When you want to serve and offer your help, you may find yourself involved in the liturgy in this special way. You work side by side with respectable gentlemen who have been altar serving since they were 10 years old and with dignified ladies who came to this parish when their first child entered the […]
See this short, movie about our brother and sister from Rwanda, soon to be canonized – Cyprien and Daphrose. Hope it will inspire you. EC Blog Team
A Thursday night in April. Our household is in charge of organizing an hour of praise and adoration at the St John Paul II Shrine in Washington, DC. We try to be on time. We have songbooks, instruments, paper and pencils to write prayers intentions to be traded in for Bible passages. Inside the chapel, […]
«How did you become a priest? …» children often ask me. Well, I think God sent me a first hint when I was about seven or eight years old. The school master (a diocesan priest) had shown us a movie: «Marcelino, pan y vino». The story of a baby abandoned at the door of a Monastery, […]
During this Divine Mercy Retreat at St. Genevieve’s lovely church, I felt very welcomed by familiar and new Emanuel Community members. This experience allowed me to spend some more quality time to think of our Lord and expose myself to His presence. Elise, HS sophomore Throughout the Emmanuel Community retreat, I had a nice and […]
… or how Heaven answers unsaid wishes. It was the middle of May, the «Month of Mary». Our parishes used then to organize an evening prayer every week in a different place. People would then prepare a nice altar and some flowers, and a statue of Our Lady between candles. Our turn came to provide […]
I was surprised to hear him proposing to me. I got confused because I was trying to peacefully end my first relationship when Serge came. I knew him as a decent person with faith, intelligent, joyful and cool…
In the past two+ weeks fifteen couples shared their “Love Stories” in this blog, leading us to this celebration of St. Valentine’s day and drawing us closer to the Source of their love. However, the beauty of a sacramental marriage continues – beyond the St. Valentine’s day, beyond Ash Wednesday, into the Lent, and all […]
March 1980, New York, both attend a day of prayer and recollection and are distracted. ;-) by each other’s presence.
My first impression of him was: stiff, serious guy that never smiles and knows nothing about the “real world”. He was not the kind of guy I wanted to hang out with.
We first met while playing frisbee on my college campus. Although Autumn doesn’t remember meeting me, I certainly remember her.
Although both French, born very near each other in Paris within one month, we met in New York City. Eva was a student and Bertrand was an intern. We were then 23 years old.
The love story below is far from the “happily ever after” promised in fairy tales and Disney movies. All the more so, then, does it testify to the grace that comes from the sacrament of Holy Matrimony.
Marie and I met sometime in the fall of 1998 through the LifeTeen youth group at our parish in Austin, TX. Marie was born and raised in Texas while my family and I are from Milano, Italy.
Soon after Christmas, Tom invited me to go ice-skating on what seemed to be the most frigid day in Minnesota. This, of course, was the first of many dates that followed.
In early December of 2009, I received a message from an American man living abroad in Italy. My first thought? “Oh no! Not someone abroad!” I ignored the message and went about my business.
We were both 37 years old and realized we pretty much each knew what we wanted in life. We asked a married couple to help us ask each other the right questions in order to discern, to make up our minds and see if we wanted to get married together.
In 2011 Chris and Hannah were in their first year of law school. Both were focused their studies but also on staying near the Lord.
We met for the first time at the ages of 18 and 22 but it was only a few years later, through an Emmanuel Community Youth prayer group, that we started to get to know each other better.
In the summer of 2005, Amy was preparing for a World Youth Day pilgrimage in Cologne, Germany when Thomas first contacted her through AveMariaSingles