Monthly Archives: July 2008

FIYH 81-83: More Method

It was Sacrosanctum Concilium that described the ideal experience of liturgy for worshippers: inspiration that the Christian life may be more evident and better lived in the world outside of liturgy. Where the homily is concerned, the preacher is charged … Continue reading

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Mary of Magdala

Her feast, today, is a good day to reflect on her role in the mission of Christ. Her title, Apostle to the Apostles is an apt one, as is the egg which she is depicted holding in many icons, especially … Continue reading

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FIYH 78-80: Homiletic Method

Most of the remainder of FIYH will be under the get-to-it heading of “Homiletic Method.” This “Chapter” IV moves from the theory of people, preacher, and homily to the practical methods one can employ. As we read through these first … Continue reading

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Older Couples Adopting

My wife and I were in our forties when we adopted our daughter. A Catholic Charities adoption was not a real option for us. The Archdiocese of Dubuque had a limit for prospective parents: age thirty-nine or younger. A person … Continue reading

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FIYH 74-77: Challenges for the Preacher

The bishops describe the challenge pastors of large parishes know well: [74] But is it really possible to create this readiness for praise and thanksgiving in congregations as large and diverse as those in which many of us minister? In these … Continue reading

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Carnival 63

Jon Voisey of the Angry Astronomer blog hosts this week’s carnival of space, the 63rd installment. It’s really a very worthwhile read–not at all something that will suck you down into some cosmic drain. I hope to get cracking on … Continue reading

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On Form II, Locally

Form II of Sacramental Reconciliation, commonly known as “communal” reconciliation with individual confessions, seems to get a lot of attention in my new parish. The pastor told me they do it “several” times a year here. I had a personal … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Matthew 22:35-40

Ah! The greatest commandment. Let’s read the evangelist tell it: One of the Pharisees, a scholar of the law, tested Jesus by asking,      “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” He said to him,      “You shall love … Continue reading

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FIYH 71-73: Challenges for the Congregation

Authentic pastoral ministers know that being “pastoral” is not akin to spoonfeeding the laity and coddling their every experience. Conversion is a challenging and often troubling experience. If the encounter with the Living Word uncovers the need for metanoia, then the … Continue reading

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Higher Love

Perhaps soon the tropical beach will drop to number two in the eyes of engaged couples seeking exotic knot-tying locales. Rocketplane Global plans to cater to folks who want to express a higher love. That’s going to have to include a higher … Continue reading

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FIYH 69-70: A Pastoral Approach

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd, and I know mine and mine know me.” (John 10:14) This is the origin of the adjective “pastoral,” an important term even if it is occasionally misapplied.  [69] In the last analysis the only proper … Continue reading

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FIYH 68: Limits and Possibilities

The next ten numbered sections fall under the heading of “The Limits and Possibilities of Liturgical Preaching.” The bishops ask six questions many clergy and most concerned Catholics might frame: [68] But isn’t all this too limited a view of … Continue reading

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On Liturgical Music

(This is Neil.) Let’s begin with a very basic question: Why does music have a place in the liturgy? In an earlier post, I quoted the Princeton theologian Gordon Graham, “[W]e need to conceive of music as a vital instrument … Continue reading

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Alternative to Apologetics

Zenit ran this interesting piece on various contemporary musicians spreading the Gospel in the days leading up to WYD. Interesting was this comment from a guitarist and seminarian, Bernard Drumm: A lot of young Catholics have been brought up with … Continue reading

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Dancing into WYD

The cardinal doesn’t appear drastically overdressed in this image from WYD. Contrast to cultural or native dress from these young women. It’s probably a relief for him to get away from the public pressure on him these days. I was … Continue reading

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