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Year 1 : 2008-09

The Beauty of the Human Person

… For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works.
(Ephesians 2:10)

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.

Introductory Homily

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

Catechist: Archbishop Richard Smith

The question of meaning in life; the question of human destiny; the hungers of the human heart for love, relationship, peace; the ultimate question of salvation: all find their answer or fulfilment in Jesus Christ.
Video including both presenters (58:54)
Archbishop's presentation text (PDF)
Catechetical Focus by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Some suggested reflection questions (PDF)


Witness: Lea Singh

There is something magnetically beautiful about the truth, and it draws us in. And once we take the Gospel seriously and read it as an account of our salvation, then just as happened to St. Paul in the Gospel, it's as if the scales fall from our eyes.

Lea's presentation text (PDF)

The Human Body in God's Creative Design

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Catechist: Sister Timothy Prokes

Only in Jesus Christ has the full potential of the human body been realized - exceedingly beautiful, beyond our limited understanding of beauty.

Video including both presenters (1:13:40)

Sister Timothy's presentation text (PDF)
Catechetical Focus by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Some suggested reflection questions (PDF)
Helpful Materials for further reflection (PDF


Witnesses: Mike and Terese Ferri

God is so gracious. He takes what we offer, little as it is, and He multiplies it as He did the loaves and the fishes, filling us with every good thing.

The Ferris' presentation text (PDF)

Our New Life in Jesus Christ

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Catechist: Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.

The Catholic faith is not simply a collection of doctrines and ideas, or a body of knowledge or even a system of beliefs, although all those things are important. At its root, Christianity is an experience; a life-changing, personal experience of the Risen Jesus Christ.
Video including both presenters (1:07:02)
Archbishop Chaput's presentation text (PDF)
Catechetical Focus by Archbishop Smith (PDF)
Some suggested reflection questions (PDF)



Witness: Mary Rose Bacani

I am deeply imperfect and yet greatly loved by God. I work towards becoming a Christ-centered person more and more each day, and I use every TV program and story I work on as an opportunity to share my faith with the world.

Mary Rose's presentation text (PDF)

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)