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A Spirituality of Cooking: Preparing a Eucharistic Meal with Chef James Bartel

How can your table become a place of eucharistic encounter? Eucharist is about sharing food, good food! In sharing food, we share life. Jesus often “broke bread” with people. He ate at so many tables, and each meal became a life-giving encounter for both Jesus and those with whom he dined. Our tables have that […]

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June 27, 2021

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time Jesus said, “she should be given something to eat.” That’s a unique detail in this story of healing and restored life from the Gospel of Mark 5:21-43. Some scripture commentators even breeze over this closing line of the chapter. I, too, may have missed it, save for the fact that […]


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From the Editor (July/August 2021)

“What happened to Father Eymard on that hill?” I imagine this must have been the question those closest to the recently ordained Peter Julian Eymard asked themselves. After all, what kind of experience could produce such a sea change in religious outlook? Though considered “holy” by his parishioners prior to this “hill-top” experience, he also […]


June 19, 2021

Worrying can turn into a full-time profession. All of us have worries, no doubt. Yet, if we’re not attentive to ourselves and what we choose to think about, our worries can quickly multiply. Worries can pile up as quickly as blocks in a Tetris game. If we’re not careful, we can find something to worry […]


June 5, 2021

It’s not easy to ask for help. Many of us come from a culture where individualism and self-sufficiency are highly praised. Asking for help might be considered a sign of weakness, failure, or inferiority. We somehow expect ourselves to navigate every situation with aptitude and solve every problem on our own. It’s telling that when […]


February 13, 2021

In our gospel reading today, we encounter Jesus feeding the multitudes. This is the second occasion where Jesus feeds the hungry crowds in the Gospel of Mark (see Mark 6:30-44, Mark 8:1-10). Those of us who have a Eucharistic spirituality will likely be drawn to this reading’s eucharistic aspects. After all, Jesus “takes” the loaves […]


December 29, 2019

Feast of the Holy Family There’s a show I occasionally catch on National Public Radio called The Moth. The premise of the show is simple. People from all walks of life get up in front of a live audience and tell a significant story about their lives. Sometimes the stories make you laugh or cry. […]


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Keeping Time: Jazz and a Eucharistic Perspective of Time

How does the Eucharist shape your experience of time? I have a running joke with a longtime leader of music ministry at my local parish. It started once when we were talking about a Sunday liturgy and she suggested trimming the length of something to make it a bit shorter and move the mass along. […]

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June 30, 2019

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time That “us” versus “them” mentality creeps into our thinking. We see it often enough. How people interact with each other. The distinctions they make among themselves. How we often hear negative comments about people of different races, culture, gender, beliefs, social circumstances, and political views. We hear phrases like, “those […]


March 31, 2019

There’s a famous painting by Rembrandt entitled, “The Return of the Prodigal Son.” Perhaps you’ve seen it. Like many of Rembrandt’s paintings the subjects are shrouded in darkness except for a flash of light that highlights the central figures. In this case, the two main figures are taken from the popular parable of “the prodigal […]