15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

SOWING OUR GARDENS In this week's Gospel, Jesus speaks of the parable of the sower while reminding us the need for parables as a form of instruction.  So I thought I would tell a story of my own: Ester lived at the corner of the block and

Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul

HELP FROM THE HEAVENS….. by Lucinda M. Vardey Saints Peter and Paul have left us numerous gifts of direction, knowledge, understanding and hope. One of these gifts is Peter’s acknowledgment of the fullness of who Jesus is “..the Christ, the Son of the living God.”Jesus responds that

Pentecost Sunday

COME HOLY SPIRIT! By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB Today marks the great Feast of Pentecost. Spiritually, it is one of the great three feasts of the year alongside Christmas and Easter. It is the birthday of the Church; the day we receive all that we need to

The Ascension of the Lord

CREATING AN AUTHENTIC CULTURE OF ENCOUNTER By Emily VanBerkum To celebrate World Communications Day, Pope Francis published a message for the faithful of today’s technologically advanced, globalized world. He insists that communications technology and the media have great potential to create an authentic culture of encounter. Just

Sixth Sunday of Easter

THE INNER ABIDING By Lucinda M. Vardey In today’s gospel Jesus teaches us how a commitment to a loving relationship with the Trinity offers us the opportunity to experience the inner presence of God. This presence is made possible by the Divine embrace between him and the

Fifth Sunday of Easter

THE THINKING HEART By:  John Dalla Costa St. Paul’s audacious commission links and unlocks today’s readings. “You are a chosen race,” he writes, “ a royal priesthood, a consecrated nation.” Trained as Pharisee, Peter transposed a concept from Exodus, when the people of Israel were declared

Fourth Sunday of Easter

SHE CREATES ROOM IN OUR HEART By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB According to Church tradition, this weekend is known as “Good Shepherd Sunday” since our readings speak of the shepherd hears the voice of the sheep. As a result, it is also a time when the homily