May 17, 2018

That they may be one as we are one, that the world may believe that you sent me and love them as you love me. We have heard these verses of chapter 17 of St. John’s Gospel many times, especially since the Second Vatican Council. They are the clearest and most profound faith statement about […]


May 3, 2018

Feast of Saints Philip & James, Apostles Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. The Father and the Son are one God. This is the great mystery and the great truth that Jesus affirms in his conversation with Philip in the gospel of John. When we worship before the Blessed Sacrament, we are praying […]


April 19, 2018

No one can come to Jesus without faith or without the Father’s grace. In the verses of St. John’s gospel read in today’s liturgy (John 6), we have the heart of Jesus’ message on the bread from heaven, the true manna that gives eternal life to the world. His hearers seem to be saying: why […]


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Body of Christ: Say Amen

By baptism, we are incorporated into the church, the body of Christ. Communion deepens that union as we are progressively transformed into the very mystery we receive. This article is a follow-up on my reflection “The Eucharist and the Unity of the Church” in the January/February 2017 issue of Emmanuel. The article explored the subject […]

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April 5, 2018

“You are witnesses of these things” (Lk 24:35-48). The first words of Jesus in the Acts of the Apostles are “Peace be with you.” Jesus asks his disciples why they are troubled and why questions come to their mind. He is not a ghost. He is flesh and blood, the same Jesus whom they saw […]