Nothing More Beautiful
Nothing More Beautiful is a five-year process of
reflection and renewal in the Archdiocese of Edmonton, in which we are
invited to encounter anew the beauty of our faith and our own
relationship with Jesus Christ.
The focus of the initiative this year is a series of encounters that
combine music, prayer and speakers on the theme of The Beauty of
the Human Person.
At the February 12 encounter, more than 1,300 people heard two
inspiring presentations on the topic of The Human Body in God's
Design. Featured were Sister M. Timothy Prokes, F.S.E.,
professor of spirituality and theology at Christendom College in
Virginia, and Michael and Terese Ferri, a couple from Pembroke,
Ontario, who are popular presenters on the subject of family life.
If you couldn't make it to the Basilica for their presentations, you
can experience them by visiting our Video
You can also download full text of the presentations and some suggested
reflection questions from the Nothing
More Beautiful webpage -- just click on the image on the left.
Message of His Holiness Benedict XVI
for Lent 2009
fasted for forty days and forty nights,
and afterwards he was hungry" (Mt 4,1-2)
Dear Brothers and Sisters!
At the beginning of Lent, which
constitutes an itinerary of more intense spiritual training, the
Liturgy sets before us again three penitential practices that are very
dear to the biblical and Christian tradition – prayer, almsgiving,
fasting – to prepare us to better celebrate Easter and thus experience
God’s power that, as we shall hear in the Paschal Vigil, “dispels all
evil, washes guilt away, restores lost innocence, brings mourners joy,
casts out hatred, brings us peace and humbles earthly pride” (Paschal
Præconium). For this year’s Lenten Message, I wish to focus
my reflections especially on the value and meaning of fasting. Indeed,
Lent recalls the forty days of our Lord’s fasting in the desert, which
He undertook before entering into His public ministry. We read in the
Gospel: “Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be
tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and
afterwards he was hungry” (Mt 4,1-2). Like Moses, who fasted
before receiving the tablets of the Law (cf. Ex 34,28) and
Elijah’s fast before meeting the Lord on Mount Horeb (cf. 1 Kings 19,8),
Jesus, too, through prayer and fasting, prepared Himself for the
mission that lay before Him, marked at the start by a serious battle
with the tempter.
We might wonder what value and
meaning there is for us Christians in depriving ourselves of something
that in itself is good and useful for our bodily sustenance. Click
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