are open is to subscribe to the YouTube Channel and turn the notification bell on.  You can also check the Archdiocese of Ottawa Friday Facts.
I hope this answers some of your questions.  For the address and direct email address you can fill out the Contact Page and I’ll return your email with the information.
God bless,
Fr. Anthony Hannon
In Viam Pacis

This was the second video I uploaded to YouTube and while I see I have lots of room for improvement, I hope you benefit from watching it.  I think you have to watch it on YouTube to be able to subscribe, and whether you comment on this blog post or on the actual YouTube site, I will see the comment.  The difference is that on YouTube your comment will be seen immediately and potentially to more viewers, compared to this website where the comment isn’t published until it is approved by yours truly first.  On this video I set the webcam at High Definition and I can’t remember the frames per second setting, but the result was almost as neat as watching one of those old Chinese movies dubbed into English, if you get what I mean!  Oh well, enjoy: