The Road to Emmaus

Every year at Easter Wednesday Mass we hear St. Luke’s account of Our Lord’s appearance to the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. This Gospel passage brings to mind the Eucharistic “amazement” that Pope John Paul II sought to rekindle in the faithful through his final encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia:

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What’s in a Name?

Many of our readers have probably heard about last week’s reply from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) on questions concerning the proper formula for Baptism. The CDF said that a Baptism conferred “in the name of the Creator, and of the Redeemer, and of the Sanctifier” or “in the name of […]

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Stand at the Bridge

I thought our readers would like to know that Emmaus Road author and frequent Lay Witness contributor Stacy Mitch has started her own blog, entitled “Stand at the Bridge.” To visit, click here. Stacy’s “Courageous” Bible studies for women have been best-sellers, and for good reason: They meet the tremendous demand for sound Catholic Bible studies, […]

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According to Luke

“Saints week” continues today with the feast of St. Luke, author of the third Gospel and companion of St. Paul. I don’t know about you, but I grow weary of study Bibles and Bible studies that go to great lengths to explain to us that so and so didn’t actually write the book of the […]

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Carelessness About Sin

This is “Saints Week” in the Church. No, the Holy Father has made no proclamation to that effect. Rather, it just so happens that October seems to have more than its fair share of wonderful feast days, and several of them occur this week. I thought they could provide the context for this week’s postings. […]

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The Book of God

The next worldwide Synod of Bishops is going to focus its attention on Vatican II’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, Dei Verbum. This pivotal conciliar document has called Catholics to draw more effectively upon the life-changing power of Sacred Scripture. And yet, Dei Verbum is not simply about the Bible. The title of this document […]

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The Family That Overtook Christ

Today is the feast day of St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153). For many people, unfortunately, St. Bernard is merely a big, lovable breed of working dog. Even those of us with Catholic sensibilities might not know too much about him. Maybe we remember that he was devoted to Our Lady (which saint wasn’t?), and that […]

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Mysteries of Light

Even though I was raised in a large, Catholic family and received 12 years of Catholic schooling, I left the Church as an undergraduate and didn’t come back until I was in my 20s. My newly rediscovered love for Christ not only led me to study His teaching, but also to take a fresh look […]

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