Monthly Archives: September 2008

PCS 13-15: Asking, Plus Two Other Considerations

Liam is right in the comments on PCS 8-12: Catholics should learn and know to ask for anointing for mental illness as well as physical. Anointing recovering addicts should be a standard practice. 13 In public and private catechesis, the … Continue reading

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Mercury and Mars Monday

Lots of news on Mars these days, including images of snow falling: Cool. Also lots of news coming up on Mercury as the Messenger probe readies itself for a science survey on flyby number two next week. (T)he Gamma-Ray Spectrometer … Continue reading

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Bail

I don’t know what to think about economic news today. But maybe I can channel what some of my neighbors are thinking. My family and I recently bought a new home for six figures. Six-and-a-half orders of magnitude smaller than … Continue reading

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Archangels

Have you a favorite? Mine would easily be Raphael, the emissary sent to respond to the prayers of Sarah and Tobit. Each in turn prayed for death as a better alternative to their sufferings. Sarah had been afflicted by a … Continue reading

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PCS 8-12: Recipients of the Anointing of the Sick

Who may be anointed? This is the question pastors and pastoral care ministers have attempted to address since Vatican II. The sacrament formerly known as “extreme unction” was delayed until the time of death. So there were a lot of … Continue reading

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Organization

I’ve been tinkering with the blog format a bit over the past several weeks. Have you noticed the new images at the top? Another item I should’ve done long ago was to better organize the categories. All those Latin names … Continue reading

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PCS 5-7: Anointing of the Sick

Why have the traditional Churches embraced anointing of the sick as a Sacrament? Our understanding of a sacrament as a sign instituted by Christ to give grace has that passage in the letter of James as the most obvious witness, … Continue reading

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PCS 1-4: Human Sickness and its Meaning in the Mystery of Salvation

The rite of Pastoral Care of the Sick begins with a General Introduction. In this discussion, I’ll adopt the acronym PCS for easier reference. Not as commonly heard as “RCIA” but hopefully helpful. The Church begins with a brief philosophical … Continue reading

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Catholic Youth + Bible

A connection that’s not getting made as it was with post-conciliar adults or perhaps youth of a previous generation, according to a piece on a CNS page focusing on next month’s synod on the Word. (T)he same enthusiasm that sent … Continue reading

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Pastoral Care of the Sick: Rites of Anointing and Viaticum

Over the next several weeks, we’ll examine the first of the “mark II” ICEL translations from the 1980’s, the Roman ritual for Pastoral Care of the Sick, subtitled, “Rites of Anointing and Viaticum.” As most liturgy geeks know by now, … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 36-39

Before we get to the cake and punch reception, there is still the Eucharist to be celebrated, plus the concluding rites. LITURGY OF THE EUCHARIST 36. The rite for the can celebration of Mass is followed with this change: 37. … Continue reading

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Disappointment

I’ve been at the office all day, so I missed the young miss reporting on her audition for the middle school play this afternoon. She’s had her focus on trying out for the part of the wicked witch of the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Memorizing the Eucharistic Prayer

A number of priests I’ve known know some or all of the Eucharistic Prayers by heart. I was noticing the other day my new pastor pretty much not glancing at the Sacramentary while praying the Roman Canon of all prayers. … Continue reading

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Ordination Rites: Ordination of a Bishop 27-35

The gospel book is taken away from above the new bishop’s head, then it is handed to him after anointing. 27. After the prayer of consecration, the deacons remove the Book of the Gospels which they have been holding above the … Continue reading

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New Yankee Rectory?

MLB pitcher and author Jim Bouton is disappointed about the new Yankee Stadium. I like his metaphor. I may be a Yankee-hater, but I like the metaphor: (I)t’s like tearing down St. Patrick’s Cathedral and building a new one across … Continue reading

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