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Following the Lead of the Spirit

How can those involved in pastoral ministry and Church leadership manifest the Spirit’s gift of wisdom? A group of young students was sailing from the mainland of Nicaragua to the island of Utila, some 40 miles to the northwest of that Central American nation. The students had never been there and when the trip began, […]

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Graham Greene on the Eucharist

What do three powerful stories about the priesthood and the Eucharist reveal about Graham Greene’s sacramental worldview? Graham Greene (1904-91), one of the leading English novelists of his generation, was born in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, studied at Berkhamsted School, where his father taught and later became headmaster, and went on to graduate from Balliol College, Oxford […]

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Ernest Skublics and the Sacraments, ‘In Piam Memoriam’

What is the connection between the sacraments and the Trinity and why is it important? Ernest Skublics (1936-2019), Theologian Ernest Skublics was a very fine liturgical and sacramental theologian. Just a few weeks after his death on April 9, 2019, his final book Plunged into the Trinity: Our Sacramental Becoming, Essays in Sacramental Ecclesiology was […]

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Charles Williams on the Eucharist

What might romantic love tell us about the Eucharist and our relationship with God? Charles Williams (1886-1945), a prolific lecturer, poet, playwright, novelist, biographer, literary critic, and lay theologian was born in London and studied at Saint Albans School and University College, London. He joined the staff of Oxford University Press at the age of […]

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C. S. Lewis on the Eucharist

How did the beloved author C.S. Lewis understand the mystery of the Eucharist? Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was a British scholar and lay theologian known for his studies in Medieval and Renaissance literature, his popular expositions of the Christian faith, his Perelandra space trilogy, and his famous Narnia tales. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, his […]

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The Call to Holiness From Glory to Glory: The Saints Below and the Saints Above

How have Catholic and Methodists grown together in their understanding of holiness and the sacraments? Since January 1967 Methodists and Catholics have been engaged in an international dialogue on various questions which are shared and divide the two Christian communions. After the breakthrough on the question of justification by faith between the Lutheran World Federation […]

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Two Books or Three Books to Read?

Can the results of human creativity and ingenuity be pathways leading to God? Where do we find God? Where does God speak to us? Several answers can be given. One traditional answer is to speak of the two books God has given to us, namely the book of the Bible and the book of creation. […]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment: A Sacramental Act of Love of Neighbor

Does our sacramental worldview call us to divest from fossil fuels? The poor communities around the world are already the early and disproportionate victims of the current ecological degradation and we cannot remain indifferent any longer to the increasingly desperate “cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Laudato Si’, 49).1 A call […]

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Discovering the Dynamic Spiral of Ministry: Exploring Insights of Recent Popes

Pope Paul VI, Pope John Paul II, and Pope Francis all express that the Church must be missionary. How do they propose we live out this missionary calling? Energy, dynamism, and growth are common images evoked by the simple word “spiral.” A spiral connotes advancing action, increasing or developing movement. And yet, a spiral, even […]

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The Unity That Only Eucharist Can Achieve?

When it comes to migration, does the Eucharist unite or divide us? One of my favorite lessons with my theology and ministry graduate students is to have them look out an assigned window, in clusters of at least three, for approximately five minutes, and record individually what each sees. Inevitably they learn about the limitations […]

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