Monthly Archives: December 2012

The Armchair Liturgist: Scripture Homework at Mass

The priest at daily Mass today dropped a piece of “homework” at the end of his homily. “Deuteronomy 11:12,” he said. “Look it up–that is your message.” I did look it up. It’s here. What do you think of this … Continue reading

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No More Russian Children to the US

This is not new information, that tomorrow a Russian law goes into effect that makes illegal the American adoption of Russian children. UCA News covers it here, with this statement about the state of those children’s souls: Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, … Continue reading

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Referring Sites and 2013 Directions

WordPress tells me that after Facebook and Google, the top sites that referred visitors to Catholic Sensibility were the Chant Cafe and Patheos. I’m far from agreeing with a good quantity of the content on those sites, but I thank their hosts … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 1 John 2:3-11

Readers may wonder why, in the middle of the Christmas season, I would choose to start a new series on the Lectionary for Reconciliation. Well, a few reasons. I do see that reconciliation is aligned closely with the thrust of … Continue reading

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Christmas Music: Lauda per la Natività del Signore

Ottorino Respighi’s cantata, Praise for the Lord’s Nativity, is a delightful piece for chorus and three soloists, accompanied by a small wind ensemble, and piano four hands. Listen to it here. His wife Elsa sang the role of Mary at … Continue reading

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Using Holy Innocents

Somewhere today, some preacher is likely drawing some connection from the massacre of the young boys of Bethlehem and abortion. And Newtown. Probably not the infants who die from particular diseases, or from famine in places like Africa, or even … Continue reading

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Holy Family Options

The Lectionary edition of 1998 gave us a number of new readings. The most prominent additions were for some of the white feasts that pop up during the year, including the observance of the Holy Family on the Sunday between … Continue reading

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