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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Hold On to the Anchor of the Will of God The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on March 21, 1851, Father Eymard wrote to Madame Franchet, reminding her that if turmoil in our lives causes something […]

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Pope Francis’ Remarkable Ecumenical Record

Pope Francis has made contacts with ecumenical and interfaith leaders a defining priority of his ministry as the bishop of Rome and leader of the Catholic Church. Why is this so important? Pope Francis has made many headlines since he was elected pope and bishop of Rome in 2013 after Pope Benedict resigned at the […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Net

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 Net (Mt 13:47-50), which is peculiar to Matthew, reiterates motifs from the Parable of the Wheat and […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

You Are All His as He Is All Yours The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many in his day. In a letter on December 8, 1867, Father Eymard expresses his spiritual closeness to Josephine Gourd and her daughter Stephanie, while recalling their attachment […]

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An Advent Reflection on the Blessed Virgin

At the center of God’s great redemptive plan is Mary, chosen, loved, and offered as the mother of the Messiah and as an exemplar for all who follow him. God foretold the coming of the Messiah by the Virgin Mary through the prophet Isaiah, and in keeping with this plan of redemption, in the fullness […]

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Pope Francis and the Spirituality of Christmas

What kind of love does Advent/Christmas call us to remember and to imitate? Christian life intersects with, is illuminated by, and revolves around the two great mysteries of Christmas and Easter. At Christmas we celebrate the mystery of the incarnation — the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. During Holy Week and Easter, we focus on […]

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Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Precious Pearl

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 concerning the Pearl of Great Price (Mt 13:45-46) is twin with that of the Hidden Treasure, but it has […]

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Counsels for Spiritual Life from Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Leave the Past to His Goodness and Sanctify the Present The Apostle of the Eucharist was also a guide to the interior life and to Eucharistic spirituality for many. In a letter to Ms. Giguet on July 20, 1856, Father Eymard urges her to accept the cross of the physical pain she is suffering as […]

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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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