Monthly Archives: July 2011

Summer Magic Realism

I’ve been delving back into fiction this summer. I’ve been mostly disappointed by fantasy and sf as of late. I was looking up promising books that veer close–magic realism. Alice Hoffman’s The Story Sisters was recommended. Not a book that … Continue reading

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Washing Wedding Feet

One of my friend-bloggers has upcoming nuptials, and writes of rings. What are y’all hearing about unity sand? I have to confess it seems a little curious. When I first heard about it, I visualized the couple creating a mandala. … Continue reading

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Next Monday’s Australian Solemnity

Liturgy texts for the Australian solemnity of Mary McKillop are available. I know I don’t have many readers from Oz, but a few notable things: Entrance and Communion antiphons, but nothing for “Offertory”/Preparation of Gifts. Rome affirmed a request by … Continue reading

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The New Sunday

The comic page has discovered the Catholic exodus to Saturday afternoon. I’m of mixed feelings on this move. I went to Saturday Mass in college, but that was more because my close friend played in the ensemble. I like the … Continue reading

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Free To Say No

I worked for a parish many, many years ago. It had a solid, well-deserved, and virtuous reputation as a progressive faith community. But my predecessor had a problem. She was a very attractive and persuasive person, and drew a good … Continue reading

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Liturgiam Authenticam 15

What are the responsibilities of the bishops’ conference? 15. It will be the responsibility of the Conference of Bishops to determine which of the prevailing languages are to be introduced into full or partial liturgical use in its territory. Their … Continue reading

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We Need Martha

A colleague offered a prayer themed on Saint Martha yesterday at our staff in-service. She shared a remarkable image (not the one below) of the industrious saint of Bethany: an olive-skinned woman with piercing dark eyes, fists on hips, in … Continue reading

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