Monthly Archives: June 2005

Presbyterorum Ordinis 18-21: Aids to the Life of Priests

That’s what part three (consisting of sections 18-21) is entitled. First, on aids to encourage the spiritual life … priests share the celebration of the Eucharist, Word and Sacrament, with the laity. They should avail themselves of the sacraments of … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 17: Priests and Poverty

Presbyterorum Ordinis 17 tackles poverty. In sum, it encourages clergy to practice voluntary poverty. Some highlights: By living in the world, let priests know how not to be of the world, according to the word of our Lord and Master. … Continue reading

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Ready or not?

As a space geek, I want to see the space program thrive with both a human presence in space as well as far flung robot/computer probes. The space shuttle has been a problem from the beginning: a good concept awash … Continue reading

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Contest

It won’t tell you your IQ, which Harry Potter character you “are,” or score points with your credit card holders, but … Vote for your favorite Cassini photo.

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 16: On Celibacy

(Celibacy is to be embraced and esteemed as a gift). Perfect and perpetual continence for the sake of the Kingdom of Heaven, commended by Christ the Lord and through the course of time as well as in our own days … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 15: Readiness for Service

Among the virtues that priests must possess for their sacred ministry none is so important as a frame of mind and soul whereby they are always ready to know and do the will of him who sent them and not … Continue reading

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Presybterorum Ordinis 14: A Healthy Balance in the Priestly Life

Continuing an examination of Presybterorum Ordinis, the Vatican II document on the Life and Ministry of Priests, section 14 treats the need for balance in a priest’s life. Reiterating previous points made on adhering one’s life to Christ and the … Continue reading

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On The Eucharist

from Neil In a very interesting article in the Christian Century, the Anglican priest Samuel Wells reminds us that, in the Eucharist, elements of bread and wine are taken, blessed, broken and shared. Rev. Wells continues: “The significance of these … Continue reading

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Pastor boots kids from RE

Tracking Mass attendance by bar-coded collection envelopes, a pastor has denied 300 kids seats in 2005-06 RE at a Staten Island Parish. Already much discussed on open book, a few more thoughts:   – What if the priest took his … Continue reading

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History of Western Music

Graham Abbott of Australia is midway through a “survey of Western music history.” You can catch up on music history in this series of 55-minute programs. The first two programs are heavy on sacred music: very informative how things developed … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 13: Holy Priests

Priests who perform their duties sincerely and indefatigably in the Spirit of Christ arrive at holiness by this very fact. So Presbyterorum Ordinis 13 asserts. First by attending to God’s Word: giving and receiving: Since they are ministers of God’s … Continue reading

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Grass Clippings in Chicago

The June USCCB meeting has some interesting stuff, as reported by CNS. Lay ecclesial ministry merited some discussion, and a forthcoming major document will get continued discussion in November.     People seem to think highly of Cardinal George, but … Continue reading

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Sights Astronomical

First, check out the small moon Pan’s influence on Saturn’s Rings.   Second, when the sun goes down the next few nights, check out the planetary gathering near the western horizon: Venus, Mercury, and Saturn. The three are aligned within … Continue reading

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Presbyterorum Ordinis 12: Seeking Holiness

Presbyterorum Ordinis 12 is a pep talk to encourage priests to stay on the track toward holiness. Like all other Christians (priests) have received in the sacrament of Baptism the symbol and gift of such a calling and such grace … Continue reading

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Too Strong?

Toni, in the comment boxes below, criticized me for belittling Karl Keating. Her sensible commentary gave me pause. Perhaps my sarcasm was over the top. I have to admit the “smaller, better” Church argument really, really bothers me. I find … Continue reading

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