Monthly Archives: December 2010

Alienation

The liberal news blog Crooks and Liars gets its claws into Pope Benedict’s recent statement blaming the 70′s for pedophilia. Any conservative Catholics feel like going into the lion’s den on this one? I sure don’t. I find the commentariat … Continue reading

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How Do You Know?

Just finished up the second of two New Year’s Eve weddings. Nice couples, both. The parish priests split ‘em, each taking one. So I got to hear two different wedding homilies tonight. I was struck by Fr Jon’s homily in … Continue reading

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OCF 350-351: Morning and Evening

The OCF references the GILH for the most-appropriate “hinges,” Morning and Evening Prayer: 350. At morning prayer the Christian community recalls “the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, the true light enlightening all people (see John 1:9) and ‘the sun of … Continue reading

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OCF 349: Why the Liturgy of the Hours?

The paragraph that follows is one of the best summaries of the importance and purpose of the Liturgy of the Hours: 349. In the celebration of the office for the dead members of the Christian community gather to offer praise … Continue reading

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1909 S

Gold, and to a lesser extent, silver, had been the primary work of federal government’s branch mint in California since 1852. They had to do something with all the precious metal they were finding in pans and such. Rather than … Continue reading

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Neotraditionalism Struggles

An interesting confluence of commentaries in the Catholic blogosphere today. California Catholic Daily spent eight days straining the “NCR heterodoxy” from John Allen’s piece to trumpet the joy of a “new curia” under Pope Benedict. Paul Inwood reports on the … Continue reading

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Holy Family 2010 Alleluia, Gospel, and Homily

My pastor, Fr Jon Seda, had a really good homily on Holy Family Sunday. He spoke of the distinction between dysfunctional families and holy ones. Holy families do not lack conflict, but they know how to resolve it and move … Continue reading

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OCF 348: Part IV, Office for the Dead

Part IV of the Order of Christian Funerals gives instruction, rubrics and other texts for the Office for the Dead. For an in-depth discussion of the Liturgy of the Hours, I refer readers here to the archives under the category … Continue reading

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Will Jeffrey Take the Bait?

A very stimulating discussion is in progress at the Chant Cafe on liturgical music. A side discussion on Sing to the Lord, has elicited a challenge: do a  Catholic Sensibility-style discussion on the document there. Invite comments through the lens … Continue reading

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OCF 347: Antiphons and Psalms

Did you know that the Order of Christian Funerals contains a Psalter? OCF 347 gives a simple introduction to the twenty-seven pages that follow: The following psalms with their antiphons may be chosen for use in various places within the … Continue reading

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Some Books

This is not a commercial to buy science fiction books. Just some thoughts. Connie Willis’ publisher came out with part two of her enormous tome Blackout/All Clear a few months ago. This one story about time travellers in 1940 Britain … Continue reading

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What It’s All About

I don’t really follow the NBA, but I like this comment: I think the NBA is so important to Christmas that what we really need to do is increase from five games to 10, and we need to start them … Continue reading

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The Better, The More?

I had a nice chat with a parishioner after 10:30 Mass this morning. Her dad came up from the Des Moines area for Christmas, and the family attended Midnight Mass with Lessons and Carols here. (I wish I could have … Continue reading

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More Annunciations: Dreaming of Exile

Some musicians get pretty literal about the texts of the songs they sing during the Christmas season. In some musical repertoires, no mention of the Magi is permitted until Epiphany. Somebody tell that to the framers of the Lectionary. Today’s Gospel … Continue reading

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OCF 343-346: Part III, Texts of Sacred Scripture

Let’s have a location check. OCF Part I covers the primary rites: prayers at death, vigil and related rites, funeral liturgy, and committal. Part II concludes with OCF 342–the last post in this series that covered rites and adaptations for … Continue reading

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