Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ecclesia de Eucharistia 28

Continuing from yesterday’s post, the third sense of the Church’s apostolicity: 28. Lastly, the Church is apostolic in the sense that she “continues to be taught, sanctified and guided by the Apostles until Christ’s return, through their successors in pastoral … Continue reading

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White, Melting

This past week’s shipment of low gluten altar bread contained a surprise. Yikes. They are white. Read more about the low gluten bread here. One of our parishioners reported to me the new host “melted in her mouth.” This will … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Laura Montoya Upegui

Last year, I think I did a bit better with a greater variety of witnesses for religious freedom around the world. This year, I think we have a number of women who were advocates for people whose spiritual lives were … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 27

How does the Catechism define “apostolic”? Three reasons, the first two of which we will examine here: 27. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in explaining how the Church is apostolic – founded on the Apostles – sees three meanings … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 166-172: The Prince of Peace

Let’s conclude a letter tonight. First, an ackowledgement that the world situation in 1963 was a serious source of stress for all people: 166. Our concern here has been with problems which are causing (people) extreme anxiety at the present … Continue reading

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Peace Cranes

For her big Scouting project, a young friend of mine has been planning a peace pole for the parish prayer garden and a tree of peace cranes for the church’s narthex. Here she is (right) at work with her parents … Continue reading

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America’s Three C’s

While surfing to the Anchoress this morning, I saw a reference to Matt Malone’s recent editorial in America. The whole piece by the new editor-in-chief is worth reading. His conclusion: “Love manifests itself more in deeds than in words.” America makes … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Katharine Drexel

Emerging from the shadows of American racism, Katharine Drexel had a remarkable and fruitful witness to religious freedom, civil rights, and Roman Catholicism in the United States. Today’s worthy woman never knew her birth mother. Hannah died when her daughter was … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 26

We’ll spend the next eight days with Chapter Three, “The Apostolicity of the Eucharist and of the Church.” A brief section to get us primed: 26. If, as I have said, the Eucharist builds the Church and the Church makes … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 163-165: An Immense Task

Peace on Earth: the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. We are approaching the end of this encyclical letter. We have a long way to go … 163. Hence among the very serious obligations incumbent upon (people) of … Continue reading

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JP2 MC to CDWDS?

PrayTell linked to the speculation over the curia, that it’s time for Pope Francis to slip some new guys into key posts. Most of the interest will be in the Secretary of State position. But they mention liturgy too. A … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Hadewijch of Brabant

We continue to explore the overlap of faith, freedom, and “worthy women” from the centuries and from around the world. We met a few beguines last year in this series. Let’s meet another standout. We have to admit that we … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 25

On the worship of the Eucharist outside of Mass: 25. The worship of the Eucharist outside of the Mass is of inestimable value for the life of the Church. This worship is strictly linked to the celebration of the Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 161-162: Little by Little

Does reform and renewal always have to be so slow? The impatient traveler in the back seat cries, “Are we there yet?!” Sometimes the answers, respectively, are yes and no: 161. There are indeed some people who, in their generosity … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Nano Nagle

My staff colleague Sister Lorraine, who will be retiring in a few days, was sharing over supper last night the story of her community‘s founder, Honora “Nano” Nagle. When I read a bit more about her life late last night, … Continue reading

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