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“The Liturgy summons us into a new world”: Eschatology and the Byzantine Liturgy

(This is Neil) Please keep the people of Haiti in your prayers. Also, please be very generous with your donations. The new Pray Tell blog has made available a very interesting article [PDF] about the Byzantine Liturgy and eschatology by … Continue reading

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A Short Post on Dante

(This is Neil) I would like to wish a blessed Christmas to our readers. Let me post one more thing in 2009. I would like to direct your attention to three lectures just delivered by the Anglican priest Nicholas Sagovsky, … Continue reading

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The Eastern Orthodox Saints of North America

(This is Neil) Should we recognize sanctity in the different churches and ecclesial communities? It is difficult to imagine a negative answer being theologically intelligible – would we constantly have to adopt an arbitrary suspicion towards “what appears to be … Continue reading

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Haeres Petri – Leo the Great and Authority

(This is Neil) Today is the feast day of St Leo the Great, pope. Thus, it would seem to be a good idea to consider some of his writings. Here, I would like to do so very briefly with the … Continue reading

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Simul Iustus et Peccator: Should it Divide Us?

(This is Neil) A few days ago, while marking the signing of the Catholic-Lutheran Joint Declaration on the Doctrine of Justification in 1999, the Pope said, “This anniversary… is an occasion to recall the truth about man’s justification, testified together, … Continue reading

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Vocabulary and Liturgy

(This is Neil) With regard to Todd’s post, Trautman’s Vocab, below, I thought that some of our readers would be interested in this excerpt from C.S. Lewis’ posthumously published Letters to Malcolm, Chiefly on Prayer (1964). Lewis is discussing the … Continue reading

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The Presence of Christ in Word and Sacrament

(This is Neil) Todd has already drawn your attention to a homily given at the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC). I’d like to direct you to a pastoral reflection [PDF] delivered there by Archbishop … Continue reading

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Catholics and Lutherans: Is there a Fundamental Difference?

(This is Neil) I tend to read the reviews in Modern Theology electronically, a year late. In the July 2008 issue, the Lutheran ecumenist Michael Root reviews a book by the Dominican theologian Charles Morerod. Fr Morerod apparently wishes to … Continue reading

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Confirmation: A Problematic History?

(This is Neil) For some time, I’ve wanted to continue discussing the sacrament of confirmation. See here, one of the not uncommon posts where the comments are better than the original post. In this post, we’ll look more at the … Continue reading

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“Nothing is Impossible for God”

(This is Neil) Brother Alois, prior of the Taizé community, has been writing reflections for the greater Christian feasts for the Catholic daily newspaper La Croix. He has written one for August 15th, the Assumption or Dormition of the Blessed … Continue reading

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Mary as Trinitarian Icon: A Short Post For the Assumption

(This is Neil) In the Western church, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is on this Saturday, August 15. The East will celebrate the Dormition of Our Most Holy Lady, Theotokos, and Ever-Virgin Mary. So, this … Continue reading

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Transfigured Life

(This is Neil) Tomorrow, August 6, is the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord in both the West and the East. The Orthodox priest John Breck has written a reflection for the feast as his latest “Life in Christ” … Continue reading

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Theology and Science: Five Key Topics

(This is Neil) I’m constantly (and inescapably) behind in my posting and I should admit that I’ve been planning a post on theology and science for some time. The following is indebted to a very useful article by Robert John … Continue reading

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Humility and the Common Life

(This is Neil) In this week’s “Credo” column in the (London) Times, the Anglican Bishop of Gibraltar, Geoffrey Rowell, discusses humility. As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ. But this does not mean that we want to have one … Continue reading

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What is Catholic about a Catholic Translation of the Bible?

(This is Neil) The April issue of the Catholic Biblical Quarterly has an interesting article by Emil A. Wcela, the retired auxiliary bishop of Rockville Centre in New York, with the promising title “What is Catholic about a Catholic Translation … Continue reading

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