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Receiving From the Cup

Receiving from the cup involves a rich symbolism. It combines both the joy of a meal with the risen Lord as well as our entering into the sufferings by which we were redeemed. [This article was originally published in Emmanuel – January/February 2012 issue] In my childhood, way back when processions, novenas, and May altars […]



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Eucharistic Absence

What can we do about the increasing number of people who rarely come to celebrate the Eucharist, who seem to live quite well without it? Can those who deeply appreciate this sacrament make a difference here? In a recent collection of his poetry the Irish poet and Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney included a piece about […]







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Eucharist as Theodicy

This article was originally published in Emmanuel in 2011, issue 117, number 2. Christian thought about suffering cannot be reduced to explaining it away, in however philosophically sophisticated a way. It must rather embrace the fact that suffering lies at the heart of its formative story. (Frances M. Young1) Our opening words come from the […]