Entries by Michael Pirri

Prepare the Way of the Lord!

Prepare the Way of the Lord! by Jessica De Luca Advent is a time of preparing – preparing to celebrate the coming of the Lord. If you are like me, a staple in preparing for any event in life begins with making a to-do list; Christmas is no exception. I am always sure to have […]

The Threefold Coming of Christ

The Threefold Coming of Christ by Erica Tice Today the Church begins its new year with the First Sunday of Advent. Coming only a week after the glory of the Solemnity of Christ, King of the Universe, we are given a solemn reminder to watch and wait expectantly for the Lord. What are we watching […]

Use it or Lose it

Use it or lose it by Michael Pirri Every time I meet with an individual who is interested in volunteering, I start out by getting to know what they like doing in their spare time. What is it that they are passionate about, or that they enjoy doing the most? We are quite fortunate that […]

BYE … FOR NOW

Bye…For Now by Fr. Morgan V. Rice, CSB One of the most difficult things about having visits from my family and close friends is their departure. It is always so good to see them and spend quality time with them; however, after they leave, there is an emptiness that results even though I am confident […]

How God Works

How God Works by Lucinda M. Vardey In Matthew’s gospel Jesus explains that the grace of God usually works in paradox. One of these is turning around the emphasis of external desires, positioning, privilege, and being honoured by others. Jesus’ way leads not so much to an egoless state of being (the sort of humility […]

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 […]