From the Editor – July/August 2015

The book Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, A Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lessons touched the popular imagination and became an intergenerational hit a dozen years ago. It told the story of an enduring friendship between two men at very different points in life’s journey as they conversed about some of the great themes […]


From the Editor – May/June 2015

Some years ago, I presided at the funeral of a longtime parishioner. The moment I remember most from the Mass is when a young man came forward in a wheelchair to proclaim the New Testament reading. He began: “We know that all things work for good for those who love God, who are called according […]




From the Editor – November/December 2014

The celebration of the Eucharist incorporates many elements, we are told in Chapter II of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, among which are the spoken and sung word, sacred gestures, and periods of silence. All of these “contribute to making the entire celebration resplendent with beauty and noble simplicity, so that the true […]


From the Editor – September/October 2014

I recently spent some time at my order’s Generalate in Rome. Being in Rome is always special. The city is filled with magnificent churches, hallowed archeological sites, great restaurants, and friendly people. Everywhere we turned this time, it seemed, there were copies and representations of Pope Francis’ pectoral cross, available in every price range and […]


From the Editor – May/June 2014

Canonizations, like flowers, sometimes come in bunches. For example, groups of martyrs. On December 9, 1963, the day after the close of the opening session of the Second Vatican Council, Pope John XXIII canonized three saints, among them Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868), the Apostle of the Eucharist who founded two religious congregations dedicated to promoting […]


From the Editor – March/April 2014

How much do Americans spend annually on staying fit? The figure is astronomical―in excess of $60 billion on weight-loss programs and products, health club memberships, gyms, diet drinks, and supplements. According to data from the International Monetary Fund, the economies of 100 countries did not produce in 2012 what we put out each year to […]