January 13, 2019

The Baptism of the Lord Today, the Church shifts its focus from the infant Jesus to the adult Jesus. For 30 years Jesus was patiently preparing for the day when he would leave his parents and native village of Nazareth, travel to Jerusalem and to the Jordan River, be baptized by his desert-living cousin John, […]

December 9, 2018

Second Sunday of Advent In today’s second reading, Paul candidly admits that I pray always with joy for all of you because of your partnership for the Gospel from the first day until now. Paul spread the Gospel together with other missionaries, and always included as “partners” the people he converted from the “first day” […]

November 11, 2018

With the hesitant sharing of her last piece of bread with the hungry prophet Elijah, the widow at Zarephath trustingly accepted Elijah’s promise that his God of Israel would give all of them daily bread thereafter to sustain life. This was a deal the widow could not ignore. Many years later, Jesus would declare: I […]

October 14, 2018

Prayerful attention and confidence in the Word of God is the double-edged sword or the modern power tool that can defeat atheistic communism, and can also propel a stuffy and conservative church to open its windows to the modern world. This is evidenced in two men who will be canonized today in Rome, Archbishop Oscar […]

September 9, 2018

“Jesus has done all things well. He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.” Every time we seek out health care professionals, we willingly subject our bodies to their healing touches. The sense of “touch” is vital to human interaction and essential for any form of healing, physical, mental, or spiritual. Notice that Jesus […]

August 12, 2018

Ordinary bread is a product of the earth and prolongs our human life. Living bread is a metaphor Jesus applied to himself to teach us how necessary and indispensable he is to our spiritual life. The gospel today quotes several Old Testament prophets who said: “they shall all be taught by God.” Elijah found this […]

July 29, 2018

From scarcity to abundance. God does not want to work alone, our input and assistance is needed. Our talents and gifts of education, our words and actions, our hands and feet, and our physical and spiritual energy are meant to assist God in the salvation of planet Earth. How good to feel needed, especially by […]

June 3, 2018

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ Sometimes a song tells it best like: “One Bread, one Body, one Lord of all, one cup of blessing that we bless. And we, though many throughout the earth, we are one body in this one Lord.” Today, Catholics the world over celebrate the continual presence of […]


Eucharistic Witness (March/April 2018)

Father Roger Bourgeois, SSS THE CALL STILL ECHOES There was something adventuresome and daring about jumping on a bus at midnight, at age 14, saying goodbye to my parents and heading out with older seminarians on a six-hour trip to the minor seminary of the Blessed Sacrament Congregation in upstate New York, my first venture […]

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