Posts in category Inspirations

I am a gnarled tree

As I was quietly walking along the brook, marvelling at the golden leaves slowly whirling down onto the running stream, a tree approached me. Indeed, I thought I heard it speak: «I was once a healtly sapling, that an old lady planted here, in memory of her deceased son. I was supposed to grow slim […]

The young dove – a parable by M...

On the roof of the Temple, a dozen white doves were balking in the first rays of a lovely morning sun. A pair of fledglings enjoyed the gorgeous view from the place and they loved to hear the cooing of the large pigeons, jealously courting along the rosy tiles… One day, the beautiful calm suddenly […]

The power of the Mass

Do you sometimes struggle at a Mass to stay focused? To truly believe in what really is going on at the Altar? You are not alone. Someone has created this short video – just over 3 minutes – to re-inspire Catholic in their participation in the Holy Eucharist. Watch this, and get re-inspired! Patricia & […]

The teacup

It was Jim and Jenny’s present. They had noticed that I liked fine china. They offered me a teacup sitting on a saucer-tray. I left the thing in my summer cabin, where I would use them whenever I stayed at the restful place in the woods. The cup was their friendly presence there. Every morning […]

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel ...

Listen to the teaching by our dear sister Rosemary – for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Fresh from the Emmanuel Community USA youtube channel. EC blog team (US)

The Wealth of Kinship

It is good to have parents. A father and a mother. It is also good to know one’s grandparents. Two men and two women: four different persons. We are thankful to them, for their four bloods are running in our veins, making each one of us, a unique and precious being. I take pleasure in […]

The Dogwood And the Cherry Tree

As I was walking along the brook, my eyes were attracted by an unusual sight: dogwood flowers and cherry tree flowers seemed to spring from one single plant… As I drew near, I noticed that both trees were so closely knit that their branches appeared as though stemming from one common trunk. From the intertwined […]

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 […]