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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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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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