Third Sunday of Advent

 IN THESE DARK NIGHTS by Lucinda M. Vardey If it weren’t a Sunday, December 14th would ordinarily be the feast of Spanish mystic and Doctor of the Church, St. John of the Cross. His spirit, however, seems to be embedded in the scripture for today with the

Second Sunday of Advent

THE PATIENCE TO HEED By John Dalla Costa Good intentions were not enough. A group of us, including Jewish, Christian, and Muslim scholars, had gathered in Amman, Jordan for dialogue. Our aim was to provide theological support for economic cooperation between the splintered communities in the Middle

Solemnity of Christ the King

KINGS AND SHEPHERDS I have to admit that I usually find the Solemnity of Christ the King a bit too triumphalistic for my taste; however, this year, I just adore the readings the accompany this celebration. Our first reading comforts us with a promise that the Lord

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

WHAT ARE YOUR GIFTS? By Louella D'Souza Dan had had enough. He walked out of his cubicle one day and decided that he would never work as an accountant again. While he was good at his job, he felt called to make a bigger impact. After the

Commemoration of All Souls

WHAT WE CANNOT SEE  By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB As an early teenager, I took on my first real job at a cemetery near to my house. The funeral home was owned and operated by family friends who were also parishioners at the church. While I admit

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

THREE-WAY EMBRACE By:  Lucinda M. Vardey As Christians we are inclined to believe that loving God and our neighbour is to do something for another, or a number of things for a number of people. Yet, if we reflect on Jesus’ words in today’s gospel there is

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

HOLY AS WHOLLY By John Dalla Costa Many of us live fissured lives. Even while aching for faith’s consolations, we often undertake everyday studies or work as if what we do is separate from whom we are. Laura Nash and Scotty McLennan examined this split in their