July 17, 2018

Then the LORD said to Isaiah: Go out to meet Ahaz, you and your son Shear-jashub, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool, on the highway of the fuller’s field, and say to him: Take care you remain tranquil and do not fear; let not your courage fail before these two stumps […]

July 10, 2018

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few, so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest” (Mt 9:37-38). This scene in the ninth chapter of Matthew’s gospel closes out a particularly intense time of ministry for Jesus, including the healing of a […]

July 3, 2018

Thomas answered and said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you come to believe because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed” (Jn 20:28-29). Thomas, whose feast we celebrate, is remembered more for his momentary doubt than for anything else he said […]

June 26, 2018

Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. (Matthew 7:13) The goal of our earthly existence is to gain eternal life. Different religions and philosophies define this life variously, for example, as transcendence or enlightenment. For Christians, […]


On the 150th Anniversary of the Passing of the Apostle of the Eucharist

Saint Peter Julian Eymard died on August 1, 1868, ending a remarkable journey of Eucharistic service in the same small town where it had begun. “A memorial gravestone marks the first burial place of Peter Julian Eymard whose grave was located in the cemetery [of La Mure] from the time of his death in 1868 […]

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June 19, 2018

No one gave himself up to the doing of evil in the sight of the LORD as did Ahab, urged on by his wife Jezebel. (1 Kings 21:25) Israel’s history is filled with stories of kings and queens celebrated for their holiness, wisdom, and courage, and tales of other rulers whose evildoing was an abomination […]

June 12, 2018

Elijah said to her, “Do not be afraid. Go and do as you propose. But first make me a little cake and bring it to me. Then you can prepare something for yourself and your son. For the LORD, the God of Israel, says, ‘The jar of flour shall not go empty, nor the jug of […]

June 5, 2018

In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge. Before the mountains were begotten and the earth and the world were brought forth, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. (Psalm 90:1-2) Fr. Eymard’s birthplace, La Mure d’ Isère, is situated in an especially beautiful part of southeastern France. Towering peaks dominate the rolling […]

May 15, 2018

I glorified you on earth by accomplishing the work that you gave me to do. Now glorify me, Father, with you, with the glory that I had with you before the world began. (John 17:4-5) The reading from Acts and the passage from Chapter 17 of St. John’s gospel might each be described as a […]