Monthly Archives: April 2006

Star Trek Resuscito

The movie franchise Star Trek getting resuscitated in two years, according to lots of people online. Going back to Kirk and Company: The Academy Years, from what I’ve read. Maybe that’ll work, though I think heading a bit more into … Continue reading

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Saturn’s E Ring

Enceladus, moon of Saturn, has active geysers pounding ice particles into Saturn orbit from reservoirs just under the surface. They form the E Ring, captured here in an image with two of Saturn’s smaller moons. You’re seeing the ring edge-on … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 47

Gaudium et Spes 47 begins a chapter titled, “Fostering the Nobility of Marriage and the Family.” This section sets the table for what will follow in this chapter. The well-being of the individual person and of human and Christian society … Continue reading

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Benedict on Discernment

You can’t help but love this guy and his approach. I think Serra Clubs and other vocations-concerned groups would do well to listen more to what the pope and other good priests say about their inspiration. Zenit posted part 2 … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 46

Section 46 begins part II of Gaudium et Spes, treating “some problems of special urgency,” as the title describes. This council has set forth the dignity of the human person, and the work which (people) have been destined to undertake … Continue reading

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Looking for Helpers

Getting away from the parish for a few days: I’ll be heading to Omaha with some diocesan colleagues next Monday for planning meetings for the FDLC (Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions) Meeting next Fall in Omaha. Have you ever been … Continue reading

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Seeking to Understand the Whole Person: Brother Roger

I have been reading Brother Roger of Taizé: Essential Writings, edited by Marcello Fidanzio (Maryknoll: Orbis, 2006). Here are two excerpts that I hope you will find edifying: More often than ever before young people ask me, “What is the … Continue reading

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Music + Physics

NPR’s Science Friday looked at the Physics of Music last week. I missed the show, but I’m hoping to listen in sometime this week. It’s a great topic; a close friend took an undergrad seminar in it back in the … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 45

Section 45 concludes Part I of Gaudium et Spes. While helping the world and receiving many benefits from it, the Church has a single intention: that God’s kingdom may come, and that the salvation of the whole human race may … Continue reading

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“I Trust In You”

So, how were your Divine Mercy observances? Cardinal Sean had dozens of times our numbers, But he had rain, too. The National Shrine had a double-dip of cardinalature. We had a deacon. But the music was very fine. Here’s a … Continue reading

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KC Lay Formation

Both Rock and Amy have posted on the Announcement of Ave Maria University coming to KC to conduct lay ministry formation. I knew of the story from the Catholic Key on Thursday (the stories aren’t posted online as of tonight) … Continue reading

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Seeing the Risen Lord

In our church we have a copy of a seventh-century Coptic icon from Egypt. It shows Christ with his arm round the shoulder of an unknown friend. By this gesture he takes upon himself the burdens, the mistakes, all the … Continue reading

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Hope Monstrance

John Allen reports on a monstrance recovered from Katrina debris and mud, and restored for a papal blessing and a return for prayer use in Louisiana.

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Blogs of Children and Teens

Blogs a danger to students. The adult place in this–and I mean non-parent, non-supervisory adults–is a potential minefield. When I first began campus ministry, it was impressed on me the special need for maintaining appropriate boundaries with students, especially undergraduates. … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 44

In Gaudium et Spes 44, the Church expresses a reality both humble and confident. Just as it is in the world’s interest to acknowledge the Church as an historical reality, and to recognize her good influence, so the Church herself … Continue reading

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