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

Tag: sacraments

“But was that really Mary?” Apparitions of Mary – Part II

In Part I of this article, we defined what an apparition is, discussed some of the issues surrounding the proliferation of these kinds of reports, and talked about when and how Our Blessed Lady has appeared. But just because someone claims to have seen Our Lady, how can we be certain it was really Mary?… Read More ›

“Smelling, Tasting & Touching God” – Homily by Fr. Cristino

This homily was preached at St. Albert the Great Parish, Calgary, on the occasion of the First Holy Communion of my goddaughter.  Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (Dt. 4: 32-34, 39-40; Rom. 8: 14-17; Mt. 28: 16-20) “Smelling, Tasting & Touching God” PDF Version

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 ›

An open letter to those who have left the Catholic Church…

I read on Facebook recently that a friend of a friend had left the Catholic Church. Now, I don’t even really know the guy, so I can’t say I understand his situation, but it made me sad that anyone – especially a young person – would have come to such a decision. I realize that… 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 ›

Part 5 “Cool-Down: Living the Life of Grace – Staying on Track” – Talk by Sharon van der Sloot

As we come to the final instalment of our ‘Ladies Spiritual Retreat Series’ focused on our ‘Being Fit for the Kingdom’, Sharon reminds us that “we are all “works” in progress. We’re not who we were yesterday, and we’re not yet who we’ll be tomorrow. We must place our trust in God, knowing that He wouldn’t… Read More ›

Pope Francis – Message for Lent 2015

“Make your hearts firm” (James 5:8) Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor 6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he… Read More ›

“Miracles of the Eucharist” – Talk by Fr. Cristino

The greatest gift our Lord left His Church was the enduring gift of His very self, truly, really and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist. Nothing could surpass the enormity of this sacrament, but miracles down through the ages have often been granted by God in order to bolster our faith. In this talk, delivered… Read More ›

When Two Become One: Living God’s Plan for Marriage

Growing up, one of my favorite games was The Game of Life. I loved getting my little car and filling it up with my husband and children, all the while making decisions about education, careers, houses, and the like. I guess it was so engaging because this is how I imagined my real life would… Read More ›

Going the Distance

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” – 2 Timothy 4:7 I was reading an article in the Running Room Magazine the other day. Now I’m not much of a runner, but I’ve really been enjoying getting outside in the mornings during these beautiful summer days…. Read More ›