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Beauty in Brief: The Church We Believe in is One

"Beauty in Brief" is a series of video clip excerpts from the Nothing More Beautiful presentations made at St. Joseph's Basilica on October 21, 2010.  We offer them for use as short reflections. Each clip concludes with a few questions you may wish to consider.

Nothing More Beautiful was produced in partnership with Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, a registered charity devoted to spreading the light of Christ through media.


Archbishop Richard Smith: The Promise of a Covenant (4:25)

  • What is a covenant?
  • What key moments have marked my covenant relationship with God?
  • Do I respond with "free self-surrender and obedience of faith" to the covenant promise? Where do I still rebel against God's plan for me?

Archbishop Richard Smith: Credo Ecclesiam (1:33)

  • What does this mean to me?
  • How and why would I like to "tinker" with the Church?
  • What would I do differently if I truly received the Church as gift?

Archbishop Richard Smith: Spiritual Diet (2:46)

  • Am I taking time to consider what is healthy for my soul and what is not?
  • How am I nourishing my soul?
  • How and where do I feed my soul with toxic sludge rather than healthy soul food?

Julien Hammond: Domestic Church (2:59)

  • Who is my family? Is family found in my parish, my community, my workplace?
  • When I am frustrated with my parish/family/community, do I work to resolve issues, do I endure, or do I simply move on to another one?
  • How/where have I learned lasting lessons in Christian unity?

Julien Hammond: All is Not Difference (3:49)

  • What does it mean to be a Christian by choice?
  • Have I experienced the sacred in the student/teacher relationship?
  • How have I grown spiritually through an encounter with someone from a different faith tradition?

Julien Hammond: Interior Conversion (1:47)

  • Am I a force for unity in my family/parish/workplace/community, or a force for division?
  • What can I do to convert the wayward sinner in me?
  • How do I look inward to find the plank in my eye, rather than the splinters in theirs?