Monthly Archives: September 2012

Built of Living Stones 77-78: The Chapel of Reservation

The bishops give two brief sections to direct the planning of a separate Eucharistic Chapel: § 77 § The diocesan bishop may direct the parish to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in a chapel separate from the nave and sanctuary but … Continue reading

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Where Do We Look?

I was recently introduced to the writings of artist and evangelist Lilias Trotter. You’ve probably never heard of her. You have to search deep in the engines to find ample material on her life. All of her books seem to … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 32: Christian Liberation Message Rooted in Christ

With the recent discussion on liberation, Pope Paul was careful to note that simply advocating for liberation is not enough, even if the impulse is generous and positive in intent: 32. We must not ignore the fact that many, even … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 74-76: The Location of the Tabernacle

It’s interesting that the bishops do not reference the post-conciliar document Eucharisticum Mysterium and its suggestion for a separate chapel where a prayerful place is needed in a busy community. Despite having grown up in parishes with tabernacles on the old high … Continue reading

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Psalm 126: The Lord Has Done Great Things

The 126th comes up in the 30th Ordinary Sunday Lectionary, cycle B, the end of next month. I appreciate the assistance of my friend Lynette who rendered my setting nicely: The Lord Has Done Great Things Note: Gratis permission is … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 31: Charity and Justice

Because human beings exist in both the anthropological and the theological realms–it is how we were created after all, liberation and evangelization are linked. Pope Paul cites the connection as “profound.” Do you find that stated too strongly? It is … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 72-73: Tabernacle

The bishops cite canon law to ensure that the tabernacle is one, worthy, suitable, etc.. And above all, safe: § 72 § The general law of the Church provides norms concerning the tabernacle and the place for the reservation of … Continue reading

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Variations on an Examen

Only one of my spiritual directors ever suggested I do a daily examen. With such a rousing endorsement, I never found my way into the practice. Or the practice never found its way to me. In my recent reading on … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 30: Liberation and Evangelization

More reflection on liberation, which, we should all realize, is not a political dirty word for conservatives, but a quality of freedom which is an aspiration human, and God-willed. 30. It is well known in what terms numerous bishops from … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 71: Making the Connection, Adoration to the World

Vatican II, especially in the post-conciliar working out of the liturgical directives of Sacrosanctum Concilium, addressed how we find Christ and relate to him in the reserved Eucharist and what impact this has on the Mass, and how the Mass … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 29: In a Personal and Modern World

By necessity, evangelization takes place in a setting both personal for the seekers and in a world climate of very real, if slowly shifting concerns: 29. But evangelization would not be complete if it did not take account of the … Continue reading

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On “My Wife”

I’m seeing a third century quote attributed to Jesus getting a load of blogplay the past few days. I think I’m going to stay on the fence and not read too much into/of this stuff. Even if genuine, which I … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 70: The Reservation of the Eucharist

The reservation of the Eucharist was begun for practical reasons. Adoration came later: § 70 § Christ present in the eucharistic species is a treasure the Church has come to cherish and revere over the centuries. The reservation of the Eucharist … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 28: Eschatology To Pragmatic

Pope Paul VI leaps from the eschatological concerns of the end things (death, heaven, final judgment) to the ways evangelization manifests in the here and now. Is it something beyond us? Not at all. It is part of our human … Continue reading

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Popularity Or Adulation?

Most Christians might agree that too much of anything is likely a bad thing. A common meme/theme of the past few years among some internet Catholics is that “popularity” is a questionable thing. A pastor never preaches on “bad” things like … Continue reading

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