Monthly Archives: October 2012

Evangelii Nuntiandi 57: The Duty to Preach to the Heart

Too often westerners, especially Americans speak of rights. The flip side to this is the reality of duty and responsibility. Both are needed. The Holy Father speaks of the right of every person to hear the Gospel: 57. Like Christ … Continue reading

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Falsification

Falsification is the principle by which a person tests her or his ideas for possible flaws. In a nutshell, a person considers a plan and then reflects on the possibilities that might derail the effort. Good scientists engage in it. … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 115: Liturgy of the Hours

People don’t consider it a big priority, but it is part of the Church’s tradition: § 115 § The Liturgy of the Hours is the public, daily prayer of the Church. Recognizing the importance of the Liturgy of the Hours … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 56: Non-Practicing Christians

The “new evangelization” seems focused on this other “sphere.” What Pope Paul VI said about it almost four decades ago: 56. The second sphere is that of those who do not practice. Today there is a very large number of … Continue reading

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More From The Cult of Celebrity

I see David Gibson’s piece on Father Frank, freed. Entertaining, if not informative, are the comments. Including: Yes, we need Father Corapi back, and now Father (Groeschel) as well back on EWTN to be running full speed ahead!!!!!!!!! I guess … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 110-114: Christian Funerals

Some parishes celebrate dozens of funerals each year. It makes sense to ensure that the church building is well-designed for those liturgies. § 110 § The Order of Christian Funerals mark the final stage of the journey begun by the … Continue reading

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Indulgent 2312

I’m going to begin with what’s good about Kim Stanley Robinson’s new novel 2312. Ideas. Not all are original to the author, but that makes them no less awe-inspiring. On Mercury, close to a half million people live in a … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 55: Unbelief in the Modern World

Do you think the Church views unbelief as a problem new to this generation? Long before the cult of celebrity hit atheism, it was recognized as a challenge to the modern proclamation of the Gospel. 55. Also significant is the … Continue reading

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Road Trip

I had not considered blogging on the college visits today, but I may offer a few words at this time. My family lived in Kansas City from 2002 to 2008, and we’ve gotten good care for our daughter’s heart condition … Continue reading

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Posting Light; Spam Detour

Posting will be light for the next thirty-six hours. Off for an out-of-town medical appointment for the young miss, plus her first two college visits. Spammers, may I please direct your attention to the numerous Catholic web sites that get more … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 109: The Rite of Anointing of the Sick

Not much to say on anointing of the sick, other than the issue of accessibility: § 109 § The Rite of Anointing and Pastoral Care of the Sick provides for the communal celebration of the sacrament in a parish church … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 54: On Christians

Did Pope Paul have anything to say about reclaiming Christians? 54. Nevertheless the Church does not feel dispensed from paving unflagging attention also to those who have received the faith and who have been in contact with the Gospel often … Continue reading

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1963 Musings

What the traditionalists really thought of Joseph Ratzinger: … worse than Teilhard de Chardin and the Modernists.  

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Built of Living Stones 106-108: The Rite of Marriage

Three brief sections reflecting on the needs for the Rite of Marriage. First the essentials: § 106 § The Rite of Christian Marriage contains no directives about the spatial requirements for the celebration. Instead, the ritual focuses upon the consent … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 53: Seeds of the Word

The real “deeps” of evangelization engage believers with the world’s billions of non-Christians. Sounds scary, but maybe it’s not. Hindus, Buddhists, and even pagans already seek God, pray, possess spiritual and religious traditions. What do you think of the saint’s … Continue reading

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