Monthly Archives: July 2013

The Armchair Liturgist: Names in the Intercessions

In my parish we mention deceased people by name in the Sunday Prayers of the Faithful, if the family requests it. We frequently mention the sick, though not always. Sometimes people prefer to remain anonymous. And once, someone was listed … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 55

John Paul II dials back to the Joyful Mysteries: 55. In a certain sense Mary lived her Eucharistic faith even before the institution of the Eucharist, by the very fact that she offered her virginal womb for the Incarnation of … Continue reading

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Rochester Memories

It was interesting to return from retreat and see a ten-month-old thread revitalized. I confess and own getting rankled about criticism of others I perceive to be unfair or needlessly insulting. I also see I promised future reflections on my … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 23

Pope Francis presents Chapter Two in sections 23 through 36. God sent Isaiah to tell King Ahaz, “Unless you believe, you will not understand.” The Holy Father offers a bit of clarification of the biblical text: 23. Unless you believe, you will not … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 54

Two luminous mysteries form the substance of today’s section, the last and the first: 54. Mysterium fidei! If the Eucharist is a mystery of faith which so greatly transcends our understanding as to call for sheer abandonment to the word of … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 18:17-33

This weekend at Mass, Abraham bargains with the Lord of the Universe. God is singularly unimpressed with the sinfulness of Sodom. This reading also happens to appear as a possible choice for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. What would be your thoughts as … Continue reading

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The Denouement of a Retreat

Hello to all. Laundry done this morning: an important post-retreat task. Many thanks to all for your prayers while on retreat. Special thanks to Fran who took time from her own busy life to keep things humming. Great work, my … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 22

A single section falls under the heading, “The ecclesial form of faith,” as we wrap up Chapter One (which started way back in section 8), an exploration of love and belief. Faith is a communal experience, and most of all, … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 53

After a more difficult section with no little chiding from the Holy Father, we turn to a topic close to his heart, and indeed, to the hearts of hundreds of millions of Catholics. Chapter Six is entitled, “At the School of … Continue reading

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Liturgy, incarnation, and other messes of love

So here I am posting daily here at Catholic Sensibility, which is such a liturgy blog, and I have said so little about liturgy. I’m in way over my head talking about liturgy on these pages! Make no mistake, I … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 52

With this section, we move away from the arts and into liturgical practice proper.  Literally. Pope John Paul II was acutely aware that much responsibility for the celebration of the Eucharist falls on clergy. He felt it himself, to be … Continue reading

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Meredith Gould on Church Social Media

Recently I had the chance to interview Meredith Gould, author of numerous books, the most recent being, The Social Media Gospel: Sharing the Good News in New Ways. I wanted to talk to Meredith about #chsocm, or church social media, … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 21

A short section today, but a key conclusion of salvation by faith: 21. We come to see the difference, then, which faith makes for us. Those who believe are transformed by the love to which they have opened their hearts … Continue reading

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Ecclesia de Eucharistia 51

Let’s explore inculturation: 51. The development of sacred art and liturgical discipline which took place in lands of ancient Christian heritage is also taking place on continents where Christianity is younger. This was precisely the approach supported by the Second … Continue reading

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Preach the Gospel at All Times, If Necessary Use Twitter

I first encountered Meredith Gould in 2007, in the comment boxes at Fr. Austin Fleming’s blog, A Concord Pastor Comments. Call it profiling, but I was pretty sure that Meredith was Jewish, yet she appeared to be Catholic. I am … Continue reading

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