Posts in category Testimony

From the Heart of a Child

From the Heart of a Child

Yesterday evening, we were doing a late spring family project of repainting the deck by the pool. It was such a wonderful time with my two youngest children F., seven, and J., five. We were taking turns scraping the old paint off and wiping down with a rag the dirty areas and sweeping up the […]

Help Our Brother During His Year of D...

Two young people from the Emmanuel Community in North America are preparing for an upcoming year of mission and formation. Read David’s story below and Nancy’s story here. We ask you to keep them both in your prayers this year and to consider supporting them financially. The Emmanuel Community will match your donation amount.  You […]

Support our Sister on Mission at ESM ...

Support our Sister on Mission at ESM Manila

Two young people from the Emmanuel Community in North America are preparing for an upcoming year of mission and formation. Read Nancy’s story below and David’s story here. We ask you to keep them both in your prayers this year and to consider supporting them financially. The Emmanuel Community will match your donation amount.  You […]

What is Praising? 

What is Praising? 

Praising is to give thanks for the blessings or crosses in our lives and to recognize what God is doing for us. The Gospel is a story of praise. “Without joy,” Pope Francis says, “we Christians cannot become free, we become slaves to our sorrows. Sad, hopeless, anxious Christians cannot advance the Gospel”. On many different occasions, Pope Francis has […]

Praying For America

Praying For America

In the last few days, many churches in the USA have actively invited parishioners to pray for the presidential elections. Vigils in front of the Blessed Sacrament, rosaries and silent prayers during the night have taken place everywhere in the country. Rather than indicating names and parties, the Church has suggested Catholics a clear direction […]

Saint Paul and the Search for an Unco...

Saint Paul and the Search for an Unconditional Faith

Today first reading depicts a heavy hearted Saint Paul harshly redressing the Galatian community of Christians.(Galatians 3:1-5). For years, Saint Paul had taught them and proclaimed the resurrection of Christ and the power of living in the Holy Spirit over customary Jewish law. Yet their struggle to move from the framework of their human understanding of the law to a real life in the Spirit is undermining Paul’s tireless efforts and […]

Martha & Mary

Martha & Mary

For the duration of the summer I have prayed through the intercession of both Saints, especially for the Emmanuel Community in New York. After hearing the gospel about Martha and Mary on a mid-July Sunday, I was prompted to pray especially for our small community in New York City region. I had in mind to […]

A Pilgrimage of Mercy, part 3

A Pilgrimage of Mercy, part 3

In this three-part series of posts, the Emmanuel Community in the Philippines share some testimonies from their pilgrimage to the World Youth Day in Poland this summer. A Pilgrim of Mercy I am Csherina, a 26-year old Catholic Filipina. I came from a town east of Manila named Antipolo. I grew up in a simple family […]

A Pilgrimage of Mercy, part 2

A Pilgrimage of Mercy, part 2

In this three-part series of posts, the Emmanuel Community in the Philippines share some testimonies from their pilgrimage to the World Youth Day in Poland this summer. This sharing is from Mary Ann, a 30 year old Filipina. She says, “Beyond blessed to have the chance to be a pilgrim in Poland, at a time when […]

A Pilgrimage of Mercy

A Pilgrimage of Mercy

In this three-part series of posts, the Emmanuel Community in the Philippines share some testimonies from their pilgrimage to the World Youth Day in Poland this summer. Dear brother and sister in Christ, Greetings of Peace! My name is Elizabeth, Indonesian, but I live in the Philippines since 2013, joining ESM Manila as one of the […]

In Search of Joy

In Search of Joy

Joy was the first thing that drew me towards the Emmanuel School of Mission. Staying at a hostel in Lourdes on a winter college break, I met some alumni of ESM Paray (Emmanuel School of Mission, formerly called EIFE). Their joy was tangible and before long, I was signing up for the school’s Easter retreat […]

Amazing Story of God’s Love

God’s love is with us every step of our lives, even through the difficult times. This is a beautiful testimony to being faithful to God and His plan for each one of us. Used with permission – from Moving Works.

A reflection on Mercy

A reflection on Mercy

The Hour of Mercy The hour has come, from so long away Another lifetime has passed, before judgment day A soul released beyond body, beyond world To the choice between self or the mercy of God’s Word Was Faith like a rock and defended as is Or was it like sand that was molded by […]

God’s Mercy!!

God’s Mercy!!

God’s Mercy! This past winter, my mother-in-law was scheduled for surgery at a countryside clinic in Brittany, France . The whole surgery was supposed to last one hour. While she was in the recovery room, her blood pressure suddenly started going down. The doctors rapidly figured out that she had an internal hemorrhage from the […]

Pentecost weekend through the eyes of...

After the weekend in Allentown – all the way back home – our kids couldn’t stop talking about the experience they had had there. We asked them to write down some of the things they were saying, and here they are for all of you to read: I had a great time. The most I […]

EC Gathering and Mission in CA

EC Gathering and Mission in CA

A few weeks ago we gathered for the very first Western U.S. Emmanuel weekend. More than twenty members of the community scattered across the country, mostly from different parts of California and Texas, came together in Orange County, CA for two days of praise, teachings, Adoration, and fraternal time. For me personally and for so many […]

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part ...

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part 2)

LENT: A Family’s Journey (Part 2) If you think our Lenten promises have already created a holy household, you are probably too optimistic about us, or you haven’t seen us in action! As you may know, we have started Lent with great enthusiasm and a list of daily sacrifices. Our pre-teenage girls had decided to […]

Third Mercy Night in New Jersey!

Third Mercy Night in New Jersey!

On Friday, February 12, 2016 the third Mercy Night in New Jersey was held at the Church of Saint Bartholomew in Scotch Plains! Again, I have asked one of my brother seminarians and close friend, Deacon Daniel R. Peterson, to offer his testimony on the Mercy Nights he has experienced. Danny has been at all […]

Our Family Reflection: for Lent!

Our Family Reflection: for Lent!

This lent is off to a great start! Each of the kids, for the first time, are excited and interested in taking part in lent. In the preceding week, the older kids mostly ( aged 10 and 11), but even the little ones (4 and 6), were excited about the things they were going to […]

Community Day in the Snowstorm

January: an interesting Community Day for the PA group. Jonas, the first heavy snow storm brought icy blizzard and blocked roads, canceled trains and flights – the weekend the PA group had scheduled their monthly meeting. Offices, schools and shops were closed, and churches had reduced attendance. Yet PA Emmanuel Community defeated Jonas, and the […]