Monthly Archives: October 2008

A Nebula For Halloween

Here’s an astro-image for the holiday: the Witch Head Nebula lit up by blue supergiant Rigel. The Star Shadows Remote Observatory has a really nifty version on the Astronomy Picture of the Day site. Just to give some perspective, this … Continue reading

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PCS 66-70: Ritual for the Visit to a Sick Child

I won’t relay the entire wording of these sections, but just cover a few highlights. The pattern is the same as it was for a non-sacramental visit: reading, response, Lord’s Prayer, concluding prayer, blessing. How to adapt for kids? Shorter … Continue reading

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PCS 62-65: Visits To A Sick Child

One of the Vatican II reforms was to address sacramental rituals to children. Prior to the council, adult rites were not only the norm, but the only pattern available for the ministers of the Church. The rites for Pastoral Care … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Psalm 43:3-4

Today’s Word snack leaps ahead one counted psalm from yesterday. Some might say it concludes the experience of longing for God: finding the light and following it with faith. Let’s read: Send your light and fidelity, that they may be … Continue reading

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How Many Committees?

CNS reports another assignment for Cardinal George: the committee that oversees follow-up to the synod on the Word just completed plus prepares the next synod. I don’t mention this as an indictment of him because of his softness on sex … Continue reading

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PCS 57-61: Visiting the Sick

The Church considers the visit to the sick, or a significant part of it, to be liturgical. As such, when there is no sacrament to be celebrated, the minister, the sick person, and the family and friends will celebrate according … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Psalm 42:6 (or :12 or 43:5)

Scripture scholars think Psalm 42 and 43 are one unit, given the common refrain that appears twice in the 42nd numbered psalm and once at the end of the 43rd. While the romantics among us are attracted to the deer … Continue reading

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