Entries by David Cooley

The feeding of the five thousand and the Eucharist

By Father Ryan Stenger. The only one of the miracles of Jesus that is included in all four of the Gospel accounts is his feeding of the crowd of five thousand with miraculously multiplied bread and fish. Obviously this event greatly affected the first Christians and was influential in forming their understanding of the Lord’s […]

In the sacrament of the Eucharist, why bread and wine?

By Father Daniel Schomaker. The Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life. The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ […]

Scratching the surface of ‘an inexhaustible mystery’

By David Cooley. Under the direction of Bishop Roger Foys, the Office of Catechesis and Evangelization has teamed up with the Messenger to produce catechetical articles on the Eucharist. Long-term readers of the Messenger will recognize these articles since they were published previously. However, they have been re-structured here. This series on the Eucharist covers […]

Real Presence in the Eucharist

By Father Jeffrey VonLehmen. In the Gospels Jesus says, “This is my body” and “This is my blood.” What does that mean to each of us? How is Jesus present in the Eucharist? Most of us, at one time or another, find ourselves either asking that question or trying to explain the mystery for someone […]

The Truth is ‘Out There’

By Deacon Timothy Britt. There is a show on T.V. called “The X Files.” It’s about two F.B.I. agents who investigate strange and unexplained events, like ghosts and UFOs. The show’s tagline is “the truth is out there.” I always thought of that tagline as saying that there was a rational explanation for all the […]

The Church has been here before and done amazing things

By David Cooley. It seems like a growing number of people that I’ve spoken to lately are having a difficult time finding joy in life. This worries me, especially as fall creeps in and the cold months of winter get closer. Many people seem down, cynical, defeated and tired of the way things have been […]