Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] Scripture, faith, and life do not allow us to stay long in any one place. This pattern of change and growth is evident in the readings for today’s celebration. We pick […]



Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] What did Moses see when God passed before him? God came down in a cloud, but no description is given. The account related in the reading from Exodus takes place well […]


Pentecost

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] What one can readily sense in each of the readings for this Pentecost Sunday is the transformative effects of the Spirit-presence on individuals and the assembled church. It is a pure […]


Ascension Sunday

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] A statue of the resurrected Christ would appear in the sanctuary of the parish church after Easter. For the feast of the Ascension, billowing clouds of cotton batten would form the […]


Sixth Sunday of Easter

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] What is it that convinces us of the truth another speaks or convinces us of the credibility and authenticity of the person’s witness? Is it that we sense a deep-seated conviction, […]


Fifth Sunday of Easter

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] “The only constant in life is change.” We have heard this bit of proverbial wisdom and likely handed it on to others. Life, growth, and change are part of a cyclical […]


Art Review

The changing of the seasons ― the seasons of nature and the seasons of life ― such is the subject of two thoughtful Emmanuel articles by Peter Schineller, SJ. The first article appeared in the January/February 2017 issue of Emmanuel and it explored the spirituality, or rather, various “spiritualities” of winter and spring. In this […]


Fourth Sunday of Easter

[Excerpted from the May/June 2017 issue; by Barbara Shanahan, an alumna of CTU, who has led the Buffalo, New York, Catholic Bible Studies Program since 1992] The faith of the early church took shape gradually. Early Christians wrestled with understanding who Jesus was in ways that we do not. To find meaning, they looked to the tradition […]


Third Sunday of Easter

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] In this third week of Easter, the implications of the resurrection continue to unfold. In his Pentecost speech at the beginning of Acts, Peter affirms for the startled crowd that Jesus the Nazarene […]


Second Sunday of Easter (or Sunday of Divine Mercy)

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] The readings for the Second Sunday of Easter present us with three images of the fledgling church that emerged after the resurrection. Each reading illumines different aspects of our new life in Christ. […]


The Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Day

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] Now in Easter, we celebrate the resurrection of Christ – the vindication of God’s servant and Messiah and the promise of our own resurrection and life in the world the come. Christ is […]


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] On Passion Sunday, we are confronted with images of profound suffering and degradation. Yet from the midst of the pain and humiliation emerges an image of Christ – and thus the God he […]


Fifth Sunday of Lent

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] The story of the raising of Lazarus begins with an odd statement: “Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two […]


Fourth Sunday of Lent

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] So far this Lent many of the Sunday readings have focused on death and God’s promise of new life. Freedom from bondage to sin, fertility from barrenness, water in a rocky wilderness: these […]


Third Sunday of Lent

[Excerpted from the March/April 2017 issue; by John R. Barker, OFM, a Franciscan friar of the Province of Saint John the Baptist] This week we find ourselves with Israel in the wilderness after their deliverance from Egypt. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob has made good on the promise to deliver their children from […]


Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

[excerpted from the January/February 2017 issue; by Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA] The gospel instruction for today continues Jesus’ reinterpretation of the law. His pattern of speech testifies to this reinterpretation: “You have heard that it was said. . . . But I say to you. . . .” Today’s teaching focuses on our attitude toward other […]


Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[excerpted from the January/February 2017 issue; by Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA] Some people wrongly think that the New Testament contains teaching about love, while the Old Testament is primarily concerned with law. Actually, law is found in both Testaments, and it can only be accurately understood as a component of covenant.


Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

[excerpted from the January/February 2017 issue; by Sr. Dianne Bergant, CSA] Light is an elemental cosmic reality, cherished by all peoples. In many cultures, it is also a symbol of divine presence and a characterization of divine blessing. It is with this latter meaning that the image of light is employed in today’s readings. The psalm […]


Time to Say Goodbye!

With this column, it is time for me to say, “Adios!” I have now completed the Breaking the Word column for the entire three year liturgical cycle and am concluding on a note of gratitude. Firstly, I am grateful to our editor, Father Anthony Schueller, SSS, for the opportunity to write in these esteemed pages […]