Issues

  • November / December 2019

    As we bring another publishing year to an end, our issue offers quite a variety of articles for your reading and prayer. You will find Michael DeSanctis’ winsome “A Crib Fit for a King” and John Zupez, SJ’s examination of language and liturgy, “Is the Mass a Propitiatory or Expiatory Sacrifice?” There is Part II of James Kroeger’s reflection on popular piety and Dennis Billy’s continuing series on the Eucharist in the writings of various theologians.

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  • September / October 2019

    Redemptorist Dennis J. Billy continues his series on authors and Church figures who wrote on the Eucharist, in this issuing focusing on the late Jean Vanier, one of the founders of L’Arche and a man of extraordinary grace and consistent witness to the dignity of every person. There are other articles and features for your reflection and prayer as we move into the rhythm of a new pastoral and academic year.

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  • July / August 2019

    Redemptorist Dennis J. Billy continues his series on authors and Church figures who wrote on the Eucharist. He introduces us to the prophetic witness Catherine de Hueck Doherty, who sought to enrich Western Christianity with insights from the Eastern Church and also served the poor. Mary Jane Romero, OSB, offers a beautiful reflection on the sacramentality of the Church. We hope that these and all that this issue has to offer will be a blessing for your summertime reading and prayer.

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  • May / June 2019

    As we bring the “pastoral year” to a close . . . in the fullness of Easter joy, in the celebration of great solemnities and feasts, in seasonal rites of first sacraments, graduations, and weddings, and in the transition to summer Ordinary Time, may the Eucharist be your nourishment and strength!

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  • March / April 2019

    I believe you will find this issue of Emmanuel filled with rich, diverse fare . . . as well it should for two months that include the end of winter Ordinary Time, the great penitential season of Lent, the Sacred Triduum, and the beginning of Easter Time. I would especially like to call your attention to an article written by Peter J. Riga, whose work appeared in this journal two or three times a year. He died suddenly in March 2018. Weekly, an envelope or two would arrive from Peter, often addressed only to “Emmanuel Editor, Op-Ed.” He wrote on a wide range of topics: politics, society, morality, church discipline, theology, and spirituality. How fitting that one of his last pieces sent should be entitled “Can We Offer Our Sufferings?” May he now offer his praise in God’s presence!

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  • January / February 2019

    This issue introduces us to two men who lived in the energy of Vatican II. As a young auxiliary bishop, Marcos McGrath attended the first session of the council, was inspired by its agenda, and dedicated himself to renewing the local church he served in every aspect of its life and mission, particularly with regard to the role of the laity. Basil Pennington was a Trappist monk and one of the founders of the Centering Prayer Movement that promoted an ancient form of scriptural prayer for a new age. The Eucharist was important to each of them. James Kroeger, MM, concludes his reflection on the missionary challenges of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress, challenges applicable everywhere in our world. I suggest reading “A Celtic Prayer” in the Eucharist & Culture section as a starting-point. Let us be gentle with the Eucharistic bread Christ blessed for us!

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  • November / December 2018

    A good place to begin is with Dennis J. Billy’s “Fulton Sheen on the Eucharist,” highlighting the genius of the perennially-popular churchman and TV personality, and James H. Kroeger’s introductory article on the missionary challenges of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. For more seasonal fare, read Caroline Rood’s meditation on Mary and Peter Schineller’s “Pope Francis and the Spirituality of Christmas.” Scripture reflections, poetry, reviews, and so much more! Please consider gifting others with a subscription to the Magazine of Eucharistic Spirituality!

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  • September / October 2018

    October will bring the canonization of two new saints: Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero. You might begin with Maryknoll missioner James H. Kroeger’s reflection “Pope Francis and Vatican II’s Saintly Popes” and Robert Sanson’s “Saint Oscar Romero’s Eucharistic Transformation.” Or linger in September for a while, pondering Owen F. Cummings’ “Thoughts about Catechesis in Today’s Church.” Underpinning it all is Ernest Falardeau, SSS’ “The Universal Call to Holiness,” which is deepened by our participation in the Lord’s Table.

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  • July / August 2018

    The summer issue of Emmanuel focuses every year on the social dimension of the Gospel. Richard Gribble, CSC’s article offers insights into what it means to live counterculturally, in imitation of the prophets and Jesus. Next, I suggest you read Victor Parachin’s essay on Dom Helder Càmara, a prophetic figure of the Church in Brazil, and Peter Riga’s short reflection, “Poor at Heart.” You will also find articles commemorating two August anniversaries: the 150th anniversary of the death of Saint Peter Julian Eymard (August 1) and the 40th anniversary of the passing of Pope Paul VI (August 6). There is “A Poetry Retreat” for your meditation and prayer; also scripture reflections by Emmanuel’s former editor Paul Bernier, SSS. Enjoy!

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  • May / June 2018

    May and June bring us much to reflect on, as does this issue of Emmanuel. We rejoice in the power of faith at work in us as we are transformed by the gift of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost and by the gentle, persistent in-breaking of God into our lives as ultimate mystery. We wrestle with understanding God’s mercy more fully and living it ourselves. We find inspiration in the life of a prophet like Dorothy Day and in the symphony of the Spirit which is the Eucharist.

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  • March / April 2018

    This issue offers diverse perspectives on the mysteries of Lent and Easter and on our efforts to live and proclaim them. You’ll find everything from Redemptorist Dennis Billy’s careful analysis of the very intentional Catholic philosophizing of G. E. M. Amscombe to Michael DeSanctis’ gentle musings on the existential journey of his oldest son and daughter, from Peter Riga’s essay on prayer to a few of my own thoughts on Eucharistic spirituality as “living as Jesus lived.” Enjoy, too, the beautiful seasonal scriptural reflections of John Barker, OFM. God bless you!

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  • January / February 2018

    We hope that you enjoy this first issue of the new publishing year, Emmanuel's 123rd. I want to thank all of our authors and contributors. In a special way, thanks to Paul Bernier, SSS, John Barker, OFM, and Barbara Shanahan for writing our scripture reflections (Breaking the Word) for the coming year, and to Dianne Bergant, CSA, for her reflections last year and for setting up this special relationship with scholars and board members from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. A blessed 2018!

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