The Word Among Us

April 2013 Issue

Publisher's Letter

Faith That Transforms

In his homily at the opening Mass of the Year of Faith last October, Pope Benedict XVI said, “If today the Church proposes a new Year of Faith and a new evangelization, it is not to honor an anniversary, but because there is more need of it, even more than there was fifty years ago. . . . Today, more than ever, evangelizing means witnessing to the new life, transformed by God, and thus showing the path.” More »


Why Are You Weeping?

If Good Friday was the worst day in the disciples’ lives, imagine what the next couple of days must have felt like. With the trauma of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion still raw in their minds, they also had to begin contemplating a future without this rabbi whom they had followed for so long. More »

My Lord and My God!

The apostle Thomas is best remembered as the doubter—a stubborn realist who needed hard evidence before he would believe that Jesus had risen from the dead. But this label gives us only one view of the man. More »

He Saw and Believed

You can always tell what is in a person’s heart by the way he or she reacts to unexpected news. It was easy for King Solomon to settle a dispute between two women by the way each of them reacted when he suggested that a baby be cut in half (1 Kings 3:16-28). More »

Special Feature

Simply Bernadette

Everyone knows a little about the story of Lourdes. In 1858, the Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady to an impoverished shepherd girl in a grotto in France. More »

A Miracle at the Foot of the Cross

There I was, kneeling before the five-and a-half-foot cross in my parents’ prayer room, but this was no ordinary prayer time. I had in my hand the sharpest knife I could find. More »

Touching the Heart of God

I want to speak of one small aspect of the life of prayer, namely, meditation. And what is meditation? It means “remembering” all that God has done and not forgetting his many great benefits (Psalm 103:2). . . . More »

The Greatest Invitation in the World

"I have called you friends,” Jesus told the disciples at the Last Supper (John 15:15). And that’s the invitation he gives us as well. More »