The Word Among Us

January 2014 Issue

Publisher's Letter

Teach Us to Pray

Happy New Year, everyone! The new year is always a good time to make resolutions—and they don’t all have to be about losing weight or more exercise. More »



Can you imagine being a disciple and watching Jesus pray before he chose the Twelve (Luke 6:12-13)? Or what if you were with Peter, James, and John on the mountain as they saw Jesus praying, and then watched in awe as he was transfigured before their very eyes (9:28-29)? Or what about seeing him go off to pray after spending the whole day and night preaching and healing people (Mark 1:35-36)? More »

As It Is in Heaven

Jesus told us to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). On one level, we are asking Jesus to come again in glory. But on another level, are asking our Father to give us the grace we need to build a heavenly life right now, here on earth. More »

Here I Am, Lord

Moses had a special relationship with God. He had the privilege of entering the tabernacle freely and talking to God “face to face, as one man speaks to another” (Exodus 33:11). Don’t you wish you could have that same experience? More »

Special Feature

Hope and Healing after Abortion

“Abortion is a carefully marketed product,” says Jo Balsamo. “Women buy the lie that it will help them. Then they’re shocked because it’s so horrible.” More »

Reach Out!

Project Rachel Ministries features a network of priests and lay people trained to provide one-on-one counseling and spiritual care, referrals to health professionals, and other types of assistance. In the US, the outreach is now entirely under the guidance and direction of the country’s bishops. More »