May 22, 2020

The Greek city of Corinth has a special place in the Christian story and our eucharistic memory store. Corinth was Paul’s greatest challenge. He had success there, but also resistance, as we hear in today’s excerpt from Acts. In the gospel, Jesus talks about the anguish of a woman in labor. The pain of childbirth, […]

April 24, 2020

Writing some weeks in advance of publication is a precarious business in these uncertain times. What is the status of the Coronavirus crisis as you read this? At the time of writing, the Eucharist is unavailable to the vast majority of Catholics worldwide. Who could ever have imagined such a situation arising? It is a […]

March 27, 2020

The lives of missionary disciples are a daily call to witness by the way they live to the values and priorities of the kingdom of God. Such a life requires courage and steadfastness. Some of us will find such witnesses inspiring and uplifting, most notably the martyrs of various times and places. Others will find […]

February 28, 2020

The gospel on Ash Wednesday placed before us the three forms of Jewish piety: almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Today the focus is on fasting and is prompted by the inquiry from the disciples of John the Baptist as to why the disciples of Jesus do not fast. Since fasting was often associated with mourning Jesus […]

January 24, 2020

Memorial of Saint Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor of the Church In the Nicene Creed, the church is described as being “one, holy, catholic and apostolic.” This last designation is based on the unique role of the Twelve Apostles chosen by Jesus. The Catechism affirms that the church “was, and remains, built on the […]

December 6, 2019

The season of Advent draws us into an annual engagement with the story of God’s promise of salvation in the Hebrew Scriptures and the dawn of the realization of that promise in the foretelling of the coming amongst us of the Son of God who is the light of the world. In these days of […]

November 1, 2019

Solemnity of All Saints The liturgical calendar is sprinkled with celebrations of saints from the earliest years of Christianity to our own time. Today, on this Solemnity of All Saints, the liturgy invites us to remember all these and the countless others whose names are known to God alone. This great “cloud of witnesses” are […]

October 4, 2019

Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi Few saints in the history of Christianity have impacted the life of the church as has Saint Francis of Assisi. Across the Christian denominations Francis enjoys universal acclaim. In his relatively short life he left an example of Christ-like witness that attracts all who desire to follow the way […]

September 6, 2019

Fasting has become fashionable again, but not as a spiritual discipline. Recent studies have shown that fasting has many health benefits including weight loss, better brain function and decreased blood sugar levels. These benefits, however, were not on the minds of the Pharisees as they questioned the failure of the disciples of Jesus to fast. […]

August 2, 2019

Today we celebrate the Feast of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, Apostle of the Eucharist. For the family of Eymard and countless others who have come to know him through his writings or by exposure to his charism through association with the various Eymardian apostolates, this is an occasion of immense joy and gratitude. We are […]