Third Sunday of Easter

THE NEW NORMAL By:  John Dalla Costa Often, the opposite of faith is not doubt, but normalcy. We see this in today’s scriptures. The elders and leaders in Jerusalem are eager to get all this Jesus-mess behind them. They want to restore the social order that existed

Fourth Sunday of Easter

OBEDIENCE by Lucinda M. Vardey One of the necessary commitments to leading a holy life is obedience. In a religious order obedience to one’s superiors is central to the health and stability of the community and the growth and freedom of its members.   But what about the rest

Second Sunday in Easter

THE DIVINE STORY THAT KEEPS US HUMAN By Leanna Cappiello I was standing in the vestibule on Easter Sunday after celebrating Mass, looking out at all the smiling faces, hearing even more laughter than the usual. Everyone was radiating joy. We are part of a vibrant community as

Easter Sunday 2016

THE ART OF CELEBRATION By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Today (Easter Sunday) marks the defining moment of our faith, our Church, our parish and our lives. Nothing is the same after the resurrection. Christ’s triumph is what separates Christianity from all other religions. Look closely at any

Palm Sunday 2016

A WEEK OF QUESTIONS By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB I have always thought that, spiritually speaking, we are at a disadvantage this week. We know how this week ends, which seems to take away much of the passion it contains. The challenge for each of us, then,

1st Sunday in Lent

DAYS OF TRAINING By:  John Dalla Costa When studying corporate scandals, my business students tend to look for some villainy as the root cause. There are, inevitably, individuals who operate with purposeful disregard for others, bordering on evil. But usually the failures of integrity are not so

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

ANOINTED WITH MERCY By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Our Gospel this Sunday picks up from last Sunday’s reading. After Jesus reads the Scroll of the Prophet Isaiah about the one who God has anointed to bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to the captives, recovery

The Epiphany of Our Lord

ENCOUNTERING JESUS by Lucinda M. Vardey It is understandable that the wise men, who had travelled so far on their ancient pilgrimage to give homage to the new born king, would be “overwhelmed with joy” when the star indicated they had arrived.   One could speculate the cause

The Feast of the Holy Family

WHOLLY FAMILY by John Dalla Costa My favourite image of the Holy Family is by the 14th century painter Giotto. In the flat style that preceded the Renaissance innovations with perspective, Giotto shows the prone Holy Mother reaching to lay the newly swaddled Jesus in a manger.