1. Begin with the prayer for specific for each session
  2. Watch the TED talk video
  3. Watch the reflection video by one of the pastoral team members
  4. Pray over the scripture passage
  5. Review Personal Reflection Questions

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SESSION #1 – Let’s Revive the Golden Rule

Opening Prayer

Dear Lord, forgiveness is at the heart of being your disciple.  Strengthen me during this retreat that I may live out the GOLDEN RULE in every aspect of my life helping to build forgiveness, compassion and hope in our world.  May I have the courage to seek the changes needed in my life with your help, so that I may always be a sign of love and light.  May this retreat journey be a time of grace, conversion and renewal for me and all those who I walk with in this sacred experience.  AMEN.



Matthew 7.1-12

‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “Let me take the speck out of your eye”, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.

‘Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

‘Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

‘In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.’


(1) What do you see as the positive/negative sides of the GOLDEN RULE as described by Karen Armstrong?

(2) What does compassion mean to you? Can you think of a time that you have genuine experienced compassion?

(3) Am I compassionate? Which relationships in my life lack compassion?

(4) How can I be more compassionate or help others to be compassionate as well?

(5) How can we influence the Church, media, education and other institutions to be more compassionate?



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  1. Fr. John Jasica

    I hope everyone enjoys this first session of our new TED online retreat!!! Share your thoughts here!

  2. Martha Cole

    The world of 2020 with a pandemic that has taken so many lives world wide the need for compassion and following the Golden Rule is greater now than any time in history. World Wars 1 and 2 tragedies with the loss of many loved ones unfortunately are not as compelling in todays world because it has not been experienced by many who are alive today but not less tragic. .Personally, I think that showing compassion for others and following the golden rule in today’s society is to follow health restrictions set out by the Ministry of Health, wear masks, social distancing and thoroughly washing of hands. ..

    • Fr. John

      Hello Martha—-you make a great point—in the midst of the pandemic compassion towards one another is by following health and safety guidelines so that everyone can be safe. This is a real, tangible and visible sign. Yet there is a growing call for individual freedom and choice without a sense of the common good—that is, what benefits everyone. When we act for the common good we do need to let go of our own preferences for the sake of all.

      Thank you for sharing!!

  3. Chris Dobson

    “YOU HYPOCRITES…” It shouts at you – the log in our eye is our own hypocricy. Jesus challenges us to a level of self examination and scrutiny that we rarely want to undertake but are all to happy to focus on others – our judgements about their flaws, and their faults, takes the focus away from the uncomfortable truth that we are every bit as flawed and full of faults as our brothers and sisters and others (who are uncomfortable with our gender description of them). In a world of us and them, or us vs them, where is the unity and the love that Christs asks of us? Today, more than ever it seems, all we see is division and hate preached like some new religion. I liked the message in the video that invites us to speak out – to not abandon our responsibility to speak against those who preach hate and lies. Is it too much to ask for each of us to say something for a world that we believe God created for everyone and said: “it was good.” Does not everyone deserve a place to belong and be loved?

    In my work as a criminal lawyer, I hear awful histories of children abused and raised in loveless environments and I seek to bring them to a place of love and understanding, no matter what their crime. I frequently suffer from compassion burn out. I too often fall into the error of not giving to those closest to me and even myself the love, care and attention that is needed to build a healthy life. What message do I send to my wife and my children of the love of Jesus, when I do not make room in my heart for them? What is it that I am doing wrong?

    The answer starts and ends with daily prayer, and asking as St. Theresa of Jesus did, to be carried – to be able to enter into the trust and dependence of living daily in the heart of Jesus, beginning at home, and trusting as the day unfolds that He will do the work, if I let him. I am often the log in my own eye and I pray that Jesus will remove my “I” and that my family will forgive me for all the times I have not given them the love and attention they truly deserve. Love begins at home and It is that love that empowers us to speak and bring love into our communities; so, take time to pray that Jesus will show you the log in your eye and give you the courage and strenght to remove it.

  4. Luisa

    The Golden Rule poster by the Scarboro Missions shows the wordings of the Golden Rule for a number of religions.

  5. Susan Shaw

    I identified one area concerning the Golden Rule in which I am truly deficient. Our youth are adopting a compassionate life style. We ALL must feel the NEED to CHALLENGE UNCOMPASSIONATE SPEECH!

    My tendency is to steer well clear of rhetoric that I know is both hurtful and sinful. You hear it in the political rantings, both spoken at rallies and such and in recording of Discredit Your Opponent ads, for the purpose of swaying the vote. Often words taken completely out of context can cause massive pain to the candidate involved, especially when the grievance is purely concocted. This uncompassionate speech is deplorable and sinful.

    Golden Rule-wise, I doubt the hurler of the deceitful quotes would be okay if the same ugly words were directed at himself.

    We need to get BRAVE and SPEAK OUT against the uncompassionate speech coming out of the proponents of Bill C7!

    We need to get BRAVE and SPEAK OUT against the bully who is causing the cashier to cry (over his need for freedom not to wear a mask.

    There’s a whole lot of uncompassionate speech we say, hear, or read in the course of a day these days. In the streets, at work, in the grocery store, in a traffic jam’, in our own HOMES! Point out that it is wrong and pray for God’s help to influence the speaker to re-assess his situation and handle himself differently, hopefully with a much better result.

    Pray. Connect with others. Stop being passive recipients and put compassion out there as an equally valid influencer.