Monthly Archives: January 2010

Count and/or Pray

Cheer Pray for your bishop or count down the time till the door hits his butt on the way out of the cathedral. Another study in contrast brought to you courtesy of the internet age. Curious that one site utilizes … Continue reading

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Misdiagnosis: Sacraments

The pope’s comments on annulments were getting some attention here and there this weekend. It’s hard to comment on incomplete statements, so I’ll just touch on the underlying assumption here that people seeking annulments are already in second marriages. They’re … Continue reading

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Candlemas – The Meeting

(This is Neil) This coming Tuesday is the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, or Candlemas. The readings can be found here (or, alternately, here). The learned Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar, Geoffrey Rowell, in his Credo column for the … Continue reading

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On Self-Mortification

Count me singularly unimpressed on hearing the report that Pope John Paul II practiced self-mortification. There’s quite a long discussion at dotCommonweal about it. From CNS: Msgr. Slawomir Oder, postulator of the late pope’s (sainthood) cause, said Pope John Paul … Continue reading

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When Bad Things Hover Around Good People

A few words on bad experiences with church musicians. Like many people I succumb to the temptation to gossip. I was not good at avoiding it when I was young. Things on this blog and in others’ comboxes probably slip … Continue reading

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RCIA 287-290: Finishing Up Rite of Election

Let’s wrap up the Rite of Election for children of catechetical age. As with the adult rite (134) RCIA 287 lists intercessions, but only one set. Just a sample of a petition that has been edited: That together we may … Continue reading

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Thomas Aquinas and Ecumenism

(This is Neil) The editor of New Blackfriars has generously made a number of articles about Thomas Aquinas freely available. One of them is Yves Congar’s “Saint Thomas Aquinas and the Spirit of Ecumenism,” originally published in 1974 (see here … Continue reading

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RCIA 282-286: Rite of Election, part 1

The Rite of Election for children of catechetical age unfolds mostly as it did for adults. We’ll cover the red-n-black of these nine sections briefly over this post and tomorrow’s, just noting the differences from the adult rite. RCIA 282 … Continue reading

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Draw Some Music

I haven’t posted links to music in some months. I have some recordings, but none are really in finished form. I have a rough take of a setting of Isaiah 12. The text of the verses is Rev Carl F. Daw’s … Continue reading

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RCIA 281: Homily at Election

The outline of the Rite of Election for adults and the one for children of catechetical age are virtually identical. The additions for young people are two: the inclusion of parents in the affirmation by the godparents, plus an optional … Continue reading

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Pope On The New Media

So I see the pope is promoting the New Media as a tool for evangelization. Good. The bishops laughed at the suggestion back in 2008 that the pope should start a blog. And naturally, St Blog’s sees this as sort … Continue reading

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Day 8 – Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2010

(This is Neil) Day 8 Theme: Witness through Hospitality Text – Have you anything here to eat? (Luke 24:41) Readings Gen 18:1-8 Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves Psalm 146 He who gives justice to … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Saints’ Names 2010

Evangelization hums along pretty well in your parish. Your colleague, the RCIA director, speaks with you about this year’s crop of catechumens. A good group, you hear, but with the possible taint of heresy.  That perks your ears. You’ve been asked to … Continue reading

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Msgr Marini on Participation

I’ve wanted to get back to Msgr Marini’s much-touted and much-promoted address on reform2. One of the weakest points of his talk is his treatment of participation. He does concede that the principle of participation is all over the Vatican … Continue reading

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RCIA 278-280: More on Children at Election

Let’s crunch together these three sections of instruction on the Rite of Election for children of catechetical age. For the basic principles and discussion, the Rite of Election is covered in RCIA 118 and through to section 135. RCIA 278 … Continue reading

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