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

July 3, 2015

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

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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“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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“Miracles of the Eucharist” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

The greatest gift our Lord left His Church was the enduring gift of His very self, truly, really and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. Nothing could surpass the enormity of this sacrament, but miracles down through the ages have often been granted by God in order to bolster our faith. In this talk, delivered… Read More ›

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“Glamourizing Evil: The Dangers & A Catholic Response” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

With our culture’s favoured feast of Halloween only a few days behind us, it is appropriate to carefully consider a dynamic which is not the doing of Halloween but is frequently embodied by it. Evil being presented as good or innocent is a lethal injection into all times and places. It surrounds us constantly every… Read More ›

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“Why Miracles?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

As a follow-up to the talk, “What are Miracles?”, delivered to the home school students of the bi-annual Youth4Truth Conference, Fr. Cristino now explores the question,  “Why Miracles?” Why doesn’t God just make things work out well in the first place and so eliminate any need for miracles? Are there other benefits that flow from God’s… Read More ›

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“What are Miracles?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

We use the word ‘miracle’ pretty loosely to mean everything from a surprise to supernatural activity. But, what are miracles? Do they even exist? Can everything be explained away by science? How much hope should we place in miracles happening? These topics are addressed in this talk delivered to the home school students of the bi-annual… Read More ›

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