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January / February 2020


January and February are months where we often find ourselves contemplating the passage of time. We look forward with hope as a new calendar year begins, and we also recall the nature of passing things with the approach of the Lenten season. The theme of time, so beautifully portrayed in Nicora Gangi’s cover painting entitled, “The Time is Soon,” unifies many of our articles in this issue. John Thomas Lane, SSS begins a series in our Pastoral Liturgy column exploring the deeper meaning of the Liturgy of the Hours. John Zupez, SJ ponders eternity and the fruits of our work in time. While Michael DeSanctis explores how a young, un-churched generation encounters historic sacred spaces. These in addition to Dennis Billy CSsR’s examination of Flannery O’Connor’s eucharistic theology and Lisa Marie Betz’s thoughtful scripture reflections mark the unfolding of the liturgical year.

Table of Contents


From the Editor
From the Editor (January / February 2020) Free Article
by Anthony Schueller, SSS
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing
Eucharistic Teachings
Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist
by Dennis J. Billy, CSsR
Eucharistic Liturgy
Built of Living Stones at 20 Free Article
by John Thomas Lane, SSS
Pastoral Liturgy
How to Pray the Liturgy of Hours
by John Thomas Lane, SSS
Breaking the Word
Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics
by Sister Lisa Marie Belz, OSU
Eucharist & Culture
Eucharist & Culture (January/February 2020) Free Article
by Various Authors
Eucharistic Witness
Issue Credits

Articles


From the Editor


Free Article

From the Editor (January / February 2020)

There are moments and experiences in life that lift our sights beyond the immediate. This is true for all of us, lay, consecrated religious, and ordained. It might [...]

Eucharist: Living & Evangelizing


Our Good Deeds Follow Us: A Reflection on the Secondary Joy of Heaven

Everyone wants to experience the joy of heaven, but how do our good deeds affect our eternal joy? There are places in the New Testament where we are told that our [...]

Keeping Time: Jazz and a Eucharistic Perspective of Time

How does the Eucharist shape your experience of time? I have a running joke with a longtime leader of music ministry at my local parish. It started once when we were [...]

Eucharistic Teachings


Flannery O’Connor on the Eucharist

The Catholicism of the great twentieth century author Flannery O’Connor is well documented, but what can we glean of her eucharistic theology? Flannery O’Connor [...]

Frequent Communion: Reward or Spiritual Need? The Continuing Relevance of the Eucharistic Teachings of Pius IX and Pius X

Who were the voices promoting frequent communion during the First Vatican Council and ensuing years? Who are those voices today? Introduction Pius IX (1846-1878) and [...]

Eucharistic Liturgy


Free Article

Built of Living Stones at 20

What does the Church teach us about designing liturgical spaces? Take a moment to think of a beautiful building that moves you, or that holds a special place in your [...]

Free Article

Church Buildings and the Disciplining of the Mind: Bringing an Un-Churched Generation into Sacred Spaces

With beautiful historic church buildings crumbling, and Catholic demographics shifting, how do we share the rich heritage of sacred architecture with an un-churched [...]

Eucharistic Spirituality


Pondering the Parables: The Parable of the Faithful and Wise Servant (Mt 24:45-51)

Jesus asks us, “Who is the faithful and wise servant… ?” (Mt 24:25) The parable of the faithful and wise servant begins with a rhetorical question:  “Who, then, is [...]

Eymard Along the Journey: Eucharistic Reflections of Saint Peter Julian Eymard

January On January 25, 1865, Father Peter Julian Eymard began what became known at the “Great Retreat” in Rome at the Redemptorist Villa Caserta on Via Merulana, [...]

Pastoral Liturgy


How to Pray the Liturgy of Hours

How do we make the Liturgy of the Hours a vital part of our parish prayer live? A previous series of columns (in 2012) detailed the important aspects of each piece [...]

Breaking the Word


Scriptural Reflections — Homiletics

January 1, 2020 The Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God Numbers 6:22-27; Psalm 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8; Galatians 4:4-7; Luke 2:16-21 The Church concludes the Octave of [...]

Eucharist & Culture


Free Article

Eucharist & Culture (January/February 2020)

Art • Music • Film • Poetry • Books Art Review THE TIME IS SOON Nicora Gangi Pastel 2016   John Christman, SSS People who have a sacramental worldview often [...]

Eucharistic Witness


Eucharistic Witness (January/February 2020)

Philip C. Kolin Hattiesburg, MS For the last seven years, I have committed to spend one hour each week from 1:00am to 2:00am in prayer before the Blessed Sacrament [...]

Issue Credits

Editor Anthony Schueller, SSS
Art Director Manager John Christman, SSS
Layout Kay Vincent
Circulation Manager Elizabeth Zaller
Book Review Editor Patrick Riley
Photography

Keith Chevalier
Br. Gary Laverdiere, SSS

Board

Lisa Marie Belz, OSU
Paul Bernier, SSS
Thomas Dragga
James Menkaus
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM

Cover

THE TIME IS SOON
Nicora Gangi
Pastel, 2016