Monthly Archives: March 2011

Do Catholics Have a Steak in the Annunciation?

Tomorrow is a liturgical solemnity, and on such days, the Gloria is sung and the observance of a Lenten Friday diet is lifted. My parish is still holding a Fish Fry. I think a lot of other Catholics around the … Continue reading

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What’s Up/Down at Beliefnet?

Anybody with the scoop on Beliefnet? A few years ago, the Fox-owned site was scooping up a few prominent Catholic bloggers, and the A-list was calving an A+ list. Was the cream of the Catholic blogosphere being absorbed into Rupert … Continue reading

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GILM 73-75: Main Criteria for Choices and Arrangements

73. In addition to the guiding principles already given for the arrangement of readings in the individual parts of the Order of Readings, others of a more general nature follow. Okay. We know how the readings are set up in … Continue reading

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Theological Hygiene

How can this be? They’ll know we are Christians? Man, the blogodrome is in a twitter about this one. I like the CNS link, especially the required credo, like we didn’t know: The Catholic Church teaches that the dignity of … Continue reading

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GILM 70-72: Saints’ Days and Ritual Masses

What about the celebration of a saint? How are those readings chosen? 70. Two series of readings are provided for celebrations of the Saints. 1. The Proper of Saints provides the first series, for solemnities, feasts, or memorials and particularly … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Saints’ Names for Easter Vigil 2011

Your parish has just had a bunch of catechumens sent for election, only to return as members of the Elect. The RCIA director, knocks on your door and approaches the Purple Chair with much trepidation and a list. You are … Continue reading

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Prostration

From Great Lent by Alexander Schmemann: Christian asceticism is a fight, not against but for the body. For this reason, the whole person–soul and body–repents. The body participates  in the prayer of the soul just as the soul prays through … Continue reading

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Diagnosis: Extinction

Human religion has evolved over the centuries. Is it heading to extinction in some parts? The BBC reports that using the mathematical model of nonlinear dynamics, a Northwestern University team suggests religion is going the way of the dinosaur and … Continue reading

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GILM 69: Weekdays

Let’s talk about weekday readings … 69. The weekday readings have been arranged in the following way. 1. Each Mass has two readings: the first is from the Old Testament or from an Apostle (that is, either from a Letter … Continue reading

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More Than Bible “Study”

  I’d like to ask reader assistance on an upcoming commitment of mine. Our parish’s faith formation director asked me to hold a Bible study aimed at parents (during children’s religious ed classes) and students. I’ve been assigned two Wednesday … Continue reading

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GILM 67-68: Harmony

A bit more on the principle of harmony: 67. The best instance of harmony between the Old and New Testament readings occurs when it is one that Scripture itself suggests. This is the case when the doctrine and events recounted … Continue reading

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Accusations

A prominent Catholic–not a bishop–is the target of accusations. Sex. Drugs. I hope it will all get sorted out. While I don’t care for the person’s cultivated style (I prefer friendship to hero-worship), I feel a degree of empathy. In … Continue reading

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GILM 66: Sundays and Festive Days

Many Catholics, and probably most of my readers are familiar with the principles of GILM 66: 66. The following are features proper to the readings for Sundays and festive days: 1. Each Mass has three readings: the first from the … Continue reading

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Lift High The Cross

Zenit and a host of other commentators are happy about the crucifix ruling, but I note it’s more that the symbol has been brushed off as less than meaningful. Too bad that the cross and other Christian symbols are not … Continue reading

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GILM 64-65: Choice of Texts

Continuing in Chapter IV we get to the meat of the Lectionary. Or at least the Church’s reasoning for why it’s been ordered as it has. Over the next fourteen sections (64-77) we’ll examine “The Principles of Composition of the … Continue reading

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