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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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The Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress: Its Missionary Challenges, Part II

We break the bread of the Eucharist in an unjust world. There is an uninterrupted continuity from the Mass to our mission as Christians in the world. II. Pivotal Mission Insights from Presenters at the IEC in Cebu Cardinal Charles Maung Bo Cardinal Bo from Myanmar was the papal legate for the International Eucharistic Congress […]

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Marcos Gregorio McGrath: His Initial Contributions to the “Bridge Theology” of Pope Francis

The Second Vatican Council has a special significance in Latin America. This is especially true due to the influence of Gaudium et Spes (The Church in the Modern World). This began at the Medellín Conference (1968) when Bishop Marcos Gregorio McGrath pointed to this influence through his keynote address, “The Signs of the Times.” Bishop […]

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The Fifty-first International Eucharistic Congress: Its Missionary Challenges, Part I

The theological and pastoral vision of the Cebu International Eucharistic Congress defines important priorities for the Church relative to the Eucharist and mission. The Philippines has been privileged to host two International Eucharistic Congresses (IEC): the Twenty-third (Manila: February 3-7, 1937) and the Fifty-first (Cebu: January 24-31, 2016). Many parallels between these two congresses can […]

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Tears and Eucharistic Transformation

The Eucharist transforms us. Can it also transform what we bring to the table, even our sorrows, sins, and failings? One of my go-to books I used to read to my children is Owl at Home by Arnold Lobel. It contains a series of sweet, short pieces about a child-like owl and his little adventures […]

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Thoughts About Catechesis in Today’s Church

Catechists share the faith they love, as well as the person of Jesus Christ, with a new generation of seekers and believers. But how do they do this effectively today? Catechists Are Theologians Sometimes theologians speak and write as though they were living on another planet, speaking and writing in a language other than human! […]

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