"By the grace of God and thanks to the listening ears of a good friend, I turned a corner and my faith was strengthened."...

"A quote on the back cover states: “A book that will give light and strength, even to those who find themselves unable to follow its difficult path.” (Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker) "...

In the eyes of the world, I probably look like I’ve received more than enough: I work as an executive for a technology firm in Toronto, live a comfortable life, own properties, I’m surrounded by a supportive group of friends, and volunteer part-time for my local parish. To some, this might seem like a good lifestyle in the context of Canadian society: going through the motions, entertained, helping out a bit, without feeling really moved by the depth of the pain that our world is in. The experience of my first semester at Regis College in Toronto, Canada, has further pushed me to further realize that neither the job nor the money nor my relationships bring true peace if I do not live them for the greater good of others and in God; if I do not listen to His voice and get behind Christ’s project. The “Christ Project” is a concept embraced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin in his book The Divine Milieu. According to de Chardin, God’s plan is not just for each human being to be “saved,” but also that we humans, working together as a collective of bodies and souls, would contribute in the creative work of a universal good. This project “encompasses the entire evolving universe and it aims to bring creation (along with all of us) back to God, fully conscious of our divine origin and divine destiny.” More specifically, I have been moved by the situations of social injustice covered throughout several of the classes. For instance, learning about the generosity of those who have “the least," such as Teresita de Jesus, one of the thousands of Guatemalan refugees in Canada, touched my heart. Moreover, it brought a significant sense of guilt. Like many, she lived paycheck to paycheck, working two jobs, supporting her son. And she still...

"I believe that one day all Christians will proudly exclaim without hesitation that we have a Father in Heaven, a Brother in Christ, a Holy Spirit to guide us and a Mother in Mary who can teach us how to grow closer to the Trinity."...

"Jesus’s baptism began a new creation story for the world and for each of us. At that moment Jesus begins to bring order out of the chaos of our sins."...

"The giving tradition was rolling along until I hit a major road block, ill health. Then there was a role reversal. Instead of being the giver, I became the receiver. That was foreign to me."...

"Despite the various distinctions, we know that there are interconnections between the various types of love. I like the beautiful scene in Les Misérables when Jean Valjean says, “To love another person is to see the face of God”"...

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