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

Tag: humility

Maranatha, Our Lord Comes!

During Advent, our hearts and minds turn to the celebration of the Birth of our Lord. We reflect on His coming – the moment that Jesus was made incarnate in the womb of His Blessed Mother Mary – and we consider the place He wants to have in each of our lives. Even before Jesus’… Read More ›

Watch and Pray!

“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 Lent, the 40 days that precede Easter, is a time set aside by the Church to help prepare our hearts for the celebration of the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus.  Through penance,… 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 ›

“A Prophet of Humility and Divine Wisdom” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Dt 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28) “A Prophet of Humility and Divine Wisdom”  PDF Version Homily for the 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year B (2018): Dt 18:15-20; 1 Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28 Since the time of Moses, God had sent numerous prophets to His people. Prophets like Elijah… Read More ›

Mary: Embodiment of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness

Mary: Embodiment of Beauty, Truth, and Goodness  It’s only fitting that we end by reflecting on our Blessed Mother, the means through which God chose to reveal His Beauty, Truth and Goodness to the world. Now, what do I mean by this? Two things, really. In bearing Jesus, Mary quite literally embodied Beauty, Truth, and… Read More ›

A Confession Primer for Cradle Catholics (and the rest of us!)

I’ve come to love and appreciate the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the years, but it wasn’t always that way. For a long time, I suffered from “confession avoidance” and had all the accompanying excuses: I don’t really need to go… I’ll feel embarrassed… I forget how this works… Confession? Who has time?… What do I… Read More ›

Silence

Few movies have made as much of an impression on me as did Martin Scorsese’s film, Silence. Based on the novel by Japanese author, Shūsako Endō, Silence tells the story of two Portuguese priests who travel to Japan as missionaries in 1637, during the time of the Tokugawa shogunate (also called the Edo period). History… Read More ›

The Vulnerability of God

When you think of God, what image first comes to mind? If you read the Old Testament, it’s easy to focus on His omniscience, His power and might, for this is the God we see on nearly every page. But that’s not the whole story. The New Testament reveals another side of God – the… Read More ›

Mary, Mother of Mercy

“Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness, and our hope…”     It’s often been said that Mary’s work in heaven is to pray for sinners – that mercy is her “department.”1 There’s no doubt that we’ve got a powerful ally in our Heavenly Mother, an advocate who is always ready to… Read More ›

Living with the person who annoys you most

My kids and I were at the doctor’s office the other day, and we couldn’t help but notice the fish tank in the waiting room. Not that the tank was all that exciting, but one big fish kept chasing another smaller fish around, as if they were playing together. At first we were amused, but… Read More ›