Monthly Archives: August 2013

Praying For The Dead

On the 2 Maccabees thread, my friend Dick Martin is hard at work trying to convince that praying for the dead is wrong. He’s done his research on Catholicism, and has a passel of quotes from Scripture. But his case … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 38

A brief section, but not a totally convincing one: [38.] The constant teaching of the Church on the nature of the Eucharist not only as a meal, but also and pre-eminently as a Sacrifice, is therefore rightly understood to be … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 56

We’ve largely looked at faith in a positive perspective thus far. What of faith when it is tested? Two sections explore “Consolation and strength amid suffering.” Saint Paul’s second letter to Corinth is a classic text of a saint’s faith … Continue reading

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Eclipse of the Sun, Martian Style

The Mars Curiosity rover caught the moon Phobos passing in front of the sun as seen from the surface of Mars. Some background here. Compared to the Earth, the sun appears smaller in the sky as seen from Mars. The Martian … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 8:18-25

This passage is listed as one of two possibilities for the First Reading for the fifth sample penitential service in Appendix II. The framers of the rite paired it with two Kingdom similes found in Matthew 13:44-46. This is a rich … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 37

This section is actually quite excellent. It provides a deeper reflection on the notion of a priesthood of believers: [37.] All of Christ’s faithful, freed from their sins and incorporated into the Church through Baptism, are deputed by means of a … Continue reading

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Lumen Fidei 55

Yesterday we left off with the encouragement for people to keep in mind Christ’s incarnation and the Paschal Mystery. What does that give us? The ability to penetrate a bit more deeply into the universe, and move from the sin … Continue reading

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