Monthly Archives: November 2010

Another Crossroads Approaches At Catholic Sensibility

By the end of January, I’ll have reached the conclusion of our examination of the Catholic funeral rites. Every time I reach the completion of one of these ritual books, I breathe a sigh of relief. I’m sure ICEL did … Continue reading

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Merton on the Psalms of Pilgrimage

Many years ago, my wife picked up the small volume Praying the Psalms by Thomas Merton. In it, he singles out Psalms 120 through 134, used for Israelite pilgrimages to Jerusalem, as worthy of a “special love.” Perhaps these short, … Continue reading

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OCF 220-223: After the Committal, Final Prayers

After the committal prayer, the rite moves through intercessions (OCF 220), one of two sets given, or either of the two sets in OCF 407, or some adaptation of these, or some newly composed. The Lord’s Prayer follows (221) and … Continue reading

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A New Foundation

The pope has authorized “Vatican Foundation: Joseph Ratzinger – Benedict XVI” as a way to promote theological scholarship and cultural initiatives. According to Ratzinger Schulerkreis president Fr. Stephan Otto Horn, the goal is … to promote the study of Joseph … Continue reading

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Are Parades an Ordinary Ministry?

They might have done away with papal tiaras, but that’s one impressive galero: On PrayTell, the story of the priest who left home as a secretary* and returned as a cardinal. Realizing how easy it is for reform2 folks to … Continue reading

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Light on Light of the World

The pope’s new book is getting a lot of Catholic press these days: little trickles about condoms, worthiness for the priesthood, and such. One of the almost-daily reviews on Zenit highlights Benedict XVI as “a Pope who walks with us.” … Continue reading

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Saints and the World

I was thinking I needed a companion this Advent. It’s now been a month since my last retreat, and before the routine of everyday life overwhelms my experiences and memories, maybe it would be good to seek some guidance. Thomas … Continue reading

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