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Fr. Cristino’s Talks rss

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

May 30, 2018

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 ›

“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 ›