Monthly Archives: October 2012

Professionals and Entitlement

Professor Ralph Martin’s commentary on post-conciliar evangelization, or the perceived lack of it, is interesting. I think he has one misdiagnosis: (M)any Catholics were confused by the council’s laudable emphasis on ecumenism and interreligious dialogue into thinking that “maybe it … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 63: Communicating to the Listeners

We all struggle with the risk of losing something in translation. It is a failing of human communication. We do not always say what we mean. People do not always hear what is proclaimed. 63. The individual Churches, intimately built … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 132-134: Stations of the Cross

Three sections devoted to a time-honored tradition picked up from Jerusalem in ancient times, and thanks to the Franciscans, we have as a part of nearly every Catholic church yet today: § 132 § The Stations of the Cross originated … Continue reading

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Ping!

Ping! is not how my priest friend describes it. It doesn’t quite capture my sense of the Spirit’s subtle influence either. Maybe it’s a bit too frivolous. But it’s close. Many believers think of a well-formed conscience in terms of … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 62: Churches, Universal and Individual

The relationship between universal and the individual Church can be a marvelously productive and fruitful one. Or it can be derailed by tension and suspicion. At any rate, I found this section to be rather rich and full of potential … Continue reading

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Built of Living Stones 130-131: The Church Building and Popular Devotions

From medieval times at least, the laity have expressed devotion to God and to the saints outside of liturgy, both within church buildings and elsewhere. Two brief sections in BLS recognize this, and suggest that church buildings provide for this … Continue reading

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Evangelii Nuntiandi 61: A Universal Church

The next five sections state and develop the theme of the catholicity of the Church. Where do we get such an audacious and bold notion? From the Gospels themselves: 61. Brothers and sons and daughters, at this stage of our … Continue reading

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