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From Devotions to a More Devoted Life

How can we grow toward the devout life, true devotion to God? The Catholic Church has a rich range and a variety of devotions. By devotions, we mean set prayers, rather than mental prayer, which are prayed regularly. Some are private, prayed in the quiet of one’s home. Others are recited, prayed with a group […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Leaven

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. Jesus habitually drew his parables from the scenes and activities of everyday life. He set before his hearers things that were […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

In the Service of God, Fidelity and Generosity Are Necessary The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. In a letter to Mathilde Giraud Jordan on August 27, 1867, Father Eymard invites her to constancy in trials and reminds her of the two great […]

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On the 150th Anniversary of the Passing of the Apostle of the Eucharist

Saint Peter Julian Eymard died on August 1, 1868, ending a remarkable journey of Eucharistic service in the same small town where it had begun. “A memorial gravestone marks the first burial place of Peter Julian Eymard whose grave was located in the cemetery [of La Mure] from the time of his death in 1868 […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Wheat Among the Weeds

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. With this installment of Pondering the Parables, we move from the Gospel of Mark to the Gospel of Matthew. In contrast to […]

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A Poetry Retreat

The Wedding Feast of Cana For Team 24 Four panels in Arcabas’ polyptych but the mystery dazzles with simplicity. Water into fine wine and Mary at the heart of the banquet puzzle. Waiters do as they are told; steward tastes the selection; groom chastised for keeping the best to the last. Brilliant pastel colors tell […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

A Life That Inspires August 1, 2018, marks the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Peter Julian Eymard, the Apostle of the Eucharist. A guide to the interior life and to authentic Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day, his life and example continue to resonate today, inspiring all to unite faithful participation in […]

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A Symphony of the Spirit

Music and prayer, word and silence, bread and wine and ourselves are given to God in praise to become a symphony of love and self-giving. What is it about classical music that lifts us up from our ordinary existence and carries us to places where life once more has meaning and holy intention? It always […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Doorkeeper

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 Doorkeeper (Mk 13:33-37) brings us to the last of the parables found in the Gospel of Mark. As originally […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Let Us Know How to Behave Like the Saints The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. Here, in a letter to a woman he was directing spiritually, Mrs. Josephine Gourd, he writes on January 26, 1851: “Sometimes our good Master works through the […]

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