Monthly Archives: September 2012

Built of Living Stones 61-62: The Ambo

Two brief sections on the ambo: § 61 § The central focus of the area in which the word of God is proclaimed during the liturgy is the ambo. The design of the ambo and its prominent placement reflects the … Continue reading

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The Goodness of the Lord

I composed this psalm for friends over twenty-seven years ago. I noticed the comment from a visitor asking about a musical setting of Psalm 33 for a wedding. I have an audio of my psalm setting here: The Goodness of the Lord … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 21: Evangelization By Witness

What is that Franciscan principle? Preach the Gospel–use words if necessary. 21. Above all the Gospel must be proclaimed by witness. Take a Christian or a handful of Christians who, in the midst of their own community, show their capacity … Continue reading

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A Fly In The Soup

Rod Dreher and a few on the Catholic Right are waxing outraged over this piece of the Fr Benedict Groeschel fallout: firing NCReg interviewer John Burger. I’ve known a lot of colleagues in ministry get fired in far pettier circumstances. … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 59-60: Elevation and Relics

Let’s wrap up the discussion on altars. First the US bishops advise a careful balance between visibility and perceived remoteness: § 59 § During the Liturgy of the Eucharist, the altar must be visible from all parts of the church … Continue reading

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Barbarians at the Gates? Which Ones?

I see some of my Facebook and orthodox conservative Catholic friends are waxing I-told-you-so on “top director” Nick Cassavetes’ suggestion that incest is okay. It’s all the fault, so we are told, of the gay marriage movement. And it was … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 20: Engage the Culture, But Aim for the Person

The last few sections have treated evangelization in something of an abstract or theological way. Pope Paul VI suggests it’s essential to begin and end with the person, and their relationships: 20. All this could he expressed in the following … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 58: Guidance on Size of an Altar

The US Bishops offer their guidance on the size of the altar: § 58 § Although there is no specified size or shape for an altar, it should be in proportion to the church. The shape and size should reflect … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 19: Where To Upset Human Approaches

A short section, but a valuable consideration: what to do when Gospel values move contrary to non-Christian considerations as we encounter them. 19. Strata of humanity which are transformed: for the Church it is a question not only of preaching … Continue reading

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Chimera

At last month’s peer minister retreat my colleague Father Jim suggested a close look at the letter to the Ephesians as a reflection on call, baptism, and ministry. In look at this weekend’s Lectionary Psalm, I found an interesting chimera … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 57: Altar Location and Materials

More legislation on how to affix an altar in the sanctuary, and what materials should be used for its construction: § 57 § The altar is the natural focal point of the sanctuary and is to be “freestanding to allow … Continue reading

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More On Sunday Mass Weddings

I like Scott Alessi’s piece on marrying at Sunday Mass. It’s a decision my wife and I have never come close to regretting. Here we are processing in together during the entrance song: Isn’t that a great dress? My sweetie made … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Project Liquidation

The episcopal mansion used by the archbishops of Philadelphia has been sold to St Joseph’s University. That’s some domestic square footage–more than twenty-four times the footprint of my home. Just think: two dozen teenagers could be trying on their white … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 18: Into All The Strata of Humanity

EN 18 offers a definition of evangelization: 18. For the Church, evangelizing means bringing the Good News into all the strata of humanity, and through its influence transforming humanity from within and making it new: “Now I am making the … Continue reading

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Lectionary Readings in Braille

For the first time in twelve years, I’ll be working with a lector who is blind. My previous experience was a positive one, as the young lady prepared readings in advance and arrived at liturgy with a stiff piece of … Continue reading

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