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Soul of Christ: Reflections for After Communion

What do you pray after receiving the Eucharist and why? Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds, hide me. Let me never be separated from you. […]

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The Eucharist and the Dance of Death

What might Camille Saint-Saëns symphony Dance Macabre inspire in a eucharistic imagination? In June of 2019, my family and I attended the last performance of the 2018-2019 Connecticut Valley Symphony Orchestra Concert Series, a journey through the theme of dance. One of my favorite pieces of the afternoon was the Dance Macabre, by Camille Saint-Saëns. […]

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

Eucharistic Abstinence in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic We who have lived through and have survived this pandemic of 2020, have suffered the loss of our beloved family members and faithful friends. We were further asked to walk through the desert of Lent and the glory of the resurrection, without the daily manna — […]

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Triangularity: The Shape of Eucharistic Hospitality

Saint Peter Julian Eymard founded the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament. How did hospitality shape his eucharistic mission? Born from Hospitality Scratch under the surface of any historical account and there is another story ready to be told. The circumstances that gave rise to the emergence of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament in the […]

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Praying the “Our Father” in its Scriptural Context

How does the context of the New Testament enhance our understanding of the Lord’s Prayer? We use words in prayer to keep our mind focused. What better than to use the words of prayer that Jesus left us, to raise our minds and hearts to God amidst the cares of daily life? I propose here […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Mt 25:31-46)

What does it mean to be called a “brother or sister of Christ?” The scene described in this passage of Matthew’s Gospel, the final section of Jesus’ concluding discourse, is one of power and grandeur.  Though it is frequently called a parable, the formal parabolic element here is the comparison of the separation of the nations […]

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

July In a few days we will celebrate Saint Peter Julian Eymard’s feast day. It is a joy for all members of the Eymardian family to share this “outstanding apostle of the Eucharist” with the rest of our Church. Those who read Emmanuel have been learning about Saint Eymard for many years. Whether you have […]

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Poetic Contemplation: Trees as a Model of a Sacramental Reality

Mary Oliver’s poem When I Am Among the Trees offers an insight into being derived from an encounter with trees. How might her insights be applied to your eucharistic spirituality? When I Am Among the Trees – Mary Oliver When I am among the trees, Especially the willows and the honey locust, Equally the beech, […]

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

Saint Peter Julian Eymard at times drew inspiration from nature to speak about the Eucharist and Catholic spirituality. Here are two intriguing offerings for May and June. May 2020 Mme. Natalie Jordan was a close friend of Father Eymard. She was only one year older than him. They both had roots in the Dauphine region […]

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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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