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November / December 2019


As we bring another publishing year to an end, our issue offers quite a variety of articles for your reading and prayer. You will find Michael DeSanctis’ winsome “A Crib Fit for a King” and John Zupez, SJ’s examination of language and liturgy, “Is the Mass a Propitiatory or Expiatory Sacrifice?” There is Part II of James Kroeger’s reflection on popular piety and Dennis Billy’s continuing series on the Eucharist in the writings of various theologians.

Table of Contents


From the Editor
From the Editor (November/December 2019) Free Article
by Anthony Schueller, SSS
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Christ Is at the Door
by Richard Gribble, CSC
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Eucharistic Teachings
J. R. R. Tolkien on the Eucharist
by Dennis J. Billy, CSsR
Eucharistic Teachings
Eucharistic Spirituality
“A Crib Fit for a King”
by Michael E. DeSanctis
Eucharistic Spirituality
Eucharistic Spirituality
Pastoral Liturgy
Breaking the Word
Eucharist & Culture
Eucharist & Culture (November/December 2019) Free Article
by Various Authors
Eucharistic Witness
Issue Credits

Articles


From the Editor


Free Article

From the Editor (November/December 2019)

Each Christmas, we listen to the story — a simple story, the details of which we know well: Caesar’s decree, a census; Joseph and pregnant Mary journey to Bethlehem, [...]

Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing


Discovering the Rich Treasures of Popular Piety, Part II

Popular piety, nourished by the word of God and reflecting the encounter of faith and culture, can be for many a powerful complement to the Church’s liturgical [...]

Christ Is at the Door

The situation of refugees in the world today is a complex one. What is the role of the Church in addressing it, and what principles do Christians and other persons [...]

From Heart and Soul to Stone and Mortar

The anniversary of a great cathedral is a reminder of the importance of signs of God’s presence and grace in our world. This year, 2019, was the thirtieth [...]

Eucharistic Teachings


J. R. R. Tolkien on the Eucharist

J. R. R. Tolkien’s vivid imagination and creative literary powers were surpassed only by his deep, heartfelt Catholic faith. His love for the Eucharist connected him [...]

Is the Mass a Propitiatory or Expiatory Sacrifice?

The precise meaning of words is important in understanding how the Church sees God’s saving action in Jesus Christ and the meaning of the Eucharistic rite. Change is [...]

Eucharistic Spirituality


“A Crib Fit for a King”

Can a crib modeled on a Medieval counterpart awaken faith and wonder in the minds and hearts of modern, restless onlookers? For almost a decade, I have been building [...]

Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and [...]

Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Mary Has Led Me by the Hand The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. From childhood, owing to [...]

Pastoral Liturgy


Final Comments on Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. We reviewed Holy Communion and [...]

Breaking the Word


Scriptural Reflections – Homiletics (November/December 2019)

November 1, 2019 All Saints Revelation 7:2-4, 9-11; Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6; 1 John 3:1-3; Matthew 5:1-12 Hopefully you will be reminded by homilists on this day that [...]

Eucharist & Culture


Free Article

Eucharist & Culture (November/December 2019)

Art • Music • Film • Poetry • Books Art Review SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST Sculpture marble Collection, Église Saint Jean Baptiste New York, New York Bernard Camiré, SSS [...]

Eucharistic Witness


Eucharistic Witness (November/December 2019)

William Fickel, SSS Saint Vincent de Paul Church Holiday, Florida   The Eucharist is dynamic! Hidden as Sacrament is the fullness of the Divine Mystery; the [...]

Issue Credits

Editor Anthony Schueller, SSS
Art Director Manager John Christman, SSS
Layout Kay Vincent
Circulation Manager Elizabeth Zaller
Book Review Editor Patrick Riley
Photography

John Christman, SSS
Keith Chevalier

Board

Lisa Marie Belz, OSU
Thomas Dragga
James Menkaus
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

Cover

SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST
Sculpture marble
Collection, Église Saint Jean Baptiste
New York, New York