"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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February 9, 2019

Psalm 90:17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,     and prosper for us the work of our hands— Is there some particular work you like to do with your hands? Kneading bread? Gripping a hockey stick? Playing an instrument? For me, it is knitting. When my two hands are focused on… Read More ›

BFF: Unmasking the joy of spiritual friendship

“You’ve got a friend in me You’ve got a friend in me When the road looks rough ahead And you’re miles and miles from your nice warm bed You just remember what your old pal said Boy, you’ve got a friend in me Yeah, you’ve got a friend in me” – from the movie, Toy… Read More ›

In the bleak midwinter, give my heart

  Christmas carols crowd into Advent, pushing aside the poignancy of waiting in favour of jollity.  One of my favourite carols never makes it into the aural wallpaper of our public spaces, I think because it does not paper over the bleakness of waiting with tinsel, but enters into the mystery of the Christ Child’s… Read More ›

Catholic Education Under Attack

The first time I walked into a Catholic school, I felt a little weird. I’d converted to Catholicism some years before, but I still felt like a bit of an imposter. Having been brought up in the Protestant faith and educated in B.C.’s public-school system, I had no idea what to expect. I wasn’t sure… Read More ›

If you don’t get what you want, want what you get (or: ‘if you knew the gift of God’…)

If you don’t get what you want, want what you get. October encourages me to reflect on gratitude.  Is it only for picture-perfect holidays with big dinners surrounded by family and friends?  Is giving thanks a virtue I can work on so that I don’t miss the gifts of God? Walking through an unexpected, heavy… Read More ›

I Believe; Help My Unbelief

“Stand up for what you believe in even if you are standing alone.”1 – Sophie Scholl One of the toughest things we are called to do in life is to stand up for what we believe. In the wake of the recent scandals that have rocked the Church, it can take courage to even admit… Read More ›

#ChurchToo

The past couple of months have been tough for Catholics. Scandal has always existed within the Church, but recent allegations about former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report (recounting the abuse of more than 1000 victims by more than 300 priests) have unleashed an unprecedented outpouring of dismay, confusion,… Read More ›

“Carmelite Retreat – Day 4: Recollection & ‘The Pilgrim’ – Retreat by Fr. Cristino

From June 8-15, 2018, Fr. Cristino had the distinct privilege of preaching the annual 8 day retreat to the sisters of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Mississauga, ON. Several of these sisters ran a home for the aged in Father’s hometown of Medicine Hat and have known him since he was… Read More ›

“Carmelite Retreat- Day 3: Contemplation & ‘The Mendicant'” – Retreat by Fr. Cristino

From June 8-15, 2018, Fr. Cristino had the distinct privilege of preaching the annual 8 day retreat to the sisters of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Mississauga, ON. Several of these sisters ran a home for the aged in Father’s hometown of Medicine Hat and have known him since he was… Read More ›

“Carmelite Retreat- Day 2: Solitude & ‘The Hermit'” – Retreat by Fr. Cristino

From June 8-15, 2018, Fr. Cristino had the distinct privilege of preaching the annual 8 day retreat to the sisters of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus in Mississauga, ON. Several of these sisters ran a home for the aged in Father’s hometown of Medicine Hat and have known him since he was… Read More ›