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 […]


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,” […]

April 15, 2020

They recognized him in the breaking of the bread. On the way to Emmaus (figuratively), I met a man and his young 10-year-old son. They were begging on a corner. I stopped to chat. They were homeless, hungry, and sad. I asked their names. We chatted for a while. Finally, I handed them (against all […]

April 2, 2020

I will maintain my covenant with you and your descendants after you throughout the ages as an everlasting pact, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. On your part, you and your descendants after you must keep my covenant throughout the ages. The ancient Israelites believed that they enjoyed a […]

April 1, 2020

But you are trying to kill me because my word has no room among you. Today’s gospel reminds us that next week is Holy Week and how so many people wanted to kill Jesus. Was it jealousy? Was it hatred? Were they threatened by his message? Was it—recorded here—what he taught had “no room among […]

March 18, 2020

Now, Israel, hear the statutes and decrees, which I am teaching you to observe, that you may live . . . Observing the law of God is the theme that runs through both our scripture passages today. Moses speaks to the people as they wandered through the desert. Jesus follows up his teaching on the […]