A Vision for Conversion

Leisa Anslinger. A Vision for Conversion: Eight Steps to Radically Change Your RCIA Process. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018.  Vi, 104p. Bibliography p. 103-104. Should the RCIA program be just for Lent? Anslinger believes it should be a year-round process. The reason is because the goal of evangelization is conversion, not only of the candidate, […]



How do we know the Father?

Bread Broken and Shared How Do We Know the Father? Introduction The Priestly Prayer of Jesus (Jn 17:1-26) is directed to God the Father. In the first section of this prayer Jesus prays that he may have the glory which he shared with the Father before the world began. He prays that the disciples may […]


Ecumenism of Blood

Ecumenism of Blood: Heavenly Hope of Earthly Communion. By Hugh Somerville Knapman, OSB.  New York: Paulist Press, 2018.  128p.   The question raised by this book is rather simple: can the Catholic Church give some formal recognition of the canonization by the Coptic Church of martyrdom, at the hands of Daesh/ISIS soldiers? The question arises […]


Communion with God in Christ

Introduction My first article for 2019 is already in the Bread Broken and Shared editor’s hands and discusses the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. In the remainder of the year I would like to focus on the Eucharist and Christian unity which may be more helpful to the readers of the […]




Joy of the Gospel and Christian Unity

The second encyclical of Pope Francis was the Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium). It is the blueprint of his papacy. This focus on the new evangelization began in the Second Vatican Council and was expanded by Paul VI in Evangelii Nuntiandi. Pope John Paul II also emphasized the need for evangelization (proclaiming the Gospel) […]


Enriching our Vision of Reality

Enriching Our Vision of Reality: Theology and the Natural Sciences in Dialogue.  By Alister McGrath.  London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2016, West Conshohocken, PA: Templeton Press Edition, 2017.  Kindle. Alister McGrath holds Oxford doctorates in the natural sciences and in Christian theology. He has written what is considered the classic work on the relationship […]


An Essay on the Development of Doctrine

John Henry Newman. An Essay on the Development of Doctrine. Forward by Ian Ker.  Sixth ed.  Notre Dame IN: University of Notre Dame, 1989/2015.  Kindle ed. Introduction Ian Ker in the Forward to the book makes a wonderful presentation of the question whether the Catholic Church has changed its teaching over the centuries. The Protestant […]