The Word Among Us

May 2016 Issue

A New Law for a New Life

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I Delight in Your Will

Obedience is a rather unpopular virtue today, and few people want to hear about it. How much they would value and seek it, though, if they could see it as an element of real love! Jesus himself made the connection between love and obedience when he said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). More »

Jesus Christ Is Lord!

Once they had received the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the apostles didn’t keep this good news to themselves. More »

A New Law for a New Life

There is more in Luke’s story of Pentecost that we have yet to touch on. It’s something that gives us the key to understanding almost everything in the New Testament. More »

The Love of God Poured Out

We all know the basic story of Pentecost: the apostles, gathered in the upper room, were filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to preach boldly about Jesus. But there’s so much more to the story than this brief outline. More »

Special Feature

“God, If You’re Real . . . ”

When I was in my early twenties, I would have laughed at the idea that God could be my friend. I treated religion like a jigsaw puzzle, piecing together new beliefs as I found them. German philosophy, Eastern mysticism, pantheism—all of these held greater appeal for me than my parents’ Catholic faith. But none of them spoke to me of a personal friendship with God.
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God’s Joyful Runner

Recently I caught up with a friend I hadn’t seen for awhile. “So, are you still running around like a teenager?” he asked me. More »

A Heroic Human Duo

“Holy martyrs, Perpetua and Felicity, pray for us.” Though I often have heard Perpetua and Felicity mentioned in litanies of saints and in prayers of the Church, I never used to give them much thought. I did have a vague sense that they must have been important to be singled out. But they seemed distant and exalted, far removed from my ordinary life as a wife and mother. More »