The Word Among Us

November 2017 Issue

Draw Near to God and He Will Draw Near to You

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Publisher's Letter

Draw Near to God

Long ago, when I was doing my graduate studies in theology, my mentor, Fr. Francis Martin, told me that the primary goal of prayer is to draw close to the Lord. When I asked him why it was so critical to draw near to the Lord, he told me that this is how we become more open to receiving what God wants to give us. More »


Receive the Living Bread

I am the living bread that came down from heave; whoever eats this bread will live forever. (John 6:51) More »

A Simple Method for Prayer

Whether we are beginning our personal prayer time, settling in to reading Scripture, or coming before the Lord at Mass, it’s always a good idea to take a few moments to focus our hearts. We can take our cue from the desert fathers or the long line of monks and nuns who have spent hours in prayer. More »

Special Feature

The Grace of Aging Gracefully

What is the “autumn of life” about, really? Are a person’s “golden years” simply a time for enduring greater physical limitations, aching for family members far away, or struggling with a sense of idleness? For first—time author Carolyn Bassett, the answer is a resounding “No!” Bassett paints a more proactive and vibrant picture of aging in her book, A Season of Grace: Embracing God’s Gifts in the Autumn of Our Lives. More »

The “Lesson of the Lepers”

I assumed that I was doing my part during the Year of Mercy. I listened to teachings about mercy. I made several trips to pass through the Holy Door at our cathedral to obtain indulgences for family members. I paid extra attention whenever Pope Francis was in the news. But then came one night, outside of a church setting, when I had the chance to do something merciful—and I passed it by. More »

Caring for God’s VIPs

“If Jesus were to return to earth today as Savior,” wrote a young Fr. Aloysius Schwartz, “if he were to come to Korea, he would choose to begin his life in a shack on the dump site at Nan Ji Do, Seoul.” This image of Jesus—the image of a poor, humble man giving himself for his needy children—encapsulates the life and ministry of Fr. Al, an American priest who was declared venerable by the Church in 2015. More »