Posts in category Inspirations

Ruins (Amos 9, 11)

From childhood on, I had been aware of the dramatic degradation and loss of large parts of the beautiful heritage, in which God called us to exist… The Breton countryside is rich with innumerable picturesque chapels that the Breton folk built from the XIIIth to the XVIIIth century, until the French Revolution. The state of […]

The Communion of Saints – my fa...

I like to profess all the mysteries of our faith, wondering at each of them with the Rosary (when not falling asleep). It’s worth taking the time again and again, to catch a glimpse of their richness. Yet it seems that it’s like knitting a Jacquard colored pattern: you have knitting needles and one ball […]

Divine Mercy Novena

As we celebrate the Sacred Triduum, recounting the events of Christ’s Passion and Resurrection, I encourage you all to take advantage of the great graces offered through the Divine Mercy devotion with the Novena, which begins today, on Good Friday, in preparation for Divine Mercy Sunday, the first Sunday after Easter. On April 30th, 2000 […]

And God was in the cup!

There is often a particular pleasure in looking closer at very ordinary things. I find it fascinating to observe the beautiful flowers painted on my coffee-cup. Morning breakfast becomes a treat. The artist who decorated the cup, obviously relished in painting every leaf, petal, bud and stem of the roses, the «forget-me-not» and butter-cups that […]

Ash Wednesday & Valentine’...

We recently celebrated the Feast of the Presentation, a day dedicated to all the forms of consecrated life. At the end of the parish liturgy, the priest called for all the consecrated (or discerners) to stand in front of the altar. He then gave us each a white rose in gratitude for our “yes” to […]

Our Lady of Prayer: “I will bring hap...

Saturday, December 9th, members of the Emmanuel Community all over the world (including us in Alpharetta / Gainesville GA) experienced the renewal of the Consecration of the Community to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The solemn consecration ceremony took place in the Sanctuary of L’Ile- Bouchard. Many of you may not have even heard […]

Please come and join me

How simply inviting your friends, classmates and co-workers to mass could be the new normal way to evangelize. Find new ways to spread the word of God to every corner of the world Pope Francis Making evangelization concrete has never been so simple. Sometimes you just need to stop elaborating big plans and sophisticated ideas […]

TED Talk From Pope Francis

In the first papal TED Talk, Pope Francis shares a message of hope. A great way to start New Year! Colleen (OH)

Keeping the Faith

Earlier this week, I dropped my daughter off at preschool and as I was driving home, I began to reflect on this season of Advent. As I have been waiting for Jesus, I recognize that the disposition of my heart has not been particularly vigilant or joyful. I have waited with a burdened heart and […]

American Liturgy

When we came from France, 11 years ago, we started attending mass at the French parish in Washington, DC (St Louis de France) and at the closest American parishes. We wanted to inculturate. Then two of our children attended a Catholic American school (St Jane de Chantal, in Bethesda, MD), and the immersion became more […]

Pope Francis and the Rohingya’s...

Last week, I found myself in tears watching a short coverage of Pope Francis latest diplomatic trip visiting Bangladesh. In the Archdiocese of Dhaka, His Holiness received 18 “Rohingya” refugees, a Muslim ethnic minority persecuted in Burma. Pope Francis welcomed, caressed and listened to their stories of violence and terror. “The presence of God today […]

Gift of gratitude

If the only prayer you said was thank you, that would be enough.” ― Meister Eckhart Thanksgiving is the very special time of the year, when we think about all our blessings. I believe we should be thinking about them every day—but often in the everyday craziness it’s hard to stop and reflect. It’s hard […]

The Theo-Drama: When Christ Calls, He...

A memory I keep going back to during the past three months was when I found myself at sunset at the peak of the French Alps, overlooking a large valley. I’m in France this year because I’m discerning a call to the lay consecrated vocation within the Emmanuel Community. Since I’m the first American man […]

The Internet, neo-paganism and the Co...

In our own home, where we try to create as St John Paul II named it a small domestic church, it seems that nothing can stop the flow of bad stuff from the whole world. Whether they look for it or not, as soon as they go on the Internet our own children receive harsh […]

Invitation to pray Rosary

In the spirit of the month of October dedicated to Our Lady: enjoy this inspiring invitation to meditating the Rosary. Richard and Danelle

October – Month of the Rosary

October This is the Month of the Rosary. I’m going to stand firm, rosary in hand, and nothing will take me away from my good resolution. Our Holy Mother will be the center of my everyday life and She’ll take me closer to Jesus, in the light of the Holy Spirit. Take a look on […]

Daily Consecration to Our Mother Mary

This year that marks the 100th anniversary of Fatima apparition the Emmanuel Community celebrates a Marian year, dedicated to Our Lady. The consecration to Mary is a daily living practice for EC members that reinforces of our desire to follow God’s will, leading to a greater love of Christ and the Church. The intercession of […]

First times

In the northern hemisphere, September is the month of first times. The very first time in primary school, then in middle school, then again in high school, a never ending back-to-school cycle. And then there is the first time in college, and later your first job… Then comes the next step: we take our children […]

Pierre and the Emmanuel Community

Joyous feast of the Annunciation! March 25th is also the anniversary of the death of Pierre Goursat, the founder of the Emmanuel Community. Here’s a new video that beautifully shares the path of Pierre and the Emmanuel Community. Note: Click on the cc button at the bottom of the video for subtitles in English or other languages.  […]

Pierre Goursat – Anniversary

Pierre Goursat – Anniversary

The Cause for the Canonization of Pierre Goursat will soon be on its way to Rome! In light of Pierre Goursat’s anniversary two days ago, here is an article from the Community International newsletter: Over six years have passed since the opening of the Cause for the Canonization of Pierre Goursat on 7th January 2010. […]