Monthly Archives: January 2013

Kneel Or Not–I Like Not

Deacon Greg pens a manifesto for the good ol’ days. Man, I worry about this guy. He’s been hanging around the wrong crowd, I think. Catechesis is fruitless. We’ve tried. You can show people how it’s done; you can instruct … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 13

The 13th is one of the more obscure pieces in the Psalter. I find it one of the more passionate expressions of lament in the entire Bible, touching on a basic human fear of loss, ridicule, and abandonment. And so … Continue reading

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A Unique North American Map

Can you imagine a map on which every person counted in the 2010-2011 US and Canadian censuses is represented by a dot? I found the tip on the Universe Today blog. Check it out here. When I zoomed in on … Continue reading

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Entering the Twitterverse

I succumbed to the 21st century yet again. I now tweet. It will be mainly parish-focused, because I don’t think I have any individual reasons to be on Twitter. If you have any suggestions or comments, let me know. They … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Loving Work

I started this great book by Mike Hayes before I went to bed Thursday night at the conference. I finished it on the plane home the next day. Mike is well known in the blogosphere as the co-founder of Busted … Continue reading

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Pray For Us Now

Some Catholics get upset when traditional matters, especially ultimate traditional matters, are messed around with. So the rest of this post comes with a content advisory. One of the things I’d like to do in 2013 is pray for people, … Continue reading

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Still Conferencing

Posting will be light for a few days here … We’re finishing up the campus ministry conference. It has been a rich experience in the usual ways for me: connecting with new colleagues, sharing insights with my friends on staff … Continue reading

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The morning speaker, Ed Hahnenberg was outstanding in presenting on a wider sense of vocation in the Church, and how this is a needed corrective. If I were to blog on that, I would use up my spare free time … Continue reading

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The Place of Mission

My lectio today wasn’t terribly inspiring. But on the plane this morning, I was reading a bit of the traditional Jewish principle of the Shaliach, the person sent on a mission. Such people act not on their own behalf, but … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Matthew 4:12-17

In the daily Lectionary this week, the last of the Christmas season, we get a few snapshots of Jesus’ early ministry. Except for the account of finding the boy Jesus in the Temple, we have nothing of the Savior’s earthly … Continue reading

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Catholic Self-Congratulation

This time of year starts closing out the annual exercise of Our Favorite People lists. Catholics are certainly not immune to this secular-sourced exercise in patting ourselves on the back. And indeed, there’s nothing wrong with giving a shout-out to … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The God Who Won’t Let Go

Readers may have noticed one or two quotes in recent posts from Father Peter van Breemen. His book The God Who Won’t Let Go is a distillation of a series of talks he gave at a Benedictine monastery in 1998. … Continue reading

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At the end of today’s sound system meeting, our committee chair and consultants wanted a closer look at the church ceiling. I tagged along. Scaffolding has been up for weeks. First to facilitate asbestos removal. Now the ceiling is stripped … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Nativity Stations

I’ve seen here and there an effort to translate the experience of the Nativity of the Lord into a devotion akin to the Way of the Cross. As I make it out, Advent and/or Christmas deserve some particular spiritual pilgrimage. … Continue reading

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“A Person And Not A Product”

RNS interviewed Russell Moore, the dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary on adoption. Money quote: (A)ny family that’s adopting needs to understand that this child is a person and not a project. Someone who believes … Continue reading

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