Monthly Archives: January 2013

On My Bookshelf: Mariette in Ecstasy

I think I’m a few decades late to Ron Hansen’s coming-out party. And it’s likely most of my Catholic readers have already read this book. So you’re likely not going to need my recommendation. I’m going to touch on some … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Luke 7:36-50

One of the longer passages in the Reconciliation Lectionary is Jesus’ encounter with the sinful woman during the Pharisee’s dinner party. You know the story, and the parable (41-43) Jesus uses to illustrate his point. Instead of studying the entire … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Plans Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday will be something of a scramble in temporary worship conditions in my parish. Ordinarily, our church is conveniently located across the street from campus–the student union in fact. And we get droves of people for four Masses–one at … Continue reading

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Beware the “Little” Prayer

Our student small group coordinator booked me for an in-service to the small group leaders this week. They have two meetings to catch our twenty-five leaders, and they wanted me to speak on prayer, especially on the skill of leading … Continue reading

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Who, Us?

Back in the days when she rescued rabbits, my wife and I used to joke that we had a Prey Floor (where we lived with the cats and dog) and the Predator Floor (where the bunnies lived on their way through … Continue reading

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Sampling Some Bitterness

I see the Chant Cafe commentariat is excited about a new sheriff bishop riding into Portland. There’s a good bit about which to comment about this move. Careerism, first. I remember feeling hopeful about Pope Benedict’s early episcopal appointments in … Continue reading

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Catholics Schools Week

It’s been five years since I was in a parish with a school. So I feel far-removed from the concerns and culture of Catholic schools. Indeed, not all Catholics are convinced of their value. To many hard-core conservatives, parish and … Continue reading

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