Eating Together Becoming One

Eating Together Becoming One: Taking Up Pope Francis’ Call to Theologians. By Thomas O’Loughlin. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press Academic, 2019. p. xiv, 174. On November 15, 2015 Anke de Bernadinis, a Lutheran woman married to a Catholic husband, asked Pope Francis if her husband could receive the Eucharist when they attend the Catholic Mass together. […]


Frequent Communion: Reward or Need?

Frequent Communion: Reward or Need? Introduction Pius IX (1846-1878) and Pius X (1903-1914) have much in common and differ in many ways as well. Pius IX lived in a time of transition.  New philosophies were affecting dramatic changes in the world and in the Catholic Church. John W. O’Malley, SJ has described these changes in […]


The Universal Christ

The Universal Christ: How A Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe. By Richard Rohr.  New York: Convergent Books, 2019. 272 p. (kindle). Richard Rohr, a globally recognized ecumenical teacher, bears witness to the universal awakening in Christian mysticism. A Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province, he is the founder […]


I Call You Friends

The last article in the Ecumenical Corner stresses the humanity of Jesus Christ and his call to all of us to be his friends (Jn 15:11-17). He has chosen us and has appointed us to bear fruit that will remain. This is his commandment, that we love one another as he loves us. He has […]


Living in Christ

Praying in Christ St. Paul says simply that through faith we live in Jesus Christ. “For me to live is Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” (Gal 2:20) We are the body of Christ. He is the head and we are the members. We are familiar with […]


River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey

Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ. River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey. New York: Random House, 2019. Sr. Prejean and Dead Men Walking are now well known. Susan Sarandon won the Oscar for best actress in the film version of Sr. Prejean’s book. A play was written as well telling the story of the nun from the […]



Christ on Trial

  Rowan Williams. Christ on Trial: How the Gospel Unsettles our Judgement. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans 2003. A trial is an attempt to find out the truth,” Williams begins his Introduction to his work on the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles. The trial of Jesus is like looking at a mirror to see him […]


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, […]