Monthly Archives: March 2012

Micah and a Bedtime

In NPM’s survey, one of these songs just barely missed a top-ten spot. The other song I used to sing to my daughter at bedtime when she was little, though I used to improvise new lyrics. Make a choice today, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Bishops

It all depends on whether they’re alive or dead. Mark Silk at RMS spells it all out, and it’s not pretty, by any definition: At the sexual abuse trial in Philadelphia yesterday, counsel for the defense contended that Msgr. William … Continue reading

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GDC 199: “Catechesis in relation to Judaism”

Relevant documents contributing to this section would be Nostra Aetate, especially section 4. Also of note is the Secretariat for Christian Unity’s Commission for religious relations with Judaism’s 1985 document, Jews and Judaism in Catholic preaching and catechesis.  The former document … Continue reading

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GIRM 386: Adaptations

Chapter IX, the last chapter of the GIRM begins: 386. The renewal of the Roman Missal carried out in our time in accordance with the decrees of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council has taken great care that all the faithful may … Continue reading

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More Service, With Stars

Let’s see how “Here I Am Lord” matches up with a classic Advent text and tune, “Creator of the Stars of Night.” Dan Schutte had been writing liturgical music for well over a decade when “Here I Am, Lord” was … Continue reading

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GDC 197-198: “Catechesis in the context of ecumenism”

Ecumenism: ah! Let’s remember that when we speak of ecumenism, we refer to the relationships between Christian communities, not the exchanges of Christians with those outside faith in Christ. The note with the title of this section refers to no less than … Continue reading

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GIRM 382-385: More on Masses for the Dead

There’s a bit more on Masses for the Dead: 382. At Funeral Masses there should usually be a short Homily, but to the exclusion of a funeral eulogy of any kind. Which isn’t to say that remembering the deceased isn’t … Continue reading

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Lies, Darned Lies, and Abductions

I attended an Iowa campus ministers’ meeting today. One of the points touched on was the value of mentoring young people. Young people in ministry have a fire and a drive. They want to do great things, and sometimes the … Continue reading

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Precious and Pescador

Two songs with different pedigrees: gospel and Spanish folk. Our third consecutive 5 versus 12 match-up. “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” was reportedly the favorite hymn of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. It has some recognition in mainstream Catholic circles, … Continue reading

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GDC 195-196: “Catechesis and popular devotion”

These two sections fall under the heading of “Catechesis and popular devotion,” referenced in previous documents: the General Catechetical Directory 6; Evangelii Nuntiandi 48; and Catechesi Tradendae 54. I’ll let you read through the sections, then I’ll offer a concern or … Continue reading

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Hypervelocity Planets

An illustration of human willful ignorance of the vastness of space. This Universe Today piece titled “Can ‘Warp Speed’ Planets Zoom Through Interstellar Space?” Astronomer Avi Loeb: These warp-speed planets would be some of the fastest objects in our Galaxy. … Continue reading

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GIRM 379-381: Masses for the Dead

Catholics do foster that connection with the dead. It’s a good thing for those on Earth, as it affords a ministry of comfort and reflection. 379. The Church offers the Eucharistic Sacrifice of Christ’s Pasch for the dead so that, … Continue reading

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CitE* Watch: Bridgeport to Baltimore

There were days when the appointment of a bishop in a faraway diocese was no news at all, and barely news within the diocese. A bishop might–might–matter to the clergy. The people? Pshaw. These days, too many episcopal appointments are big … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 8:14-23

Toward the end of Saint Paul’s “Gospel of Hope” (Romans chapters 5 through 8) another very appropriate passage for the funeral liturgy: Those who are led by the Spirit of God   are children of God. For you did not … Continue reading

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GDC 193-194: “Catechesis in complex and pluralistic situations”

GDC 193-201 are congruent to Part Four, Chapter IV, Catechesis in the socio-religious context. Simply put, how do we do catechesis in context of other people? People of other faiths, people of no faith, and others in human society we … Continue reading

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