Entries by Michael Pirri

Letting Go

Letting Go by Michael Pirri “…unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and it dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. […] Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honour.” […]


Signs by Lisa Fernandes Today’s readings, on the third Sunday of Lent, are about signs and symbols of God. The first reading is about a physical symbol of God’s word, in this case the stone tablets of the Ten Commandments which were “…written with the finger of God” (Exodus 31:18) In the Second Commandment we […]

The Pledge of Future Glory

The Pledge of Future Glory by Erica Tice Each year the 2nd Sunday of Lent presents us with the account of Christ’s transfiguration on the mountainside. Seeing as the Lenten season has just begun, it seems to be an interesting vignette in the life of Christ to be recalling when, ordinarily, we might think that […]

Field Hospital

Field Hospital by John Dalla Costa Pope Francis often describes the church as a “field hospital.” The world’s wounds are not of tangential concern to the church. They are its holy mission. Indeed, evangelization is empty without attending to both the causes and aftermaths of those injuries that effect the health of body, mind, heart […]


Hope by Lisa Fernandes Today’s readings are about hope. Job is a man who exemplifies suffering. He is subjected to many trials and tribulations and in the first reading we feel his misery when he appeals to us by saying: “My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle, and come to their end without hope. […]

Are You Listening?

Are You Listening? by Jessica De Luca Following the Epiphany of our Lord, our weekly readings have reminded us that God speaks to each one of us. You may recall the story of Samuel hearing the voice of the Lord, or Jesus calling his disciples in Galilee. Entering now the fourth week of Ordinary Time, […]

The Hallmarks of Intentional Personal Discipleship

The Hallmarks of Intentional Personal Discipleship by Erica Tice Ordinary time begins with the calling of the first Apostles. This is not a coincidence. Ordinary time signifies the period of time in the liturgical year which is set aside for spiritual growth, hence the vibrant green of the vestments, chalice veils, and votive candles. As […]

Responding to God’s Call

Responding to God’s Call by Lucinda M. Vardey As we enter more fully into the New Year, and settle into what the Church calls “Ordinary Time” we are given the opportunity to hone our prayer life and begin again with God. God can call us at any time. In fact, it is usually within the […]

Gold, Frankincense, Me & You

Gold, Frankincense, Me & You by John Dalla Costa Make a trek today With willing heart follow the star Behold the light, laser-like illuminating the Child Come let us bring our gifts In a heartbeat of silence Ponder the Presence Bask in the Child’s glow Touch tenderly His tiny fingers Caress with Mother Mary His […]

Joy in the Family

Joy in the Family by Fr. Norm Tanck, CSB The Gospel for this weekend’s Feast of the Holy Family ends by telling us that, “When Mary and Joseph had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled […]