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Fr. Cristino’s Talks rss

“Lawgivers or Lawmakers?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

February 7, 2018

Especially in a parliamentary democracy, we speak interchangeably about our elected officials as being “lawmakers”, almost as if a property of their being is to generate a statute from nothing. However, it is this mistaken notion of the origin of law which leads to the many manifestations of the betrayal of law in modern society…. Read More ›

“The Devil Made Me Do it” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

We often here this excuse that “the devil made me do it” when addressing why someone has behaved in whatever way he or she has. However, when it comes to the realm of mental illness, one can too quickly blame the devil instead of seeking professional help; or, vice versa, diagnosis a psychosis that would… Read More ›

“The Origins of ‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel'” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

In this brief meditation, preached as part of the Advent Mission to the parish of St. Rita’s in Rockyford, Fr. Cristino explains how this popular Advent hymn came to be; and how hidden within the Latin text is a comforting message meant to bring our Advent preparation to a hopeful close. The Origins of ‘O… Read More ›

“Promoting a Culture of Vocations in School” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

We remain privileged, despite ongoing and increasing obstacles, to still have and maintain our separate school system. One of the many blessings this affords us is a natural avenue to seize the opportunities for promoting the discernment of children’s vocations in light of God’s unique plan for them. Our schools should be ‘greenhouses‘ for vocations-… Read More ›

“Reaping the Bitter Fruits of the Sexual Revolution” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

We tend to identify the late 1960’s as the start of the sexual revolution, as most in modern culture would call that time of alleged “liberation”. However, what became one of the most damaging philosophical shifts of the 20th century was building up over time from contributing factors around the world. In this talk delivered… Read More ›

“Spiritual But Not Religious, You Say? Impossible.” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

There is an ever expanding demographic of modern, Western society that styles itself as spiritual, but not religious. In this talk delivered to the St. Michael’s DMC Young Adults Group, Fr. Cristino explores the history of religion and how, with a proper understanding of what religion entails, the claim of being strictly ‘spiritual’ while adhering to… Read More ›

“The Truth About Tolerance” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

It would seem our modern culture values only one virtue: TOLERANCE. The problem is, tolerance is not a virtue. In fact, one might say that to tolerate is the furthest thing from loving. In this talk delivered to the Youth 4 Truth Conference earlier this year, Fr. Cristino explores the themes of relativism, truth and defending… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 8” – Course by Fr. Cristino

The concluding lecture of this series takes all that has been covered regarding the foundational principles of moral decision making in our tradition, combined with last week’s emphasis on human dignity, in order to better grasp the Church’s position on sexual ethics. It is in this area that the world pays most attention to the… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 7” – Course by Fr. Cristino

With six weeks behind us covering the fundamental principles which guide the Catholic moral tradition, namely- that the Church is a loving mother which teaches us to love her Groom, Jesus Christ, in the way He wants to be loved by allowing His laws to govern our consciences so as to act virtuously- we are… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 6” – Course by Fr. Cristino

Having covered the fundamental principles of the previous five weeks, we can now bring them all together in this session covering the concrete, nuts and bolts of what has guided Catholic decision making for centuries. In a culture permeated- often ignorantly- of gravely evil methods of decision making, it is imperative that Catholics receive a… Read More ›