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Lenten Reflection on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s ‘Master of Rabenden Vesperbild’

What meaning do we make of images of suffering that portray Christ’s passion and death? Vesperbild (Pietà) c. 1515-20 MASTER OF RABENDEN Lindenwood, polychromed and gilded Overall: 89.1 x 78.7 x 32.4 cm Cleveland Museum of Art I still remember the interior conflict that befell me after seeing Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List for the first […]

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Anglican-Catholic Perspectives on the Eucharist: An Appreciative Dialogue — Ritually Speaking

What unique eucharistic insights might we gain through the experience of an Anglican priest who became a Catholic Priest? Reading Life Through Eucharistic Rituals In their Mighty Stories, Dangerous Rituals, Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley reflect upon how public worship functions by weaving together both God’s and our own human stories. This notion of weaving […]

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Living the Eucharist through Holy Matrimony

How does a couple build and nurture a eucharistic marriage? The most fruitful marriages are the ones that are centered in the Eucharist. We have been married for twelve years, and over the last twelve years we have discovered that when a couple enters into a marriage, that marriage is all the more meaningful if […]

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Why Do We Use the Title “Father” for a Priest? The Challenge of Matthew 23:9

Does Matthew 23:9 contradict the traditional practice of calling a priest “Father”? In the Gospel of Matthew chapter 23 Jesus speaks to a large gathering of people including his disciples. In his discourse he enumerates some of the difference between those who follow his teaching and those who follow the teachings of the scribes and […]

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Stories of a Eucharistic Fast

In the midst of our Lenten journey a deadly virus spread across the world. Covid-19 soon became all we spoke about as it dramatically reshaped our daily lives. Out of great concern for public health and safety, bishops around the world discontinued the public celebration of Masses in the hopes of curbing the spread of […]

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Hospice: Walking a Sacred Journey

How can we be more eucharistic when facing end of life issues? “Do not go gentle into the good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” -Dylan Thomas “Indeed, for your faithful, Lord, life is changed not ended, and when this earthly dwelling turns to dust, an eternal dwelling is made ready for […]

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Experiencing Eucharist by Sharing with Migrants on the Margins: Transforming Vulnerability Through Hospitality

With whom do you break bread and share life’s journey? During a recent trip to the town of Tapachula on Mexico’s southern border, I was blessed to break bread and share stories with migrant families, on the move amid life-threatening challenges. As we huddled in an outdoor chapel through a heavy thunderstorm, we were inspired […]

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Care of Creation: A Eucharistic Call to Action

How does the presentation of the gifts during the celebration of the Eucharist challenge us to care for creation? “I don’t want your hope. I want you to panic,” she said, “I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. And then I want you to act.” Simple words, a cry from the […]

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Scars of Brokenness and Transformation

How can our wounds help us to become more Christ-like? When Jesus appears to the disciples during the coda of Luke’s Gospel they are rightfully shocked at his unpredictable presence. Following his death and fearing persecution, Jesus’ followers were hiding when a form appeared in their midst. Clarifying that he was not an apparition or phantom, Jesus […]

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Forgive to Live

The Eucharist calls us to greater communion. Often this requires us to forgive others. But how do we do that? A woman tells of an eighteen-year search for a birth parent because she was given up for adoption as an infant. She felt the questions which were constantly on her mind could only be answered […]

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