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, […]



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 […]