Monthly Archives: October 2011

GIRM 10: Accommodation to New Conditions

1963/1970/2000: a far different era than 1563/1570/1614. 10. Hence, the new Missal, while bearing witness to the Roman Church’s rule of prayer (lex orandi), also safeguards the deposit of faith handed down by the more recent Councils and marks in … Continue reading

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The Catholic Way

Nice the confluence of the study of Catholic lay independence from our hierarchy and the reaction to the Vatican document on economics. As a long-time observer of Catholics, especially the internet brand, it’s all too predictable. Catholics, bishops and laity … Continue reading

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Day Trippers

The young miss and I are planning a day trip tomorrow to one of her childhood homes. This will likely be the last post till Tuesday. (Unless Neil chips in with something.) Long rehearsal tonight. I’m glad for having lost … Continue reading

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GDC 39: Minding the Field for Sowing

Just as God reveals himself through words and deeds, the human interpretation of this–believers to seekers–uses these means also: 39. Evangelization too which transmits Revelation to the world, is also brought about in words and deeds. It is at once … Continue reading

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GIRM 9: Fidelity and Variety

Don’t forget: you can find the full text of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal at the USCCB site. In today’s section, we are encouraged to recall human expressions of Catholic worship, guided through the ages, has maintained a … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Philippians 3:20-21

Since we’ve recently sojourned with the community at Philippi for New Testament Sunday readings, I thought we could take a look at one of the more brief selections for a funeral reading: Our citizenship is in heaven,   and from … Continue reading

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Flu Shots, Enter the Flu

Or something like it. I was talked into a flu shot for the first time this year. My wife, too. Should I regret it yet? The young miss, being of a “higher risk” category, nets us parents a recommendation we … Continue reading

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Another Undersea Tunnel

I wonder what Governor Palin would think about this. Someday it might be possible to take a train from Boston to Glasgow via Asia.

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GDC 38: “Revelation: deeds and words”

Pardon the delay in posting today’s section from the GDC: 38. God, in his greatness, uses a pedagogy (82) to reveal himself to the human person: he uses human events and words to communicate his plan; he does so progressively … Continue reading

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GIRM 7: The Heritage of the 1570 Missal

A bit of history: 7. In truly difficult times, when the Catholic faith in the sacrificial nature of the Mass, the ministerial Priesthood, and the real and perpetual presence of Christ under the Eucharistic species were called into question, St. … Continue reading

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1931: Another “Good” Year

Experienced coin collectors know that a depression, panic, or recession often has an effect on mintage figures. When I was a boy, I didn’t always make the connection that coins of the early 1930’s were hard to find, or priced … Continue reading

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GDC 36-37: “The revelation of God’s providential plan”

A caution with the language of GDC 36, that we don’t mistake the “certainty” of faith with the rational knowing of facts. In other words, we aren’t convinced in the same way we understand things we’ve book-learned: 36. “God who … Continue reading

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GIRM 6: “Uninterrupted Tradition”

Remember, this “newer” introduction to this GIRM edition was released eleven years ago. In today’s brief section, the modern Roman Rite is compared favorably to the Tridentine Missal: 6. When it set out its instructions for the renewal of the … Continue reading

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In The Moon

Nice story from Reuters on Russian plans to colonize lunar lava caves. They would likely provide significant shielding from the sleet of solar radiation that pummels these airless (or nearly airless) bodies. All explorers need do is seal them up … Continue reading

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Laughing At The Days To Come

As one commenter here pointed out, Christians make up 78% of the American citizenry. So why are Christians, all of a sudden, running scared contemplating being carted off to prison or being martyred for the faith? Bishops have talked about it. … Continue reading

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