Monthly Archives: February 2014

Letter To Artists 3c-d: Beauty, The Divine Spark

Artists produce for a greater good, not just for themselves, and not just from themselves. It is something of God: It is in living and acting that (people) establish (their) relationship with being, with the truth and with the good. The … Continue reading

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EG 96: Better To Serve Well, Than To Lead A Hopeless Cause

Pope Francis delivers some military imagery, though I was thinking more of Dante with the challenge to those who might prefer to lead a lost cause than serve in a lowly spot in a good one: 96. This way of … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 3a-b: In The Service of Beauty

Section 3 is titled, “The artistic vocation in the service of beauty.” We hear a lot about beauty and art these days. Some people wonder if the two are connected any longer. After an initial citation: 3. A noted Polish … Continue reading

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Aparecida 38-39: Cultural Challenges

In paragraph 38, the bishops lay part of the blame for the erosion of the tradition of popular at the feet of mass media. Mass media offers fantasy-filled images – but they lack a unifying meaning. They merely offer more … Continue reading

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Frontline on Catholic Scandal

I missed the airing time on tv the other night, so I watched the Frontline program “Secrets of the Vatican” online this morning. A lot of journalistic work went into this. Some big people come off looking very bad. As … Continue reading

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EG 95: Workers Examining Actions and Motives

Pope Francis seems to be speaking to some believers. Is his criticism fair of those who value the liturgy itself as something akin to the whole world? Or do the preoccupied have a just focus? Weigh in in the comments … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:12-16

Let’s wrap up our three-part look at Wisdom 1:1-16, a rather long Lectionary passage in the Rite of Penance (#111). When I was reflecting on this passage earlier this week, it struck me as a possibly good choice for a … Continue reading

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Resignation Valid

Pope Emeritus Benedict lays down the law on his resignation: There is absolutely no doubt regarding the validity of my renunciation of the Petrine ministry. … (T)he only condition for validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my … Continue reading

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Small Planets

These are small planets, relatively speaking. 715 confirmed. A bounty larger than any single discovery in space. I don’t think a passel of comets or asteroids this large has ever been announced. These planets are smaller than Neptune and bigger … Continue reading

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Paco

Guitar great Paco de Lucia has died. One of his more memorable recordings was his live album with Al DiMeola and John McLaughlin. It’s amazing fun. Super fast, but that doesn’t necessarily make for great art. Check the man’s recordings for … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:6-11

Let’s continue our look at the first chapter of the book of Wisdom as a Reconciliation reading. You readers know I’m not a fan of a long reading for its own sake. Short and to the point is most often best. For … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 2: The Special Vocation of the Artist

Let’s look at “The special vocation of the artist” with Pope John Paul II: 2. Not all are called to be artists in the specific sense of the term. Yet, as Genesis has it, all men and women are entrusted … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Distributors of Ashes

The Big Day is only a week away. My schedulers leave our four Ash Wednesday Masses blank, so the more enthusiastic liturgical ministers get duty, as I post on Facebook, send emails, and they ask me at Mass. One duty not on … Continue reading

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EG 94: Gnosticism and Neopelagianism

In this section of Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis zeroes in on a few modern trends of concern: 94. This worldliness can be fuelled in two deeply interrelated ways. One is the attraction of gnosticism, a purely subjective faith whose only … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 1:1-5

The opening chapter (verses 1-16) of the Book of Wisdom is one of the longest Scripture passages to be found in the Rite of Penance (RP111). These words are as rich as they are lengthy and outside of a deep … Continue reading

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