Posts in the "A relationship with God" category

Human beings are spiritual beings. We were created with a deep desire in our hearts for God. Baptism is the sacrament that consecrates that desire, putting us in a direct relationship with God as adopted sons and daughters. Articles in these categories are meant to help people discover that call to a relationship with God. They help people respond to that call in baptism, whether by helping people come to the sacrament of baptism itself, or by helping people to rediscover their baptism by helping them to renew their relationship with God.

Mission at Corpus Christi parish

I recently preached a parish mission at Corpus Christi parish in the West Island. As promised, here are some downloads related to the event: The Story of Jesus, as found in the four canonical gospels and ordered as a continuous reading. Powerpoint slides Audio from a previous parish mission

Building a Culture of Vocations!

Building a Culture of Vocations is not about recruitment to ordained ministry or religious life but about exploring and responding to the call that God has placed in ones heart. This can only lead to fullness of life. Along with being named pastor of St. Willibrord’s parish last September, I have also been named co-vocations [...]

The Church in Africa in service to reconciliation, justice and peace

“You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world” (Mt 5: 13, 14) In keeping with the desires of the episcopate of Africa, the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, officially convoked the Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops, which is to take place in the Vatican [...]

The eucharist in the mission of marriage and the family

On September 11th and 12th 2009, a Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) two-day Eucharistic Congress took place from the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The Eucharistic Congress included talks by Cardinal Justin Rigali, Episcopal Liaison for the CMSWR and Cardinal Seán O’Malley, Chair of the [...]

Launch of the 2009-2010 youth pastoral year

When : 4 pm – 8 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2009 Where : Montreal Grand Seminary (2065 Sherbrooke St. West, near Metro Guy) Exposition of youth groups, movements and organizations Come share your photos, posters, audiovisual presentations of your group/movement or organization! This is a golden opportunity for your group to come and share [...]

Second volume of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ expected next spring

Pope Benedict XVI’s second volume on the life of Jesus is likely to be completed next spring, a Vatican spokes­man said. The book is expected to cover Christ’s childhood, Passion, death and resurrection. The first volume, “Jesus of Naz­areth,” was published in 2007. Father Federico Lombardi told Cath­o­lic News Service Sept. 13 that next spring [...]

Working to Lower the Divorce Rate

Marriage In U.S.A. one million children have their lives ripped apart annually, teenage pregnancy is all too common in our society, juvenile delinquency is rising at an alarming rate, and what is it that all of these social ills have in common? DIVORCE! And what is even worse is that we have began to accept [...]

Good Friday

According to the Church’s ancient tradition, the sacraments are not celebrated today. Instead the sacred liturgy proposes a three part celebration to commemorate the Lord’s Passion. In the first part, the Liturgy of the word, we read the holy scripture detailing the events and theology of Christ’s sacrifice. The Liturgy of the word however concludes [...]

Questions on the practice of Lent !

A friend has asked, what are we supposed to do during Lent? How is one to Fast? What is Ash Wednesday about and What particular things can one do for Lent? On matters of fasting and abstinence Ash Wednesday and Good Friday of the Easter Triduum are days of fasting and abstinence. Fasting consists of [...]

New theology course: Christian Understanding of God

I’ve begun teaching a course this term entitled the Christian Understanding of God (THEO 331). I’ve created a course web page for it, and those interested can find the course outline and related downloads on that site. I’ve also uploaded the first audio lectures from the course: Presentation of the course Course lecture, part 1 [...]