Nothing More Beautiful: Towards a Culture of Life | Late May 2009

The final encounter for the first year of Nothing More Beautiful was held May 21st (broadcast at the end of May) focusing on the theme of Towards a Culture of Life. The head of the diocese of Nelson, British Columbia, Bishop John Corriveau, OFM Cap, provided the catechesis. Originally from small-town Ontario, Bishop Corriveau has acted as the worldwide leader of the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. While serving the poor in Toronto, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to shepherd Catholics in the beautiful Okanagan and Kootenay regions of British Columbia. Bishop Corriveau spoke of God as relational – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Created in the image and likeness of God we are called into relationships with others. Using life issues such as abortion and euthanasia, he emphasized that our relationships can not be one of domination or subordination -- with people or with our environment -- and that we must remember the poor and suffering. The witness talk was given by Patrick Stewart, the director of Marian Centre, a Madonna House apostolate, in Edmonton. Patrick discussed how God continually reached out to him, even after he repeatedly turned away. His witness was powerful, moving, honest, and engaging as he explained why we should all strive to be "third," placing God "first" and our neighbour "second."


Nothing More Beautiful: Our New Life in Jesus Christ | Early May 2009

The third Nothing More Beautiful encounter, held on April 30th (broadcast in May), explored the theme of Our New Life in Jesus Christ. The spiritual leader of Denver, Colorado, Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap, provided the catechesis talk. A member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, Archbishop Chaput is a celebrated author - his latest work "Render Unto Caesar: Serving the Nation by Living our Catholic Beliefs in Political Life." Archbishop Chaput emphasized that we cannot be 'halfway' Christians, but must fully live a new life in Christ. A familiar face to Salt + Light Television viewers provided the witness talk. Producer Mary Rose Bacani reflected on three powerful calls she experienced in life that drew her deeper into her faith and deeper into her relationship with the Lord.


Nothing More Beautiful: The Human Body in God’s Creative Design | February 2009

The second installment of Nothing More Beautiful, held February 12th, explored the theme The Human Body in God’s Creative Design.  The catechesis talk was given by Sister Timothy M. Prokes, F.S.E.  A Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist, Sister Prokes is a frequent lecturer throughout Canada and the United States on the themes of theology of the body, bioethical issues, and the spiritual life.  The witness talk was given by Michael and Terese Ferri.  This Pembroke, Ontario couple have 14 children – with six grandchildren on the way!  They reflected on how the Gospel message, particularly expressed in the Theology of the Body, has guided and influenced their lives.


Nothing More Beautiful: In the Image and Likeness of God | December 2008

Over 14-hundred people packed St. Joseph’s Basilica in Edmonton on December 2008, for the premier evening of Nothing More Beautiful. The overall theme of this year’s talks is The Beauty of the Human Person, Created by God and Saved in Jesus Christ, and the focus of this evening’s talks was In the Image and Likeness of God.

Season 2

Jesus Christ: Word of God Made Flesh
Catechist: Most Rev. Richard Smith, Archbishop of Edmonton
Witness: Lydia Cristini, teacher

Jesus Christ: The Way, the Truth and the Life
Catechist: Most Rev. Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto
Witness: Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV

Jesus Christ: Lamb of God and Bread of Life
Catechist: Most Rev. Gary Gordon, Bishop of Whitehorse
Witness: Sister Annata Brockman, SC

Jesus Christ: Crucified and Risen Lord
Catechist: Most Rev. J. Michael Miller, CSB, Archbishop of Vancouver
Witness: George Weigel, author

Jesus Christ: Revelation of the Trinity
Catechist: Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Archbishop of Quebec
Witness: Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus

For more information on Nothing More Beautiful, including video and text of the talks, visit the Archdiocese of Edmonton’s Nothing More Beautiful webpage HERE.

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