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Year 4: 2011-12

Transformed by Grace:
The Beauty of Discipleship

“It is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me."
(Galatians 2:20 )

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, all meant to draw us to a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and a renewed appreciation of our beautiful Catholic faith.

In our fourth year of Nothing More Beautiful, the 2011-12 liturgical year, we will consider the life of Christian discipleship from the following perspectives: the call to holiness; the centrality of the Word of God in the life of the disciple; the wonder of the sacraments as occasions of encounter with the mercy of God; the beauty of the moral life; and our eternal destiny. On this page you will find texts, videos, podcasts and reflection questions for each encounter, all under the year's theme "Transformed by Grace: the Beauty of Discipleship." 

The Call to Holiness

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Catechist: Archbishop Richard Smith

Video of both presenters (1:17:57)
Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)

Audio of both presenters (MP3)

Archbishop Smith's presentation text (PDF)
David's presentation text (PDF)

 

Witness: David Wells

 

 

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)

 

 

 The Splendour of God's Word

Friday, December 9, 2011

Catechist: Bishop Murray Chatlain,
Diocese of Mackenzie-Fort Smith

Video of both presenters

Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)

Audio of both presenters (MP3)

Bishop Chatlain's presentation text (PDF)

Sister Eileen's presentation text (PDF)

 

 

Witness: Sister Eileen Schuller, OSU

 

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (video)

 

 

The Wonder of the Sacraments

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Catechist: Bishop Donald Bolen
Diocese of Saskatoon   

Bishop Bolen's presentation text (PDF)

Video of both presenters

Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)

Watch this space for:
Bishop Bolen Audio (MP3)
Teresa Kellendonk Audio (MP3)

 

 

Witness: Teresa Kellendonk

Teresa's presentation text (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (video)

 The Beauty of the Moral Life

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Catechist: Archbishop Gérald Lacroix
Archdiocese of Quebec

Archbishop Lacroix's presentation text (PDF)

Video of both presenters

Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)
Archbishop Lacroix Audio (MP3)
Moira McQueen Audio (MP3)

 

Witness: Moira McQueen

Moira's presentation text (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (Video)
 

  

 Our Eternal Destiny

Thursday, May 10, 2012 

Catechist: Cardinal Donald Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington

Cardinal Wuerl's presentation text (PDF)

Video of both presenters
 

Beauty in Brief (Short video clips with reflection questions)

 

 

Witness: Dr. José Pereira

José's presentation text (PDF)

Catechetical Reflection by Archbishop Smith (PDF)