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Year 3: 2010-11

The Beauty of Life in Communion

“God’s own People ”
(1 Peter 2.9)

Nothing More Beautiful is the name Archbishop Richard Smith has given to a five-year initiative in service of the New Evangelization. His inspiration came from the words of Pope Benedict XVI during the homily for his inaugural Mass in 2005: "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ."

The focus of Nothing More Beautiful is a series of evening encounters that combine music, prayer and speakers at St. Joseph's Basilica, all meant to draw us to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and a renewed appreciation of our beautiful Catholic faith.

In our third year of Nothing More Beautiful, the 2010-11 liturgical year, we explore the beauty of our communion in Jesus Christ, reflecting upon our credal proclamation of the Church as one, holy, catholic and apostolic. On this page you will find texts, videos, podcasts and reflection questions for each encounter, all under the year's theme The Beauty of Life in Communion.

The Church We Believe in is One


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Catechist: Archbishop Richard Smith

God has an intention for the world, a purpose so important that, for its accomplishment, God sent his Son and Holy Spiriit. What is that plan? God has chosen to reveal it to us, Paul says. It is to "gather us," to bring together, all things in Jesus Christ. God's plan is one of communion, a uniting of all things in his Son.
Video including both presenters
Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)
Archbishop Smith Audio (MP3)
Julien Hammond Audio (MP3)
Archbishop Smith's presentation text (PDF)
Julien's presentation text (PDF)
 

 

Witness: Julien Hammond

This is my witness: that we all need each other in the one community of faith to help us to know Jesus more fully and to learn the true meaning of the Gospel. And we are all needed in the one community of faith to show forth God's radiance more fully.

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Bulletin Reflections (PDF)
Short reflections excerpted from the presentations, suitable for use in parish bulletins and newsletters, at gatherings or retreats, or as individual exercises.

 

 The Church We Believe in is Holy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Catechist: Bishop Douglas Crosby

The Church is holy because she is loved by the Lord; we are the Lord's. By following in His way, surrounded by brothers and sisters, we share in that holiness. ...The source of all holiness is God. God's holiness is expressed and experienced in and through the Church - in and through us, as we respond to the blessings and challenges of life.
Video including both presenters
Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)
Bishop Crosby Audio (MP3)
Agnes Bedard Audio (MP3)
Bishop Crosby's presentation text (PDF)
Agnes's presentation text (PDF)

 

Witness: Agness Bedard

Jesus is our Companion and life is a journey and He invites us to walk with Him, to be light, to show His love to everyone we meet, to make a difference and continue to make that difference every day. I seek His face, I am aware of His presence and I strive to grow in holiness.

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Bulletin Reflections (PDF)
Short reflections excerpted from the presentations, suitable for use in parish bulletins and newsletters, at gatherings or retreats, or as individual exercises.

 

The Church We Believe in is Catholic


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Catechist: Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga

Christ founded the Church for the salvation of the human race. He established it so that it might preserve His revelation, and dispense His grace to all nations. Hence it was necessary that it should be found in every land, proclaiming His message to all men and women, and communicating to them the means of grace.
Video including both presenters
Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)
Cardinal Maradiaga Audio (MP3)
Lesley-Anne Knight Audio (MP3)
Cardinal Maradiaga's resentation text (PDF)
Lesley-Anne's presentation text (PDF)

 

Witness: Lesley-Anne Knight

At a time when the actions of our Church are subject to rigorous scrutiny, it is all too easy to feel persecuted and want to withdraw into ourselves. But this is precisely the time when we need to embrace the wider world and humbly seek to work towards greater harmony and understanding.
Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Bulletin Reflections
Short reflections excerpted from the presentations, suitable for use in parish bulletins and newsletters, at gatherings or retreats, or as individual exercises.

 The Church We Believe in is Apostolic


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Catechist: Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.

For the Church to be apostolic means to be united in Jesus Christ, the cornerstone, through the apostles, who are its foundations. ... Some scholars say that Jesus didn't intend to found anything. Christ announced the kingdom of God, they say ironically, and what followed was the Church. But this is contradicted by the very fact that Jesus during his life elected the Twelve, for this clearly shows that he intended his work and mission to continue in history after his death.
Video including both presenters
Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)
Father Cantalamessa Audio (MP3)
MacDonnells Audio (MP3)
Father Cantalamessa's presentation text (PDF)
MacDonnells' presentation text (PDF)

 

Witnesses: Cam and Nadine MacDonnell

We cannot speak to you of great miracles, of being knocked down by light, speaking in tongues or having visions. Our experience of Christ's friendship and love is quite regular and beautiful ‒ it is through attending Mass, sharing our faith with friends, through family, the sacraments and a quiet stillness that comes for fleeting moments when we are able to quiet the noise of our lives enough to hear it ...

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Bulletin Reflections 
Short reflections excerpted from the presentations, suitable for use in parish bulletins and newsletters, at gatherings or retreats, or as individual exercises