The Word Among Us

Easter 2014 Issue

Stories of Encounter

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Publisher's Letter

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In a homily last year, Pope Francis said that hope is “much more than simple optimism for Christians. It is constant expectation, it’s a gift from the Holy Spirit, it’s a miracle of renewal that never lets us down.” More »


Stories of Encounter

Hallelujah! Christ is risen! Sin is defeated, and we have been redeemed! More »

Do You Love Me?

Scripture tells us that Jesus didn’t just reveal himself to people like Mary Magdalene and the Emmaus disciples—people who were on their own and locked in their grief. It tells us that he appeared to all eleven apostles as a group, to a few apostles on a fishing boat, and to more than five hundred followers at once (1 Corinthians 15:6). These must have been joyous, happy occasions, a combination family reunions and miraculous revelations of God’s power and redemption. More »

Pulling Down Walls

Nine-year-old Jerzy Kluger could hardly contain his excitement: he and his best friend, Lolek, had been admitted to the same middle school. Bursting to share the news, he raced to Lolek’s house, then to nearby St. Mary’s Church, where his friend was serving Mass. The liturgy was still in progress, so Jerzy slipped into a back pew. He wondered why two women nearby kept whispering and staring at him. More »

Special Feature

Keeping the Flame of Faith Alive

“Why did you convert to Christianity?”I am often asked this question during my frequent trips to the United States and Europe, and it always amuses me. More »

Knights on a Mission

It’s a lay institution with a medieval-sounding name, with roots that tradition dates back to 1009 and the First Crusade. “The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem has an almost thousand-year history,” Pope Francis affirmed at an international gathering of the group’s leaders last September. “Yours is one of the oldest charitable orders that is still active.” More »