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

Tag: Repentance

“Another Chance at Greatness” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was delivered on a visit to St. Peter’s Parish, Calgary. 5th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Lk. 5: 1-11) “Another Chance at Greatness” PDF Version

“A Dangerous Land for a Dangerous Man” – Homily by Fr. Nathan

2nd Sunday of Advent (Mk 1:1-8) “A Dangerous Land for a Dangerous Man” PDF Version Homily for the 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B (2017): Mk 1:1-8 Christians have been making pilgrimages to the Holy Land since the birth of our Church at Pentecost. As Christianity spread beyond the city of Jerusalem and the nation… Read More ›

St. John the Baptist

Born: Late 1st Century BC (Judea) Died: AD 31-36 Canonized: Pre-Congregation Proclaimed Doctor of the Church: 1720, by Pope Clement XI Feast Day: June 24 (Birth) and August 29th (Beheading) Attributes: Camel-skin robe, cross, lamb, scroll with words “Ecce Agnus Dei”, platter with own head, pouring water from hands or scallop shell   Prophecy spoken 500 years before the birth… Read More ›

40 Days for Life

“Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right… Read More ›

“Have you seen her?” Apparitions of Mary – Part I

The convent of the Daughters of Charity at Rue du Bac, 140 in Paris was darkened the night of July 18th, 1830, when suddenly one of the postulants was awakened by a child’s voice. “Sister, Sister, Sister Catherine!” the voice called. The young woman sat up, rubbed her eyes, and pushed aside the net curtain… Read More ›

How Mary Helped Me Win the Lottery

For me, becoming Catholic was like winning the lottery. I’m not trying to be poetic or overly sentimental about my faith when I say that. To be sure, it is a treasure beyond compare, but that’s not what I’m really getting at. Rather the odds of it occurring at all – the particular circumstances and… 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 ›

Baptism – More Than Just a Piece of Cake

(Mt 3:13-17) Baptism is the one sacrament that all Christian denominations have in common. Instituted by Jesus on the banks of the River Jordan, His baptism prefigured our own. Jesus did not ask John to baptize Him because He needed to repent or convert; He did it because it is necessary for us. By humbly… Read More ›

Turn Back to God!

(Matthew 3:1-12)  How easy it would have been for the people of Jesus’ day to dismiss John the Baptist as a wild, raving lunatic.  With his clothing of camel’s hair, the long, crazy beard, and his habit of living on locusts and wild honey out in the desert, he must have been a sight to… Read More ›

Seeking the Narrow Door

(Luke 13:22-30) When I was a teenager, I had a very ambivalent attitude towards God.  Although I definitely wanted to spend eternity in heaven, I didn’t want anyone – not even God – telling me how I should live my life here on earth.  I saw faith in God as a set of rules and… Read More ›