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Fr. Cristino’s Talks rss

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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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“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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“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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“Dream, And Your Dreams Will Fall Short” – Commencement Address to Fr. Lacombe High School Graduating Class of 2015

A life not lived greatly is a life not worth living. This is the central theme which Fr. Cristino attempts to convey to the 2015 grads of Fr. Lacombe High School. By examining Time Magazine’s carefully and strategically compiled list of the most influential people of all time, he offers them some key insights into… Read More ›

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“Reality of Truth or Pride of Opinion?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

The subtitle of this talk is: Being Catholic in a Pluralistic Culture. The dilemma Catholics have always faced- and perhaps as fiercely, if not more, today than ever before- is the supposition that religion is a matter of personal opinion and not objective truth. As such, when Catholics purport to have positions on practically everything, people… Read More ›

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“Manly Men of God” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

There are forces contrary to true manliness and true Christ-likeness coming at us from every angle, ever day. We live in a time when being a virtuous man of God is a constant battle. And yet, ingrained within us is a desire for the greatness which destines us for Heaven. So how are we to… Read More ›

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“What the Church ACTUALLY Teaches About Same-Sex Attraction” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

There is perhaps a no more divisive issue in our modern times than that of the Catholic Church’s response to homosexuality. Upon visiting a typical high school classroom, the following question will invariably be posed, “Why does the Church hate gay people?” Could it be, that Holy Mother Church, the Spotless Bride of Christ, could… Read More ›

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