March 22, 2019

We are almost finished with two weeks of Lent and tensions may be challenging us: it’s another fast day from meat, another day to focus on our prayer and alms giving. Today’s readings invite us to review the deep-seated evil of jealousy that challenges us. A special spiritual director challenged me once to look at […]


February 22, 2019

Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, Apostle I’m sure in your family homes there was “grandpa’s chair,” “mom’s chair,” or some sacred space that NO ONE could sit in at the table or living room. Even after my grandfather died, no one wanted to sit in his chair due to reverence for his life […]


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Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Part II

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. We continue our review of Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Outside Mass (HCWEOM) by looking at the last part of Chapter One. We frequently hear of special devotions where people expose the Blessed Sacrament with […]

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January 25, 2019

The Conversion of St. Paul, Apostle St. Peter Julian Eymard loved and promoted St. Paul’s letters and theology. He understood the Eucharist through the Pauline teachings on communion and the theology of the Body of Christ. Both saints shared another common thread: evangelization. They spread the word of God, urging their followers to bear witness […]


December 30, 2018

Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph Every parent goes through at least two rites of passage: having their child wander off and the feeling of the “missing” moment. Secondly, the moment when a teenager stays out past curfew. You realize you are losing control and the child you raised to become […]


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Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass, Part I

The Catholic Church cherishes the relationship between the Eucharistic celebration and worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass. I have had the pleasure of writing and speaking about the landmark document Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharistic Outside Mass (HCWEOM) for decades. You may remember an Emmanuel column last year marking the 45th anniversary […]

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November 23, 2018

A day after our Thanksgiving holiday, and having readings today that speak about “stomaching” God’s Word, our scriptures may challenge us to a special “diet.” While the people were hanging on to Jesus’ “every word,” and John (in the Book of Revelation) was called to eat God’s word, it’s apparent that we are to have […]


October 30, 2018

“May God be praised!” This phrase attributed to Saint Peter Julian Eymard has always had a curious ring for us. I think one interpretation could be that Fr. Eymard wrote and said this often to remind us that above all, first things are to be first, that all belongs to God. When we pray, praise […]


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Sacrosanctum Concilium at 55

The first document considered at Vatican II was the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, underscoring the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the Church. This year, this column took a fresh look at hallmark liturgical documents. We end the year with Sacrosanctum Concilium (SC). For present-day liturgists, the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy […]

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September 30, 2018

“Cut it out!” “Stop that!” These childhood mantras still echo in my head as I remember tickling my little brother or seeing my cousins wrestling on the floor with one another. Even now I witness children continue these childhood rituals. Eventually they work things out. Or do they? We still tease or taunt one another, […]