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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The January/February 2014 issue of Emmanuel devotes several articles and reflections to Pope Francis and his vision of the church. As a magazine of eucharistic spirituality, our purpose in presenting these is to explore the ecclesial and eucharistic dimensions of his words and actions, and especially the spirituality underlining them.