September 16, 2020

Give thanks to the Lord on the harp, with the ten-stringed lyre chant his praises. I love music. Classical. Folk. Chamber and Country. Blue Grass and Mountain. Opera. Rock, even Rap and Hip Hop. Good liturgical music. I play the guitar, dulcimer, and piano. In those days, when I was engaged in study and discussions […]


September 2, 2020

At daybreak, Jesus left and went to a deserted place. After a day of healing sick people and dealing with demons, Jesus went off to be by himself at the crack of dawn. We’ve seen this picture before. The gospel writers tell us at least a half dozen times how Jesus went off alone to […]


August 19, 2020

Are you envious because I am generous? We start today with a scathing indictment from the prophet Ezekiel of leaders who do not shepherd their people, especially the weak, the sick, the injured, the strayed, the lost. And through the prophet, the LORD says, “I will save my sheep; I myself will look after and […]


August 5, 2020

With age-old love, I have loved you; so, I have kept my mercy toward you. On August 27, 1867, Father Eymard wrote to his dear friend Mrs. Natalie Jordan: nourish your soul with the truth personified in God’s divine goodness towards you, with his tenderness, his personal love. In a word, he sums up the […]


July 1, 2020

Hate evil and love good, and let justice prevail at the gate; But if you would offer me burnt offerings, then let justice surge like water and goodness like an unfailing stream. Reading these challenging words from the prophet Amos in today’s first reading, I ponder what’s going on out on the streets in our […]


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Eymard Along the Journey: Eucharistic Reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard

July In a few days we will celebrate Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s feast day. It is a joy for all members of the Eymardian family to share this “outstanding apostle of the Eucharist” with the rest of our Church. Those who read Emmanuel have been learning about Saint Eymard for many years. Whether you have […]

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June 17, 2020

If there is anything we have learned during this pandemic, it’s humility. Currently, the spreading virus continues to be beyond our control. It respects no age or ethnic group, no borders, no nationalities. There is no vaccine, no surefire medication. There is limited testing. I could go on . . . and on, talking about […]


June 3, 2020

In the course of his relatively short life, Father Peter Julian Eymard wrote over 2,200 letters to some 250 individuals. We don’t know how many other short notes he wrote that were lost. Many of these correspondents asked Father Eymard to accompany them on their spiritual journey in the form of what we now call […]


May 20, 2020

The God who made the world and all that is in it … gives to everyone life and breath and everything … so that people might seek God, even perhaps grope for him and find him though indeed he is not far from any one of us. Today Saint Paul is addressing the Athenians who […]


May 6, 2020

. . . Whoever sees me sees the one who sent me. The psalm for today begins with the line, May God have pity on us and bless us; may he let his face shine upon us. In an earlier psalm (27:8), the psalmist expresses his heartfelt hope: Come, says my heart, “seek God’s face,” […]