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“Fasting? What For?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

February 10, 2016

With the season of Lent now upon us, it is important that we give some consideration to one of the imperatives Jesus left us for growing in holiness. In the well-known gospel passage from which we hear on Ash Wednesday, Jesus commands that we should perform prayer, fasting and almsgiving. People generally understand why intensifying… Read More ›

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“Reading God’s Mind or Listening to your Heart? Principles of Discernment” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

The Calgary diocesan vocations director, Fr. Myles Gaffney, has famously said on a number of occasions when addressing groups of young people, “The last thing you want is for them to have to write on your tombstone, ‘Still Discerning’…” All of us have had the experience of feeling lost about what God wants next from… Read More ›

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“Mary’s Fiat is Our Fiat” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

This talk was given during a CCO Summit at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Calgary. My hope is that this short talk shows us how Mary’s fiat teaches us how to bear Christ in our lives and be confident in sharing that joy with others. “Mary’s Fiat is Our Fiat” PDF Notes    

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“An Introduction to The Roman Canon” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

In this presentation, Fr. Nathan explains the importance and structure of the Eucharistic Prayer of the Holy Mass. This presentation will show what are the chief elements of the various Eucharistic Prayers and specifically where they occur in the Roman Canon or Eucharistic Prayer I. The PDF PowerPoint slides contain the text of the Roman… Read More ›

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“Religion & Science: Which Leads and Which Serves?” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached on the 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time in the context of the annual conference of the Religious and Moral Education Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association. Based upon the readings assigned for that day in which our Lord declares that He came to serve and not be served, Fr. Cristino examines… Read More ›

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“Lord, Teach us to Pray” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

Among the more sincere requests of Jesus’ disciples in the gospels was when they asked our Lord to teach them how to pray. As we well know, it was on this occasion that He gave them our most treasured prayer, The Our Father. Yet, must He not have intended for the prayer lives of His followers… Read More ›

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“All That NFP Can Achieve (and not just avoid…)” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

Natural Family Planning is becoming an increasingly familiar topic in contemporary Catholic circles. While it sadly remains so frequently confused with a form of implicit “Catholic Contraception”, it is fundamentally different. Furthermore, though it can be employed with the explicit end of spacing births, there is also much which can be acquired through its practice…. Read More ›

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“Stewardship and the New Evangelization” – Talk by Fr. Nathan

This talk was originally given for a Stewardship Conference held in the Diocese of Calgary in June 2015. It explores the relationship between Stewardship and the call to the New Evangelization. Beginning with a brief reflection on how St. Peter and his successors are to be identified as the Chief Steward of the Kingdom of Jesus… Read More ›

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“Forgiveness and Reconciliation with God is not a Feeling” – Talk by Fr. Jerome

It has to be the Greatest Pitfall of all time. The idea that we must wait until we “feel better” about a person or situation before we believe that we have obtained and or reach that point where true forgiveness happens. Jesus Christ suspended between heaven and earth from piercing nails on the cross teaches us… Read More ›

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“Men of Prayer: Building an Interior Life” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

This talk was delivered to the Fr. Lacombe Men’s Guild as part of their monthly lecture series on matters pertaining to the Faith and spiritual development. Fr. Cristino discusses with the men gathered at this session the indispensable role that a personal prayer life plays in being good disciples as well as genuine spiritual leaders…. Read More ›

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