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 […]

Advent Reflection: The Mother(s) of Christ

Intro Advent is one of my favorite times of the year. It spans the spiritual life, inviting us to prayerful penitence and joyful anticipation. In this four-part series, I want to focus our attention on some often overlooked aspects of this amazing season and the even more amazing Story behind it. The Mothers of Christ […]

Bread of Life 2

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 […]

Ephesus and Ephesians: Windows into what it means to be Church

Recently, I joined over 35 evangelical students and professors on a study pilgrimage tracing out the paths of St. Paul, visiting the seven churches of Revelation, learning at the locations of the first seven ecumenical councils.  While I have been to the Holy Land many times, this was my first time to modern day Turkey, […]