Monthly Archives: June 2013

Ecclesia de Eucharistia 24

The Eucharist is a means for God to influence the basic unity to which we human beings are called, just by who we are and how God has made us: 24. The gift of Christ and his Spirit which we … Continue reading

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Can Children Expect to Have Certain Rights?

I was reading Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s statement about the US Supreme Court striking down DOMA this morning. CNS cited Francis X. Rocca’s conversation with him: He said the effect of the court’s decision is to “undermine in the law the principle … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 159-160: Philosophies and Historical Movements

Pope John advises us to be open to non-Christian philosophies that include laudable elements: 159. Again it is perfectly legitimate to make a clear distinction between a false philosophy of the nature, origin and purpose of (human beings) and the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-6

This opening of the thanksgiving to the Ephesians is given as part of one of the “themed” penitential services in Appendix II of the Rite of Penance. The liturgies in this appendix were prepared by the CDWDS in the 1970′s. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Paula of Rome

I think we have yet to encounter a woman from antiquity in this series. So let’s celebrate one today. Paula shared a life profile with many women saints. She was a wealthy noblewoman who enjoyed luxury. She married young. She … Continue reading

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Poverty, Immaturity, Narcissism

According to Tom Ehrich, these three are the biggest threats to marriage. Not gays, feminists, contraceptives, or other conservative boogeymen and scapegoats of the past half century. I tend to agree. We married couples can be our own worst enemies … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 23

We looked the eschatological reality of the Eucharist in EdE 21. Then the evangelical in EdE 22. Today John Paul II reflects on the communal and ecclesiological while mentioning two important considerations, participation in a shared community meal: 23. Eucharistic … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 158: Error and the Errant

Are separated Christians or non-believers–or anyone, really–just making an error? Or is there some inherent blindness to the truth? I think one might be hard-pressed to suggest every errant person is always blameless or always responsible. In any event, it does … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Judith Fenvyesi

Guest blogger Fran Rossi Szpylczyn gives us insight into a very worthy woman. Imagine that you are born in a place that sometimes belongs to one country, Romania, but at other times belongs to another country, Hungary. Imagine that you … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 22

The sacraments are not just a matter of getting something from God, though many Christians emphasize that. Perhaps understandably–some of us think we have nothing substantive to offer back to God. Baptism and Eucharist involve a mutual exchange, a spiritual … Continue reading

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Pacem In Terris 157: Relations Between Catholics and Non-Catholics in Social and Economic Affairs

Today in Pacem in Terris, we read we can cooperate fruitfully with separated Christians or even non-believers: 157. The principles We have set out in this document take their rise from the very nature of things. They derive, for the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Galatians 5:16-24

Lists. Catholics bring them to confession. We’ve done so for centuries. Saint Paul offers us two of them in this passage from the Rite of Penance. One of fifteen bad things. One of nine good things. Let’s read all about … Continue reading

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The Empty Throne

It calls to mind that old joke about the cantor announcing the entrance hymn, “Please stand and greet Father by singing number 666, Hail Holy Queen.” The priest is in the back protesting, “Ain’t no way I’m going out there … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Frances Perkins

Did you know that Frances Perkins is honored with a feast day on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church on May 13? I didn’t. She is designated as “Public Servant and Prophetic Witness” in the Church year, and from … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 21

Chapter 2, “The Eucharist Builds the Church,” runs from today’s post to numbered section 25. 21. The Second Vatican Council teaches that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the centre of the process of the Church’s growth. After stating … Continue reading

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