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Discovering the Rich Treasures of Popular Piety, Part II

Popular piety, nourished by the word of God and reflecting the encounter of faith and culture, can be for many a powerful complement to the Church’s liturgical worship and prayer and an entry into a deeper lived faith. VII. How can customary popular religiosity be renewed? To respond to this important question, one could draw […]

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Christ Is at the Door

The situation of refugees in the world today is a complex one. What is the role of the Church in addressing it, and what principles do Christians and other persons of faith bring to the conversation? In November 1958, Father Vincent McCauley, a Holy Cross priest, and three of his fellow religious arrived in Fort […]

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From Heart and Soul to Stone and Mortar

The anniversary of a great cathedral is a reminder of the importance of signs of God’s presence and grace in our world. This year, 2019, was the thirtieth anniversary of my ordination to the permanent diaconate, and six of these years were spent serving in the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City. In September […]

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Discovering the Rich Treasures of Popular Piety, Part I

Popular piety, nourished by the word of God and reflecting the encounter of faith and culture, can be for many a powerful complement to the Church’s liturgical worship and prayer and an entry into a deeper lived faith. In the contemporary experience of parish priests, missionaries, catechists, preachers, and liturgists, the task of evangelization is […]

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Ministry Leadership Lessons from Moses

Moses was a great leader, a powerful man. His life and example convey profound lessons of service and compassion. Not many people would be able to place into a resume these positions: military commander, nation builder, liberator, religious leader, lawgiver, judge, mediator, advocate, leader of the opposition, visionary. Yet those are just some of the roles […]

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Meal and Sign of the New Covenant

“O sacrament of devotion! O sign of unity! O bond of charity!” One of the most stunning sights that nature creates, when the sun breaks through the clouds on a rainy day, is a rainbow stretching across the sky. The rainbow, the author of Genesis states, is a reminder that God is always with us. […]

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Celebrating the Apostle of the Eucharist

He once described himself as “a little like Jacob, always on a journey,” always seeking. But, in truth, it was there from the beginning — the great love and the driving passion of his life: Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. One day young Peter Julian Eymard, just five years of age, wandered off from the […]

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Eucharist as a Reconciling Event

At the center of our life as Christians is the mystery of a boundless love that heals and restores our fallen humanity. It is this redeeming mystery that we proclaim at every Eucharist. We have just celebrated the Sacred Triduum, the focal point of the liturgical year. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says: “Holy […]

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The Role of the Laity in the Catholic Church: Reflections on the Experience of the Church in Chile

The Second Vatican Council has a special significance in Latin America. The experience of that local church has much to say to the wider Church about renewal in its life and mission. Medellín (1968): The First Council of the Church of Jerusalem for the Latin American Church The second CELAM Conference at Medellín, Colombia, in […]

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The Words of Everlasting Life

The word of God is eternal, but it is also directed to men and women of faith in every age and circumstance. What is God saying to us and to the Church today? What would happen in your parish if the priest did not show up on a Sunday morning, but he had invited the […]

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