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

Tag: Penance

Choose Joy!

“Yet even now,” says the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments.” Return to the Lord, your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and repent of evil. – Joel 2:12-13… 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 ›

“Show Yourselves to the Priests” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached in St. Anthony’s Parish, Drumheller, where Fr. Cristino was present at all Sunday Masses to introduce the parish mission. 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Lv. 13: 1-2, 44-46 & Mk. 1: 40-45) “Show Yourselves to the Priests”  PDF Version

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 ›

St. Kateri Tekakwitha – Lily of the Mohawks

Born: 1656 in Ossernenon, Iroquois Confederacy (present day Auriesville, New York) Died: April 17, 1680 in Kahnawake (near Montréal), Québec, Canada. Canonized: October 21, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI Feast Day: April 17th Patronage: Ecologists, ecology, environment, environmentalism, environmentalists, loss of parents, people in exile, people ridiculed for their piety, Native Americans. Attributes: Lily (symbol… Read More ›

“Fasting? What For?” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

With the season of Lent now upon us, it is important that we give some consideration to one of the imperatives Jesus left us for growing in holiness. In the well-known gospel passage from which we hear on Ash Wednesday, Jesus commands that we should perform prayer, fasting and almsgiving. People generally understand why intensifying… 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 ›

“Men of Prayer: Building an Interior Life” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

This talk was delivered to the Fr. Lacombe Men’s Guild as part of their monthly lecture series on matters pertaining to the Faith and spiritual development. Fr. Cristino discusses with the men gathered at this session the indispensable role that a personal prayer life plays in being good disciples as well as genuine spiritual leaders…. Read More ›

Will You Be Ready When Satan Comes Calling?

(Matthew 4:1-11) Every year around this time, the Church goes on a 40-day spiritual retreat that we call Lent. It’s a time of repentance and penance – a kind of ‘spring cleaning’ – that helps us to prepare for the coming of Easter. During Lent, we devote more time to prayer, penance, sacrifice, and good… Read More ›