Monthly Archives: September 2006

Lumen Gentium 44

We continue our close examination of Vatican II’s look at religious life in a lightly footnoted section. The faithful of Christ bind themselves to the three aforesaid counsels either by vows, or by other sacred bonds, which are like vows … Continue reading

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The Ticking Time Bomb Scenario

As I’ve mentioned, I usually don’t post on politics. I wouldn’t be very good at it. A few days ago, however, I suggested that you read Bishop Thomas Wenski’s September 19 letter on military commissions and the proposed amendments to … Continue reading

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On the Bookshelf: Ice Cold and Space

I’d recommend this excellent book if your interests lie in history, mythology, travelling, or in cold places. Joanna Kavenna‘s The Ice Museum takes a look at the mythical land of Thule and explores that theme to the farthest populated regions … Continue reading

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Participatio Examples

Richard asked for some specifics on our participatio topic, so let me give these a shot before bedtime. * Is a dialogue response in the readings necessary to ensure PA in this part of the liturgy? Not so much: *can* … Continue reading

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Bum Knee Undoes Catholic Channel Kickoff

Rock blogs on the delay in the launch of the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio. While I’m sympathetic to an ailing guy recovering from surgery, I confess being perturbed that knee-replacement is going to throw a temporary wrench into … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Communion Services

Over at Amy’s there’s an amazingly calm and relatively short thread on Communion Services. This is the liturgy celebrated when a priest is not available. After readings and some of the prayers used during Mass, and under the leadership of … Continue reading

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A Little More on Participation

One of the temptations of blogging is to comment (often loudly) on subjects about which one knows relatively little. I will resist the temptation here. I don’t have the erudition to provide an interpretation of “actuosa participatio” in Sacrosanctum Concilium. … Continue reading

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More on Participatio

Liturgy posts guarantee a bump in traffic, and a few guests from the traditionalist camp don’t hurt things either. Let’s get right to the task and respond to some of the good questions posed yesterday in the “Participatio” thread. First, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 43

Chapter VI is a new horizon in Lumen Gentium, and it treats religious life in the Church. Let’s read first that aspects of religious life are divinely ordained, church-approved and regulated, and that the diversity to which they give rise … Continue reading

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Participatio Whateverotio

If I were blogging from square one today, and inclined to a de rigueur Latin title, I might consider a different name for this operation. In all my internet liturgy discussion, I’m continually amazed at the liturgical revisionism going on … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 42

A wrap-up for the “universal call to holiness” begins with an appeal for the greatest gift: “God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God and God in Him”.(1 Jn. 4, 16.) But, God pours out his … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 41

The council gets specific on what exactly this call to holiness should look like for various members of the Church. First, encouragement that one’s personal gifts will guide: The classes and duties of life are many, but holiness is one-that … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 40

More on the universal call to holiness: The Lord Jesus, the divine Teacher and Model of all perfection, preached holiness of life to each and everyone of His disciples of every condition. He Himself stands as the author and consumator … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 39

A new post, a new chapter. Let’s read about “THE UNIVERSAL CALL TO HOLINESS IN THE CHURCH“ The Church, whose mystery is being set forth by this Sacred Synod, is believed to be indefectibly holy. Indeed Christ, the Son of … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 38

The council gives a little pep talk as it wraps up an examination of the role of the laity within the Church: Each individual lay(person) must stand before the world as a witness to the resurrection and life of the … Continue reading

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