June 11, 2021

Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus From Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque to the present age, devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus has flourished. Each year our lectionary readings give us a different aspect of the theology for the solemnity. This year, we focus on the image of a gruesome post-crucifixion autopsy […]


May 21, 2021

Just as Saint Paul was ordered to a trial with the Sanhedrin, today’s saint, Christopher Magallanes (July 30, 1869 – May 25, 1927), a priest and martyr of Mexico, was killed without trial on the way to celebrate Mass during the Cristero War. Christopher faced bogus charges of inciting a rebellion against the government; local […]


May 14, 2021

Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle In the Acts of the Apostles today, we hear the simple process by which Matthias is chosen by lot. We know that they were just two candidates mentioned here, one who had many nicknames and Matthias. We do not know much about the process leading up to his apostolic ministry […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 6

We have been sharing pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC] these past months. The new “order” became mandatory last Easter, but due to COVID, many leaders have not seen or used the new rite. Regular Emmanuel readers may be familiar with our website (emmanuelpublishing.org) where this author […]

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April 16, 2021

Reviewing the Acts of the Apostles, as we do each Easter Time, it is interesting to hear of lesser named martyrs and saints. Today we heard from Gamaliel, a Pharisee, about Theudas, as well as Judas the Galilean who persuaded people to follow them—but they came to nothing. There were and are today, people living […]


April 9, 2021

We continue the great 50 days of Easter and the continuous reading from the Acts of the Apostles. We hear Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit to preach and transform hearts. Peter came a long way from being “just Simon.” The transformative power of the resurrection got him on board to go fishing and […]


March 19, 2021

Solemnity of Saint Joseph The Santa Fe, New Mexico Cathedral Basilica has a wonderful retablo of Saint Joseph’s life in its Blessed Sacrament Chapel. Several moments in the life of Saint Joseph are artistically painted, giving us rare images and pictures of Saint Joseph. These glimpses of Joseph are windows into, as Jesuit Father James […]


March 12, 2021

How far are we from the reign of God? With our praying and questioning the Lord each day of our lives, do we come to the best answer? On this third Friday of Lent, we continue our journey with the cross as well as the tree of life. We have Hosea reminding us of God’s […]


February 19, 2021

Isaiah invites us to a more virtuous life today and to turn from those ways that lead us into temptation and sin. We should recall Ash Wednesday’s words: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.” The psalmist echoes God’s willingness to forgive and not mark our iniquities. How are we with others? […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Part 5

We continue our pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC], implemented last year. We are now in Chapter VI of our review. We pick up from Chapter V which is the “order” used for when a child is in danger of death. Chapter VI is the follow up […]

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