First Sunday of Lent

INTO THE WILDERNESS By Emily VanBerkum This past Wednesday, our parish’s Catechumens and Candidates (those preparing to receive the Sacraments of Initiation during the Easter Vigil) assembled on Ash Wednesday for a special scripture reading exercise of Matthew 4: 1-11, Jesus’ temptation in the desert. We

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

STEWARDS OF GOD’S MYSTERIES By Lucinda M. Vardey Today’s readings are full of predominantly feminine expressions and understandings. Isaiah refers to God’s care and compassion for us as being like a mother’s. The psalm reflects a similar maternal theme of the soul waiting patiently in silence,

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

A HARD GOSPEL FOR HARD TIMES By John Dalla Costa Jesus’ most challenging teaching is also his most essential: to love our enemies. With the vitriol in today’s politics, and so much hate in our culture, we are forced to confront both the implausibility of such

Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

CELEBRATING THE GIFT OF RELATIONSHIP By Fr. Chris Valka, CSB In our Gospel today, Jesus tells us that unless our righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and the Pharisees, we will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Righteousness is best understood as “right relationship”. In other

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

LETTING YOUR LIGHT SHINE By M.J. Santa Ana Jesus says to “let your light shine before human beings, so that they may give glory to your Father in heaven.” Our light shines when we do a good thing out of a sincere concern for the needs

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

HAVING AN EPIPHANY By Lisa Fernandes Today is the fourth Sunday after Epiphany. Epiphany has three meanings. The first meaning when capitalized, refers to the twelfth day of Christmas (January 6th observed January 8th this year) in the Western Catholic Church and is a Feast

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

UNITE AND CONQUER By Tina Sibbald In 1 Corinthians, Paul appeals to the people to be in agreement and not allow divisions among themselves. At first glance, one might think he is advocating for an opinion-free body, devoid of free will. But when one thinks about

The Epiphany of the Lord

GOD’S SELF-REVELATION By Emily VanBerkum The jubilation of Christmas Day does not end on December 25. In fact, so often, in the hustle and bustle of vacation plans, family gatherings, and boxing week shopping, we neglect to observe the entirety of the infancy narrative as it

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

THE HEART OF MARY By Lucinda M. Vardey Today’s scripture recounts Mary’s reaction to the words the shepherds heard from the angels, that she treasured and pondered them in her heart. During our parish’s Magdala seminar on feminine theology in Rome last year, French theologian, Anne-Marie Pelletier, helped