The Word Among Us

August 2006 Issue


"You look just like your father," the clerk at the grocery store said to the young man. "And I can tell that you think a lot like him as well." "How do you do that?" asked the music teacher. "You sound just like Paul McCartney when you sing." "Keep working on your shots," the coach told the eager basketball player. "One day, you'll be just as good as Michael Jordan." "All of us," wrote St. Paul, "with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord . . . are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another" 
(2 Corinthians 3:18). More »

Take a moment right now to think about God's work of creation. Look at the sky on a bright and clear day. Isn't it beautiful? How about those flowers putting on a dazzling performance in the florist shop? The colors are so rich and perfect—no artist could possibly duplicate their beauty. Think of a deep, placid lake in the mountains: Is there anything more beautiful than its gleaming water as smooth as a mirror reflecting the beauty all around it? More »

In the opening of his Letter to the Colossians, Paul hinted that the first step in our walk of faith is to enter into the presence of the Lord through the power of the Holy Spirit (Colossians 1:9-12). Paul knew that this was the only way the Colossians would find the transformation that Jesus wanted to give them. In this article, we want to identify some of the ways we can expect to be changed by coming to God this way and seeking the power of his revelation. More »

Special Feature

What is it like to pray with a saint? I never expected to know. But last April, as the banners went up in St. Peter's Square calling for the speedy canonization of Karol Wojtyla, my thoughts gratefully turned to a few occasions when I had the opportunity to pray in the presence of Pope John Paul II. More »

On October 23, 2005, nearly eight thousand Chileans stood cheering in St. Peter's Square as Pope Benedict XVI canonized their country's second saint. The Jesuit priest, whose rugged features smiled down at them from a tapestry on the basilica's façade, was "truly a contemplative in action," said the pope. More »

The evidence of my failure was crystal clear. There it was, posted up on the bulletin board for all the world to see: I had flunked Physics 102. More »