Monthly Archives: September 2012

Built of Living Stones 69: Design Criteria for the Font

Wrapping up our look at the baptismal font, the bishops offer six points to consider: § 69 § The following criteria can be helpful when choosing the design for the font: 1. One font that will accommodate the baptism of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 27: Salvation Offered To All

A good reminder that neither the Church nor its members chooses who will be evangelized and saved. God’s grace invites very soul. The question is: are we on board with the effort? 27. Evangelization will also always contain – as … Continue reading

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Bishop Clark Honored

Today’s bishops seem overpopulated with canon lawyers and not enough spiritual directors. I was glad to see one of my former bishops, one from the latter category, honored by his brothers, including the Jovial One: Only a couple of minutes into his … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 68: Tomb and Womb

Without getting into specifics, BLS opens the discussion by suggesting traditional symbolism for the design of the font: § 68 § Water is the key symbol of baptism and the focal point of the font. In this water believers die … Continue reading

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Apostleship of Prayer 2.0

I must be more attuned these days to seeing Jesuits in the news. CNS reports a revamping of the Apostleship of Prayer is in the works. Three points on its revision: making the apostleship a digital prayer network working with … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 25-26: The Unknown God

The following two sections are not superfluous, but they do cover relatively recent territory. 25. In the message which the Church proclaims there are certainly many secondary elements. Their presentation depends greatly on changing circumstances. They themselves also change. But … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 67: Font Location

Note that the sanctuary space isn’t really a traditional or a preferred location for the baptismal font. I would assume this is especially true in the (sometimes lamentable) situation of portable or movable fonts. My last parish, despite having a … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 24: A Cycle Continues

Pope Paul did not lay out this apostolic exhortation in outline form. With today’s section we reach the end of the “theoretical” part one, in which he outlines the Scriptural and theological underpinnings of a modern evangelical effort. As one might expect, … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 66: The Baptistry

BLS devotes a lot of word to their examination of the demands the baptismal rites place on church architecture and design. We’ll cover the next four sections carefully. § 66 § The rites of baptism, the first of the sacraments … Continue reading

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Secrets To Be Dashed

Well over twenty years ago, I was seeing a counselor regularly for a few years. Young adult issues surfaced in my life with a roar: sex and relationships, family-of-origin issues, compulsions and self-destructive behavior, an unpleasant boss. Nothing life-threatening, but … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 23: Full Development

How do we assess the development of faith? By the knowledgeable and accurate presentation of the evangelizer, the catechist, or the pastoral minister? Nope. When the seeker has “adhered” to a new way of life: 23. In fact the proclamation … Continue reading

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Blood and Body?

I was having a discussion with a priest friend of mine about the order of receiving the Body and Blood at Mass. I said there was no legislation in place for the laity, only custom. He said that priests are … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 63-65: The Chair for the Priest Celebrant

Let’s look at what BLS has to say about the priest’s chair:  § 63 § The chair of the priest celebrant stands “as a symbol of his office of presiding over the assembly and of directing prayer.”(GIRM 310) An appropriate placement … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 22

The witness is a first and necessary step. Then comes the proclamation of the Lord: 22. Nevertheless this always remains insufficient, because even the finest witness will prove ineffective in the long run if it is not explained, justified – … Continue reading

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Knowing and Experiencing

In the third week of the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises the believer places herself or himself with the Lord in the events of Holy Thursday and Good Friday. It’s not just a rereading of the Passion narratives. The intention is for … Continue reading

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