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Fr. Cristino’s Talks rss

“In the Footsteps of the Holy Women” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

December 4, 2018

This talk was delivered as part of the annual CWL Advent Retreat in 2017. In the Footsteps of the Holy Women No notes available

“A Theology of Dating?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

This talk was delivered by Fr. Cristino to a Catholic Speed Dating event. Although he espouses a very counter-cultural view of what should constitute “dating”, it is with the hope to raise our contemporary generation out of what can often be a harmful cycle of relationships which do not effectively lead people to healthy marriages…. Read More ›

“Carmelite Retreat – Day 6: Prophecy & ‘The Spring’” – 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 ›

“Chivalry and its Counterfeits: Authentic Masculinity and the Manhood of Christ” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

This talk was delivered to the Fr. Lacombe Guild, a lay association of men, seeking to advance in holiness through prayer, doctrinal formation and fraternity. Chivalry and its Counterfeits: Authentic Masculinity and the Manhood of Christ PDF Version of Notes

“What Were the 90’s? Communicating the Gospel to a New Generation” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

This talk was delivered to the young man gathered as part of the annual God Squad Men’s Conference held at St. Peter’s Parish, Calgary. Addressing a group of youth who were all born in the new millennium, Fr. Cristino considers the implications of becoming evangelists in a modern era which knows little of the eras… Read More ›

“Forming Spiritual Leaders” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

Following upon the previous talk, building upon the foundation of authentic moral leadership, we turn our attention at the same Compass Lethbridge Young Adults retreat to the topic of spiritual leadership. Striving to master human virtue in daily living, we can then grow in the theological virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity. Forming Spiritual Leaders… Read More ›

“Forming Moral Leaders” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

In the context of the Compass Lethbridge Young Adults Retreat, Fr. Cristino delivers two talks which explore the question of what goes into forming- and being formed into- moral leaders. True moral leaders will transform the social order, and as will be seen later, true spiritual leaders will sanctify it. Forming Moral Leaders PDF Version… Read More ›

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

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 the excuse, “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, premature diagnosis of a psychosis that… 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 ›