Prayer as a Wellspring for the Thirsty

If you could define prayer in a single sentence, what would you say? Over the years, I’ve heard some great definitions: “Prayer is a conversation between friends” “Prayer is a dialogue with Deity” “Prayer is resting in the arms of a loving Father” The best definition for prayer that I have ever heard isn’t even […]

Welcoming the Season of Lent

Lent is an amazing opportunity to experience the renewal, revival and restoration we regularly need to grow in our love of God and neighbor. It is spiritual spring training for the Catholic soul, stretching ourselves to offer more faithful and fruitful service, and more. Check out this video for more ideas: http://youtu.be/cHhl__mNJH4

Packing for the New Year

What to bring - What to leave behind

Travel light. My apostolate (speaking at parish missions, retreats, pilgrimages, and Great Adventureseminars) means I spend a lot of time on the road. As a “road warrior,” I travel between 150-180 days a year. All this time on the road offers me a helpful spiritual analogy for the journey of faith. Like any trip or pilgrimage […]

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The Manna from Heaven

Last week, we explored the Bread of Life Discourse in terms of it’s two movements: believing and eating.  This week, we will look at a key Old Covenant foreshadowing of the New Covenant Eucharist: the manna. You can read more about the gift of the manna in Exodus 16 and Numbers 11.  It was a unique gift of food […]

The Bread of Life

Believe and Receive

The Gospel of John has rightly been called the Eucharistic Gospel.  At first blush, this appellation may surprise some readers.  After all, the Gospel of John contains no narrative of the Last Supper that includes the words of Eucharistic institution, as the Synoptics offer us.  Instead, the Gospel is filled with Eucharistic images and language […]

Mary Magdalene

Symbol of the Church

There are few figures in the Gospels that are as fascinating to me as Mary Magdalene.  She is mentioned in all four Gospels (Matt. 27:56; Mark 15:40, 47; Luke 8:2, 24:10; John 19:25; 20:1-18) and yet we know little of her life before Jesus. Luke alone tells us that our Lord delivered her from seven […]

No Ordinary Joe

Joseph of Cyprus His name was Joseph, a Levite from the island of Cyprus.  He was very likely one of the thousands who came to Christ during Peter’s speech on the feast of Pentecost (Acts 2).  Joseph was one of the first to sell his property to help the poor (Acts 4:36-37) and is listed first among […]

St. Paul’s Hymn of Glory

  I think Ephesians is my favorite letter of St. Paul.  It is incredibly profound, while at the same time, incredibly accessible. It was widely circulated throughout the early Church because it was such a powerful catechesis on the nature of Christ and the Church (something we looked at last time). Ephesians begins, “Paul, an […]