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Pain as Prayer

After a lifetime of ministering to people dealing with pain and suffering Fr. Dennis Ruane, SSS penned these thoughts and experiences. He wrote them by hand, not long before he died. We are honored to share them with you. As an ordained priest, well beyond the golden mark, I have witnessed people experience pain on […]

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Images and Ideas of Prayer

Living in an increasingly visual culture, what images and ideas might help your prayer? For about a year now—I’m not really sure when I started—I have been noting down various images or ideas about prayer that I have come across in various places and times of reflection. These images and ideas have helped me quite […]

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Eymard Along the Journey: Eucharistic Reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard

March 2019 On March 15, 1860 Peter Julian Eymard wrote a letter to his sister Marianne and Nanette.1 Marianne was the eldest sister and godmother of Peter Julian. Nanette Bernard was an orphan that was taken in by Mr. and Mrs. Eymard, whom Peter Julian loved as sister. Peter Julian’s mother had died when he […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Faithful and Wise Servant (Mt 24:45-51)

Jesus asks us, “Who is the faithful and wise servant… ?” (Mt 24:25) The parable of the faithful and wise servant begins with a rhetorical question:  “Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant …?” which sets the tone for this and the two parables that follow (Mt 25:1-13 and 25:14-30).  Since the parable makes […]

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Eymard Along the Journey: Eucharistic Reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard

January On January 25, 1865, Father Peter Julian Eymard began what became known at the “Great Retreat” in Rome at the Redemptorist Villa Caserta on Via Merulana, which is near the Basilica de Santa Maria Maggiore, the largest Catholic Marian church in Rome. He was awaiting a response from the pope on what he referred […]

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“A Crib Fit for a King”

Can a crib modeled on a Medieval counterpart awaken faith and wonder in the minds and hearts of modern, restless onlookers? For almost a decade, I have been building original Nativity scenes to display at Christmastime on the campus of the Catholic university where I teach courses in the fine arts and theology. I consider […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Wedding Feast

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. The Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14 is also found in Luke 14:16-24, but in a form that reflects […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Mary Has Led Me by the Hand The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. From childhood, owing to visits made with his mother to Marian shrines near his birthplace, La Mure d’Isère, Saint Peter Julian Eymard had a deep love for the Blessed […]

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The Rule of Law, Not the Law of Rules: A Gospel Perspective

I. The Rule of Law versus the Law of Rules Oliver Wendell Holmes observed that, “The life of the law has not been logic; it has been experience.” That pithy sentence in his 1881 classic, The Common Law, clarified the reasoning process employed by the better judges in the legal world.1 They do not simply […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Two Sons

Parables were integral to Jesus’ teaching ministry. His stories engaged the minds and hearts of his listeners and revealed the deeper meaning of their lives and God’s power at work in and around them. This parable (Mt 21:28-32), peculiar to Matthew, is rather simple in character and has none of the elements of surprise and […]

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