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

Tag: love

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 ›

Holy Week 2016 – Homily of Pope Francis for Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday signals to all Christians that Holy Week has begun. And as we journey together in these coming days, I invite you to reflect with me on the words of our Holy Father, Pope Francis. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis for Palm Sunday, March 20th, 2016 “Blessed is He who comes in the… Read More ›

Time to Take a Stand

As Canadians, we have always prided ourselves on being a democratic society. We see ourselves as a community who cares for one another, and we are prepared to stand up for others in order to protect the common good. Recent events in Alberta, however, suggest that the religious freedom of Catholics – which is protected… Read More ›