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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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Pope Francis and Vatican II’s Saintly Popes

Among the many accomplishments of Pope Francis’ time as pope is the fact that he has canonized the three popes of Vatican II. Why is this so important and what is he saying to the Church and the world? Pope Francis has begun his sixth year as leader of the universal Church. He was elected […]

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Saint Oscar Romero’s Eucharistic Transformation: In Word, Sacrament, Adoration, and Gethsemane

Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador will be canonized along with Pope Paul VI on October 14. The story of his life and ministry is one of transformation and self-sacrifice. Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez has been a “saint” for decades to the poorest of El Salvador — the farmers and laborers who work with […]

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Do Not Be Afraid: Living Our Christian Faith in Today’s World

What do we offer the world today as followers of Christ? And how are we to live and to witness to the light of God’s love and truth? On October 16, 1978, the date of his election as the 264th Supreme Pontiff, Pope John Paul II proclaimed to the world from the balcony of Saint […]

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Dom Helder Càmara, Defender of the Poor

Admired by many as a prophet, denounced by others as a radical, Dom Helder Càmara steadfastly spoke out and worked for the rights and dignity of the poor. On August 5, 1973, thirty-eight Brazilian bishops and two cardinals gathered for the installation of Brazil’s newest archbishop. As they processed into the cathedral, the Master of […]

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The Christian Sense of Mercy: A Defense of “Amoris Laetitia”

Some critics believe that Pope Francis chooses mercy against the law. The choice is never between mercy and law. The choice is whether a law will be applied mercifully or harshly. In a previous issue of Emmanuel, an article appeared that defended the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia (AL), against the dubia submitted by four […]

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Dorothy Day, Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement

Dorothy Day was a diminutive figure, but a dominant force for justice and peace in the Church and American society. Her life was rooted in the prophetic call of the Gospel. “Whatever I had read as a child about the saints had thrilled me. I could see the nobility of giving one’s life for the […]

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My “Death Metal” Kids: Closet Sacramentalists

A father muses on the musical and existential journey of his eldest son and daughter. Could Easter and new life be at the end of their fascination with the grave and death? I confess to taking a perverse pleasure from walking through supermarkets, restaurants, and other public places with the eldest of my four children, […]

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Eucharistic Journey: Epiphany ― From the Outside In

Matthew’s Gospel is a testimony to the truth that conversion moves us from the outside in, not the inside out.

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Muslims, Mary and Fatima

Can Mary, Our Lady of Fatima, be the bridge between Muslims and Christians? Catholics reverence Mary under many titles, one of which is Our Lady of Fatima. In the very name of the place in Portugal where Mary appeared six times to three shepherd children between May 13 and October 13, 1917, one discovers a […]

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