September 17, 2021

Our calling as followers of God, as Paul exhorts today, is a calling to a more authentic Christian life. We are called to pursue many qualities that will make us more Christ-like. We are to be people of the beatitudes, blessed and recognizing that when we live these values of the Holy Spirit, we will […]


September 10, 2021

We begin Paul’s letter to Timothy, an excellent one about this faith-filled person. For several days we will hear about the faith as lived among the early disciples, as well as our call to acknowledge another’s presence in our lives properly. This acknowledgment may lead us to properly seeing others without judgment and expectation. Too […]


August 20, 2021

Memorial of Saint Bernard, Abbot and Doctor of the Church Today’s readings and memorial remind us of the great commitment to love. Our vocation, our call, is to be people who live this love by good works of care and support. Many weddings have used music based on the Book of Ruth to remind them […]


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What Have We Learned from the “COVID Mass?”

A new mantra has developed for all of us: “What a year!” It’s been over a year since we returned to public worship in person after the initial closures. I write this column as Lent begins (February 2021) and am conscious that many of the current practices taken on to protect one another are perhaps […]

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August 13, 2021

Joshua addresses the people and reminds them of the rich heritage that is theirs through Abraham to their present status in the land of Canaan. In the gospel, Jesus gives a brief history of the marriage covenant and the importance of married love for the sake of our reign in heaven. Our readings give us […]


July 16, 2021

Optional Memorial of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Tradition tells us the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared at Cambridge to Simon Stock, a saintly Prior General of the Carmelite Order in the mid-thirteenth century. The earliest reference to this tradition, dating from the late 14th century, states that Saint Simon was of great holiness and devotion. […]


July 9, 2021

Optional Memorial of Saint Augustine Zhao Rong The group of 120 martyrs we can recall today, headed by Saint Augustine Zhao Rong (canonized by Pope John Paul II on October 1, 2000), alert us to the persecution and martyrdom suffered for the faith. Augustine Zhao Rong was a bailiff of a county jail. During the […]


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The Revised Order of Baptism of Children – Final Thoughts

For a year, this column has given a pastoral commentary on the second edition of the Order of Baptism of Children [OBC]. The new “order” became mandatory Easter of 2020, but due to COVID, many leaders have not seen or used the new rite. Some may not even be familiar with it. Regular Emmanuel readers […]

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June 18, 2021

Today’s first reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians almost feels like a comedy routine or a bit of narcissistic soliloquy. Paul used the via negativa to remind people who he was and who we are called to be as members of the body of Christ. In his spiritual direction for others, our founder, […]


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 […]