Monthly Archives: October 2013

Funeral Lectionary: Revelation 7:9-10, 15-17

The first reading for All Saints has a narrow intersection with one of the readings suggested for a funeral of a child (but not for an adult): verses 9 and 10. The commonality: I had a vision of a great … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 183-184

The sixth and final section of the eighth chapter. Let’s review the matter of “Complaints Regarding Abuses in Liturgical Matters.” [183.] In an altogether particular manner, let everyone do all that is in their power to ensure that the Most Holy … Continue reading

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New Red Hats

Pope Francis will name new cardinals early next year. I would like to see such “awards” detached from the episcopacy of large dioceses. But that’s not a dealbraker for me. Cardinals are important guys, and maybe even spiritual ones. But … Continue reading

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GMD 122: Family Life

More on goal number three here, but today, we’ll take a brief look at the objective “to foster the importance of the family.” As with yesterday’s objective, at first glance, one wonders about the connection with evangelization. But the truth is that … Continue reading

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Halloween War Spreads Abroad

Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz enters the War on Halloween: Parents and teachers should protect youngsters against its images of terror and dread, especially when many already associate it with the cult of Satan. Halloween costume traditions aren’t all that … Continue reading

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Book of the Deceased

We received our new book of the deceased today. We had been purchasing blank books from publishers. A bequest from a parishioner funded this initiative. The book came in a nice box from our bookbinder, Peggy Johnston: Unfold the box, … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 181-182

If bishops have the responsibility, we do know that in the era of retrenchment, the curia has or once had the authority. If the CDWDS hears a report, they communicate to the bishop, who investigates: [181.] Whenever the Congregation for … Continue reading

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Vox Clara in Rome

Don’t look now, but some of our favorite reform2 prelates are sipping on vino in proximity to the Tiber this week. From Vatican Radio’s website, Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa: I think one of the main tasks we have is … Continue reading

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GMD 121: To The Neighborhoods

The first of seven objectives for goal number three, spreading Gospel values throughout the nation, reads as follows: To involve parishes and local service groups in the needs of their neighborhood Six possible strategies are listed, including “raising of awareness of … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: On The Razor’s Edge

The first two-thirds of this novel plods along. I didn’t mind because the series started out great and moved along so well. Then, suddenly, pow! A couple of betrayals, and things start really moving fast. Literary whiplash it was, and … Continue reading

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Redemptionis Sacramentum 176-180

Let’s consider the role of the bishop in dealing with liturgical problems: [176.] The diocesan Bishop, “since he is the principal dispenser of the mysteries of God, is to strive constantly so that Christ’s faithful entrusted to his care may … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Ephesians 1:3-10

Overlooked in the funeral Lectionary is this selection suggested for the funeral of a child. You can find more Catholic suggestions in the Order of Christian funerals right after the adult readings, in chapter 14. The framers of the rite suggest … Continue reading

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GMD 117-120: Bringing Values to the World

Here we are at the bishops’ final goal, number three. It reads in the document: 117. Goal III: To foster gospel values in our society, promoting the dignity of the human person, the importance of the family, and the common good … Continue reading

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Narcissism, Narcissism Everywhere

This isn’t a post about this past weekend’s tax collector. I think he was alright. First, Jesus talked about him as an illustration, and not as a real human being. So a question: can a guilty person be a narcissist? … Continue reading

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Make for Drake

Our fifth visit to an institution of higher learning today. Hence the delayed posting of the usual morning stuff. We were up pretty early to arrive on the Drake University campus before 8am. We met a wider swath of student … Continue reading

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