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Why Bake Bread?

In the midst of the fear, anxiety and losses experienced during the isolation of the Covid-19 pandemic many people began baking bread. Why is baking bread so meaningful? Last year, when the reality of quarantine in the midst of a global health pandemic, a curious phenomenon occurred. Scroll through Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok, and scores […]

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A Mom Learns About Eucharistic Love Through Breastfeeding

When we see the world through a sacramental lens meaning can be found everywhere. Here theologian Stephanie Clary shares how breastfeeding her child became a sacramental encounter. I have spent the majority of the past three years of my life either pregnant or breastfeeding. While my collective 16 months of pregnancy with children born two […]

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The Parable of the Rich Fool (Lk 12:13-21)

Where did this “rich man” go so wrong that he is called a “fool” by God? The evangelist Luke introduces this parable by recounting a request made of Jesus to settle the matter of a disputed inheritance. In his somewhat harsh-sounding response to the one who made the request, Jesus does not directly address the matter […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Lost Coin (Lk 15:8-10)

The Narrative of the Parable The structure and meaning of the Parable of the Lost Coin is similar to the parable that immediately precedes it, i.e., the Parable of the Lost Sheep, a parable found also in the Gospel of Matthew (18:12-14). In speaking of a woman’s search for a lost coin as an image of […]

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

July Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s desire to establish a religious order completely dedicated to the Eucharist took many years to realize. Initially, he had to spend much time in prayer and discernment in order to understand his “eucharistic calling.” He didn’t know what form of life this eucharistic venture would take. Gradually he understood that […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:5-8)

What does the parable of the Friend at Midnight (Lk 11:5-8) teach us about perseverance? The Narrative of the Parable This parable, which illustrates the attitude that should characterize Christian prayer, is found within a collection of sayings attached to the evangelist Luke’s version of the Lord’s Prayer. It is often compared to the parable of […]

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

May “Finally, I arrived here, happy, content, and quite well. I was welcomed… with fondness, like a brother…hurry up, come, we are in heaven here.” During the months of novitiate with the Society of Mary, Father Eymard again expresses the joy of his soul as follows: “I felt a strong attraction to live the life of […]

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The Eucharistic Chaplet of Saint Oscar Romero

“The saints,” Pope Benedict XVI wrote, “constantly renewed their capacity for love of neighbor from their encounter with the Eucharistic Lord, and conversely this encounter acquired its realism and depth in their service to others” (Deus Caritas Est, 18). This Chaplet inspired by Saint Oscar Romero wonderfully illustrates Pope Benedict XVI’s point. Introduction Saint Oscar […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Good Samaritan

In every age we return to the ever-important question asked of Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” The Narrative of the Parable Luke alone, among the evangelists, records this parable, whose protagonist has been memorialized not only in the New Testament scripture but also in our everyday speech. To speak of a “good Samaritan” is to refer […]

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

March Saint Peter Julian Eymard desired to have a religious order dedicated to the Eucharist which had professed religious as well as lay members. The lay members are known as Associates of the Blessed Sacrament (or Aggregation of the Blessed Sacrament) and dedicate time in prayer to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. In 1866, there […]

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