Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- On Friday,
October 19, 2012 about 30 Regnum Christi women members from
the Calgary area came together at Clear Water Academy for
a 2-day mini-convention. The group reflected on marriage,
faith and finances and on the four pillars of integral
That evening the women were “held captive” by the inspiring
story of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, learning how this humble
servant of God developed the intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic
pillars throughout his life.
“His perseverance, passion and obedience to the
will of God and His love of souls brought tears
to our eyes,” said Michelle Hoffman, an RC member who
attended the event. “He left us with this
amazing legacy, and his impact has reached the far corners
of the world.”
On Saturday, after a beautiful Mass celebrated by
Fr. John Gannon, LC, the group enjoyed coffee and breakfast
goodies before listening to the speakers for the day.
Fr. John opened by reminding the women of the
tremendous gift of faith given to us by our Heavenly
Father and how that faith allows God to work through
us. He spoke of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily
given during the Synod of Bishops concerning the joy of
living the Catholic faith, and discussed Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Synod
address on confession as the sacrament of new evangelization.
Sophie Blais-Yalbir, a Regnum Christi member and financial expert,
walked the listeners through individual money profiles. She
said an understanding of one’s own temperament can help people
make more sound decisions about money.
|Fr. John Gannon, LC, reminded the women of the tremendous gift of faith from God|
us of what our parents had always taught us about
money,” said Michelle. “She said because money is something we
need to live, we should pray about what we will
do with it and the decisions we make.”
Sophia reminded the
group of Bible passages urging good stewardship with one’s financial
gifts, and warned her listeners not to let money become
an idol. She highlighted professionals who can help
with financial decisions and gave some practical strategies for children
to learn to manage their money.
After lunch, Sarah Oryschak,
a Regnum Christi consecrated women, helped the audience learn to
eliminate negative thoughts. Using the analogy of eradicating an infestation
of ants, she taught the group how to “stamp” out
such thoughts, while developing positive thoughts and speech patterns.
“Always challenge the ANT because whatever you hold in
your mind will tend to occur in your life,” she
said. “Positive thoughts lead to positive living. If you want different results in your life or
your work, change your mind.”
RC member Tracy Tomiak used her
marriage counseling skills to challenge the audience to live God’s
plan for a “sacred, redemptive, divine, uniting, and life-giving marriage.”
She referenced the book The
Exceptional 7%: The Nine Secrets of the World’s Happiest Couples by author Gregory Popcak. Acknowledging the wealth
of experience of the ladies present, Tracy invited them to
share some of the ways they live their marriages successfully.
“We could have sat much longer to hear
more about living fruitful marriages that are all about making
us holy,” said Michelle.