Entries by Michael Pirri

ABSOLUTES

Absolutes by Lisa Fernandes “Nothing is certain except death and taxes” as Benjamin Franklin said, referring humorously to secular absolute truths. In today’s readings, though, we hear about absolute truths according to God. In the first, we hear the absolute that there is one God: “I am the Lord, and there is no other; besides […]

Happy Feastday!

Happy Feastday! by John Dalla Costa Life-long Catholics who volunteer for the R.C.I.A. program at St. Basil’s usually feel that they receive so much more than they give. As catechumens and candidates make their journey towards Christ, we who accompany them inevitably see our faith with fresh eyes. Once the Easter Vigil draws near, the […]

FRUIT OF THE VINE

Fruit of the Vine by Michael Pirri In last week’s Gospel reading, we heard the parable of the man with two sons, both of whom get sent out to work in the vineyard. Again, in the first reading and psalm today, we hear about the vineyard. This marks the third week in a row where […]

TESTING MIND AND HEART

TESTING MIND AND HEART by Lucinda M. Vardey The readings for this Sunday turn what our cultures consider normal or usual to the obscure ways of God, always a mystery to our human reasoning. We are told by Isaiah to seek God while God may be found: from the psalm that God’s presence is near, […]

FORGIVENESS

FORGIVENESS by Lisa Fernandes “To err is human, to forgive divine” as Alexander Pope wrote. Today’s readings capture this difficult path we all have to travel. We want to be forgiven our human transgressions, as difficult as it is for us to forgive others. As in the first reading: “Forgive your neighbour the wrong that […]

NAVIGATING CONFLICT

NAVIGATING CONFLICT by Elizabeth Chesley-Jewell Anyone that knows me well knows that I am not comfortable with confrontation and conflict. But I know that I am not alone; the self-help section of Indigo assures me of this. In our Gospel today it appears that Jesus Christ himself was quite aware that managing conflict requires a […]

WE ARE PETER

WE ARE PETER By John Dalla Costa I love St. Peter. He’s like George Costanza on Seinfeld — always wrong, and never quite learning the wisdom of only trusting the reverse of what he thinks is right. Whenever Peter is a part of a gospel story, I feel great pathos for his fierce faith. Yet […]

A House for All Peoples

A HOUSE FOR ALL PEOPLES By Father Morgan V. Rice, CSB The first reading from Isaiah ends with the Lord’s saying, “My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples” (56:7). The psalm echoes that notion of all people offering prayer to God in the response, “Let the peoples praise you, O […]

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION

FEAST OF THE TRANSFIGURATION By Lisa Fernandes Today we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. This is an ancient feast that was gradually introduced into the Western Church, and made a universal feast by Pope Callistus III in 1457. It celebrates Christ’s glorious transformation before several Apostles. Just prior to the Transfiguration […]