Monthly Archives: May 2012

No Mercy

Philadelphia blogger Ralph Cipriano isn’t sure the prosecution is on the right track in Msgr Lynn’s trial. The defendant takes the stand this week, and ADA Patrick Blessington is showing no mercy. Blessington could have dissected Lynn on the facts, … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

With the pivot of chapter 5, verse 1, this reading continues an exploration of the end we encountered in the other Second Corinthians reading for a funeral. We know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,   should be destroyed, … Continue reading

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Red Semifinal 2

Let’s wrap up the Spiritual Sixteen. One of these NPM Top-25′s will be the last to advance to the Eternal Eight. The top organ hymn in the Dance is now the top remaining seed. Will it outpoll “Pange Lingua”? Time … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 4:14—5:1

Of all Paul’s letters, Second Corinthians is the most intimate, the most revealing of the man, and the most emotional in terms of what we see in the apostle’s trials and sufferings. Not unlike the human spirit encountering the death … Continue reading

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Spiritual Odyssey

An unexpected grace: the pastor asked me to assist with setting up for a special Mass this morning. My city is hosting Odyssey of the Mind, and the father of one of the participants died. The funeral was being celebrated … Continue reading

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Apparition Norms

These norms have been out for more than three decades, but only now have they been translated into English. From the preliminary note regarding apparitions, an acknowledgement of the current situation: Today, more than in the past, news of these … Continue reading

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Red Semifinal 1

Let’s settle up in the last bracket. “Come Holy Ghost” went to overtime against “Adoro Te Devote” in round 1, then had an easier time of it against “Be Not Afraid.” The likely number one contemporary setting of Psalm 23 … Continue reading

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GDC 286-291: Conclusion

We have arrived at the conclusion of this document. If you ever want to review this series, consult the linked page at the top or on the sidebar. Let’s read: 286. In formulating the present guidelines and directives every possible … Continue reading

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Una Perspectiva

One thing I like a lot about Spanish is the expression for certain human conditions. In English, we say, “I’m sleepy.” Or, “I’m hungry.” I will need to get used to using the Spanish verb tener, to have. Instead of … Continue reading

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Remembering

My older brother passed away a year ago today. My wife puts stock in anniversaries. I didn’t do that, but I wonder … Yesterday I attended a meeting with the same group that met the day I got word of … Continue reading

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Green Semifinal 2

The sixth poll of the Spiritual Sixteen: “One Bread, One Body” was a slight surprise, edging out Ave Maria by one vote in the last round. “Ubi Caritas,” whichever incarnation was in your minds, had two very easy votes to … Continue reading

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RDCA II, 26-27: Anniversaries

According to the General Norms for the Liturgical Year: A. Anniversary of the Dedication of the Cathedral Church 26. In order that the importance and dignity of the local Church may stand out with greater clarity, the anniversary of the … Continue reading

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GDC 284-285: “Preparation of local catechisms: a direct responsibility of the episcopal ministry”

Today we talk about the virtue of a catechism as a genre of written catechesis: 284. Among the aids available to catechesis, catechisms excel all others. The note for this sentence is lengthy: The question of local catechisms has been … Continue reading

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Discussion Bad, Finances Bad, Abuse, Well …

The Holy Father shows he can scoot right quick when the whiff of financial scandal is afoot. Over a million euros vanish. Another bishop conducts a church investigation since last June. The Italian police, too. Interesting that Bishop Francesco Miccichè hasn’t … Continue reading

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Green Semifinal 1

Another NPM choice goes to bat against a piece of season music. Here’s your ballot: I find it fascinating that the NPM pollsters didn’t think  of seasonal songs. Or perhaps Christians just take Christmas and other music for granted. But I’m … Continue reading

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