Monthly Archives: September 2013

GMD 70-75: Pentecost Leads To Action

The bishops recount the Pentecost experience (GMD 70) as well as the discipleship of the Blessed Mother (71) and Peter (72) as they penned this brief section introducing the “Goals and Strategies” of Part II (70-74). Paragraph 75 reveals the bishops did not … Continue reading

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New Liturgy Consultants

The five-year terms of reform2 consultants has expired, and Pope Francis has named others to the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff. Commentary at PrayTell. Original news piece here.

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Modern Catholic Mysticism

A few related threads from different sources in the blogosphere caught my attention today. This essay that follows doesn’t have a clear conclusion, really. It’s more an unfinished line of thought. So if you readers have more to add, to refine, feel free. … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 107

Wrapping up Chapter IV, we examine mismanagement of Holy Communion. There are serious penalties for mishandling the Sacrament, but to incur, the action must be “voluntary”: [107.] In accordance with what is laid down by the canons, “one who throws … Continue reading

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GMD 65-69: The Holy Spirit Leads

Part One of the document finishes up with a section called “Led in the Spirit.” It does us good to reflect on the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel accounts (Cf. GMD 65-67) and how Jesus allowed himself … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 105-106

Details on the preparation of Communion from the Cup: [105.] If one chalice is not sufficient for Communion to be distributed under both kinds to the Priest concelebrants or Christ’s faithful, there is no reason why the Priest celebrant should … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: In Good Company

I mentioned yesterday that our parish library found itself with an extra copy of James Martin’s first memoir, In Good Company: The Fast Track from the Corporate World to Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. I see there’s a tenth anniversary edition … Continue reading

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GMD 61-64: Why 1992?

Sections 61 through 64 address “Why We Are Issuing the Plan Now.” It’s a good question. GMD was issued 17 years after Pope Paul’s Evangelii Nuntiandi, the premier universal document on evangelization since Vatican II. It came 27 years after Ad Gentes. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 7:14-25a

Another long passage that probably does not see a lot of use with the Sacrament of Penance. This important passage in Romans 7 is too long and repetitive for either form I or form II. But it is worth a … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 103-104

The discussion from RS 100-12 expands to consider how the Precious Blood is offered to the laity. It should be illustrative to consider these methods in light of clergy receiving Communion. [103.] The norms of the Roman Missal admit the … Continue reading

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Spiritual Over Speculative

In the second week of the online Ignatian retreat, we are advised to probe more deeply into our stories of faith. It has been a rich experience thus far, unearthing old episodes in my life and looking a bit more … Continue reading

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GMD 56-60: Third Goal–Inspiring Values

Go and Make Disciples 56 introduces the third goal of evangelization. The four sections that follow go into a bit more detail on this. Recent events, plus the witness of Pope Francis seem to suggest that Christian witness must go beyond … Continue reading

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A Lot To Do

The pope’s interview went 12,000 words. How many millions have the pundits spilled on it? I liked this Jesuit’s commentary. Francis is giving us a lot to do. His fresh air brings new life to the church and renews the … Continue reading

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Reward and Relegation

Buster Olney thinks MLB has a problem: So the problem with what the Astros have done really isn’t about the Astros. The problem is the system, which can reward calculated failure, and this should be a serious concern for Major … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 100-102

RS 100 through 107 deals with “Communion under Both Kinds.” In trying to make peace with clerical skittishness about offering the Cup, I’ve come to recognize that any number of local, cultural, and institutional factors are in play. The good news … Continue reading

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