Monthly Archives: February 2013

The Technological Door Into Lent

My colleague Cody set up a Facebook challenge for our staff and peer ministers, and other student leaders. Our goal is 1500 invitations and 500 going. This is a good start for using social media, but I think in 2014, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

One might expect that an Ash Wednesday reading (2 Corinthians 5:20-6:2) would appear in the Lectionary for Penance. And so we have a bit of overlap (5:20-21) with the final five verses of 2 Corinthians 5. Curious that this relatively … Continue reading

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Latin, Very Easy

I tried to convince the young miss that learning Latin would be good for her education. Alas, my Latin First Year and Latin Second Year textbooks sit gathering dust in the house. Puella aquam portat held no interest. ANSA broke … Continue reading

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Wow. Just, Wow.

I thought I had lived through everything in 1978 when I had three popes in six weeks. We had a power outage in part of our house last night–wind whipping everything south of the bathroom to an on-and-off flicker. Only … Continue reading

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MR3 Skin Deep

I had an interesting observation last night at Mass. But first, some backstory … Our parish’s third MR3 Mass setting is a revision of Steven Janco’s Mass of Angels and Saints. The Sanctus has been a bit rough. The “learning” to … Continue reading

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Old Creole Days

I was reacquainting myself with some of the music of Ferde Grofé. I have a Naxos disk of three of his “American” suites: Mississippi, Grand Canyon, and Niagara Falls. I love the orchestration as well as the chromatic tunefulness of “Old … Continue reading

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Exit Concubines, Enter One Singin’ Coat

Several months ago I began the book of Genesis as a source for my daily practice of lectio divina. One of my staff colleagues suggested it when I was close to completing Mark’s Gospel and mentioned I was considering Old Testament … Continue reading

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On The Clock?

The Goodbye Bad Bishops site* seems to have been taken over by the Chinese, but if any fisheaters are still keeping track, I wonder if they will put longtime conservative darling Archbishop John Myers on the clock for his latest … Continue reading

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CDF Not Getting It, Prequel

Grant Gallicho’s compare and contrast at dotCommonweal draws a good bit of commentary. The 2002 CDF position, channeled by Cardinal Ratzinger, is up for a dollop of criticism. Here it is: But I am personally convinced that the constant presence in … Continue reading

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Is Disinvite Ever A Good Practice?

It’s been brought up in discussion among various groups in my parish this semester. This person did appear via Skype last week and this person will speak in another week-and-a-half. Neither appearance is without controversy. Milwaukee priests want to disinvite the … Continue reading

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CDF: Still Not Getting It

An extended feature up at CNS on a Boston priest assigned to the CDF as point-person on child abuse. (The CDF) asked every bishops’ conference in the world to submit guidelines for assisting victims; protecting children; selecting and training priests … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Baruch 1:15, 17-19, 21-22

The book of Baruch, attributed to Jeremiah’s secretary, is a work of the Jewish community in Exile (not in the Protestant Bible). These verses make their appearance in the Rite of Penance not as a reading, but as the featured … Continue reading

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Too Much Psalm 91?

Can you ever get too much of a Scripture passage? In the Roman Antiphonary, this listing is given for the First Sunday of Lent: Entrance Antiphon Cf. Ps 90: 15-16 When he calls on me, I will answer him; I … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 31:2-4, 6

The 31st Psalm appears prominently on Good Friday. The antiphon there, appropriately, is “Father, I put my life in your hands.” Going deeper into the liturgy, Psalm 31 is a weekly prayer in the Hours on Wednesday night. Or rather, … Continue reading

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“No Plans”

Can the institutional Church afford “no comment” on Big News like the Cardinal Mahony slapdown? Some seem happy to inhabit the conservative half of the blogosphere, where indeed the archbishop’s dust-up with Mother Angelica has not been forgotten. These folks … Continue reading

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