From the Editor – July/August 2017

In Evangelii Gaudium, his November 2013 apostolic exhortation on the Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis sets forth a very clear vision of Christian service: “The Gospel tells us constantly to run the risk of a face-to-face encounter with others, with their physical presence which challenges us, with their pain and their pleas, with their […]


From the Editor – May/June 2017

The first months of the Trump era have been “interesting.” Political rumblings emanate almost daily from Washington as the new national leadership attempts to define and implement a very different vision and priorities for the country. Among the things we have learned about the 45th President ― apart from his penchant for “tweetstorms,” governance by […]


From the Editor – March/April 2017

The church where I served for ten years as pastor in New York City regularly included Tenebrae in its Good Friday schedule. Early in the evening, as darkness fell, the pews filled with people who came to participate in this reflective service from the Church’s monastic tradition. Tenebrae, Latin for “shadows” or “darkness,” consists of […]



From the Editor – November/December 2016

Thank you for subscribing to Emmanuel, “The Magazine of Eucharistic Spirituality,” in this Jubilee of Mercy. Remember that a gift subscription to Emmanuel makes a thoughtful Christmas gift for priests, deacons, religious, and Catholic laity. Sixteen and a half-years ago when Pope John Paul II canonized the Polish nun and mystic Maria Faustina Kowalska, Catholics […]


From the Editor – September/October 2016

Thank you for subscribing to Emmanuel, “The Magazine of Eucharistic Spirituality,” in this Jubilee of Mercy. In mid-May, I participated in the ordination liturgy of the Diocese of Cleveland at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist during which five deacons were ordained as priests. It was a beautiful celebration before an overflowing assembly. As […]


From the Editor – July/August 2016

Thank you for subscribing to Emmanuel, “The Magazine of Eucharistic Spirituality,” in this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Glenn Beck, the conservative radio host, television personality, political commentator, and author, once famously advised his listeners: “Look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church website. If you find it, run as fast as […]


From the Editor – May/June 2016

Thank you for subscribing to The Magazine of Eucharistic Spirituality during the Year of Mercy. I was recently given a copy of Pope Francis’ The Name of God Is Mercy. In the book, a conversation with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielli, the Holy Father sets forth, in the simplicity and directness we have come to expect […]







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 – 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 […]