The Beauty of the Human Person
… For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
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 Year 1, the 2008-09 liturgical year, Archbishop Smith invited us to pray and reflect on the mystery of the human person, created by God and saved in Jesus Christ. On this page you will find texts, videos and reflection questions for each encounter, all under the year's theme The Beauty of the Human Person.
Triumph of the Cross, September 14, 2008
Archbishop Richard Smith
My hope and prayer is that everyone in the Archdiocese will experience in these events a new and life-transforming encounter with Jesus Christ, who is always present whenever two or three gather in his name (cf. Matthew 18:20).
In the Image and Likeness of God
Friday, December 12, 2008
The Human Body in God's Creative Design
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Our New Life in Jesus Christ
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Towards a Culture of Life
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Catechist: Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap.
Our Trinitarian God, “ Father, Son and Spirit,“ calls us into a new and respectful relationship with each other, and with all of creation.
Video including both presenters (1:22:50)
Bishop Corriveau's presentation text (PDF)
Catechetical Focus by Archbishop Smith
Some suggested reflection questions
Witness: Patrick Stewart
There is nothing more beautiful, on this side of heaven, than a culture of life, and that kind of culture is guided by men and women who love God, their neighbours and themselves, in that order.
Patrick's presentation text (PDF)