Monthly Archives: November 2013

Mediator Dei 41-43

Picking up on the notion of a priesthood established in the supernatural realm … 41. That is why the visible, external priesthood of Jesus Christ is not handed down indiscriminately to all members of the Church in general, but is … Continue reading

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Advent Music: E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come

If I were still directing an active ensemble of musicians and singers, I’d really want to program E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come. When I first heard this piece arranged and performed by the Modern Mandolin Quartet, I assumed it … Continue reading

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A Cardinal’s Perch

Rocco whispered to the secular media in his hometown: I’ve heard it from very good sources that at least one woman is probably going to end up being in a position that, until now, has been held by a Cardinal … Continue reading

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Caring For The Dying: Not Just For Religious

At the Catholic Herald, commentator Francis Phillips is concerned about the blossoming movement favoring euthanasia. He writes: It strikes me that the push for euthanasia in this country is driven by a cadre of influential atheists with a fear of … Continue reading

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Tabernacle From Japan

My friend Bill sent me an image of the Eucharistic Tabernacle from a Franciscan chapel in Tokyo. I wasn’t enamored of the choice to place it behind the presider’s chair. Otherwise, I found the design elegant in every way: the … Continue reading

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EG 5: The Gospel of Joy

Pope Francis cites numerous instances of joy in the Gospels and Acts. No portion seems bereft of it: the infancy narratives, the expression of the disciples, and even Jesus himself: 5. The Gospel, radiant with the glory of Christ’s cross, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Romans 13:8-14

Some of this passage, the verses 11-14, is proclaimed on the First Sunday of Advent, cycle A. In my opinion, this is one of the best possible choices for an Advent communal service. Some people might focus on the commandments–this part … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 38-40

Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site. But let’s zero in on the liturgy as a manifestation of a society: 38. For a better and more accurate understanding of the sacred liturgy another of its characteristic features, no less important, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Micah 6:1-6

The Micah 6:6-8 passage is better known than most any Old Testament passage. Do justice, love goodness, walk humbly: this is sage advice from the very core of the Jewish tradition. Read then the verses that precede it: Hear, then, what … Continue reading

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Making a College Catholic

There’s more to this issue than I want to take time for, or that I have the experience to address. dotCommonweal has a second post on Catholic identity, following up from an earlier one, as well as the Cardinal Newman … Continue reading

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Is Cover-Up An Evangelization Issue?

CNS commentary on Evangelii Gaudium here. It is thus surprising that, with the possible exception of a reference to the “pain and the shame we feel at the sins of some members of our church,” Pope Francis does not even … Continue reading

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EG 4: Old Testament Joy

Advent is considered a season of joyful expectation. As Pope Francis draws on Isaiah, the prominent Old Testament figure of the season’s Scriptures, the confluence of joy is not surprising: The books of the Old Testament predicted that the joy … Continue reading

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An Infusion of the Holy into Holiday Music

On the drive to Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we tuned in to two of central Iowa’s “Christmas stations.” I told my wife about my plan to count mentions of Jesus in holidays music. I think she’s amused by little projects like … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 37

Individual prayer of any sort, including the Divine Office, is meant to be harmonious with the celebration of the Mass. The Eucharist is always the most important, but that is not, or should not be incompatible with the believer’s approach … Continue reading

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Sun Blasts Comet

Comet ISON won’t be spraying pre-dawn skies as was hoped. Passing within a million miles of the sun was too much; BBC reported the 6,000-ft wide body was “largely destroyed.”  

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