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

Tag: love

“Unjustly Labelled Lepers” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Lv: 13:1-2,44-46; Mk 1:40-45) “Unjustly Labelled Lepers”  PDF Version Homily for the 6th Sunday of OT, Year B (2018): Lv: 13:1-2,44-46; Mk 1:40-45 To be a leper in Ancient Israel meant to endure a life of forced isolation and continual ridicule. Leprosy was understood as a punishment from God, on… Read More ›

Mindfulness vs. Christian Meditation: A Catholic Perspective

‘Mindfulness’ has become a bit of a buzzword these days, and to be honest, I haven’t always understood what’s involved. I initially regarded it simply as the practice of being attentive and aware. But the practice of mindfulness goes beyond that description. In the modern clinical sense of the word, it refers to a type… Read More ›

Perfectionism and the Pursuit of Excellence

Many years ago, when my daughter was about 10 years old, she decided to enter an Easter colouring contest. The prize was a gift certificate at a nearby shopping mall, and as she had her eye on a music box there, she set about the task of colouring her Easter bunny with special care. Unfortunately,… 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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

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 ›

Ordinary Holiness

I’ve always loved the song, Ordinary Holiness.1 Somehow, the words really speak to my heart. The refrain goes like this – maybe you know it … “Ordinary holiness, in the sacred day today. Where we live and love and labor, as we gather here to pray. Humble God of all simplicity, help ev’ry heart prepare…. Read More ›

Easter Message from Pope Francis

‘Urbi et Orbi’ Message of Pope Francis – Easter 2016  Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter! The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised…… Read More ›