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Tag: Holiness

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

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

“Only Priests Crucified With Christ” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached on the occasion of a vocation promotion weekend at St. Patrick’s Parish, Calgary. 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Wis. 2: 12, 17-20 & Mk. 9: 30-37) “Only Priests Crucified With Christ” PDF Version

“A Vocation to Weakness?” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached at St. Thomas More Parish, Calgary, during a vocation promotions weekend.  14th Sunday of Ordinary Time (2 Cor. 12: 7-10) “A Vocation to Weakness?” PDF Version

“The Bread that Masters Sinew and Limb” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached to the young adults gathered at the Singles For Christ “Crossroads Vocation Discernment Retreat.” Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ- Corpus Christi (Ex. 24: 3-8; Heb. 9: 11-15; Mk. 14: 12-16, 22-26) “The Bread that Masters Sinew and Limb”  PDF Version

St. Francis de Sales – January 24th

St. Francis de Sales – Bishop, Doctor of the Church – Feast Day:  January 24 Born:  August 21, 1567 in the Chateau de Sales, Duchy of Savoy, France Died:  December 28, 1622 at the age of 55 in Lyons, France Canonized April 8, 1665 Declared Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX November 16, 1877… Read More ›

In Search of the Holy Spirit

“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to heaven.” – St. Ephrem the Syrian, Doctor of the Church (306-373) Although the chocolate is long gone and the decorations have been packed away, it… Read More ›

Of purging and all things purgatorial…

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

“Moral Theology & Catholic Decision Making: Week 1” – Course by Fr. Cristino

Saint Michael’s Catholic Community in Calgary has introduced a platform of ongoing adult faith formation called Saints in the City. As an introductory feature of this program, Fr. Cristino, the associate pastor of the parish, is offering an 8-week course exploring the guiding principles behind the Catholic Moral Tradition and how these principles could and… Read More ›

“All That NFP Can Achieve (and not just avoid…)” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

Natural Family Planning is becoming an increasingly familiar topic in contemporary Catholic circles. While it sadly remains so frequently confused with a form of implicit “Catholic Contraception”, it is fundamentally different. Furthermore, though it can be employed with the explicit end of spacing births, there is also much which can be acquired through its practice…. Read More ›

Five Qualities Catholic Girls Find Irresistible

I still remember the day I felt sure my daughter had found the “right” guy. She texted me one morning, saying that her boyfriend had broken his scapular and she needed my help. For a minute, my mind raced as I tried to quickly think back to 9th grade Biology class to remember what part… Read More ›