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Dies Domini 10: The Universe Declares The Goodness of God

A reflection on the universe: 10. Coming as it does from the hand of God, the cosmos bears the imprint of his goodness. It is a beautiful world, rightly moving us to admiration and delight, but also calling for cultivation … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 9: God’s Creation

Today, John Paul II reminds us of God’s creative agency in the universe. He mentions the “style” as “poetic,” but the title of DD 9-10, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Gn 1:1)” is certainly an appropriate … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 8: The Celebration of the Creator’s Work

Chapter I, “Dies Domini” (The Day of the Lord) covers numbered sections 8 through 18. This section cites the prologue of John’s Gospel, “Through him all things were made.” (1:3) What is the first thing we need to know about … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 7: The Heart of the Christian Life

The introduction to Dies Domini wraps up today with this section. I hope I  haven’t appeared too hard on Pope John Paul thus far. It’s mainly that I don’t think the law-n-order approach was terribly effective when this document was … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 6: A Recovery of Doctrine

Pope John Paul II brings the spirit of an artist to many of his documents, but here we’re talking about doctrine underlying Sunday. He wasn’t wrong about Church doctrine dealing with Sunday. My question is how effective the doctrinal approach … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 5: Sunday Mass or Not

Sunday isn’t only about Mass attendance, but John Paul II has his focus there. It hasn’t always been true that Catholics have had access to the Eucharist on Sundays, but even those who have not have indeed had a devotion … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 4: Looking for Celebration

Sunday used to get a lot of reinforcement from secular society. Did the wider culture end up propping up the church practice? 4. Until quite recently, it was easier in traditionally Christian countries to keep Sunday holy because it was … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 3: Fundamentally Important

Observing Sunday is as ancient as anything Christian. Vatican II emphasized it: 3. The fundamental importance of Sunday has been recognized through two thousand years of history and was emphatically restated by the Second Vatican Council: “Every seven days, the … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 2: Resurrection

Why Sunday? It’s obvious: the Resurrection. The only event that might be more astonishing is that God chose to come in human form, and walk among us, as one of us. But no doubt, the Resurrection has eternal implications for … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 1: Sunday Has Sacred History

What’s so special about Sunday? The modern West doesn’t seem to care. We work, play, and treat it much like any other day. With maybe still a bit more leisure than other days of the week. But the encroachment by … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 16: The “Beauty” That Saves

Let’s wrap up John Paul II’s Letter to Artists. The final theme of the document, with a nod to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The ‘Beauty’ that saves.” 16. On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 15: The Creator Spirit and Artistic Inspiration

When Pope John Paul speaks of “the Creator Spirit and artistic inspiration” it’s pretty clear we can’t and don’t bypass the human imagination as a means for God’s grace to work in the world. 15. Often in the Church there … Continue reading

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Dies Domini

The next document in the queue is another from Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini. The Vatican site has it in its entirety. We’ll cover it largely in the usual method here: daily posts plus brief reflection from me. Your … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 14: An Appeal To Artists

Pope John Paul has covered God’s hand in art (section 1),the artist’s vocation (2), some theology and philosophy relevant to the discussion with artists (3-6), history (7-9), the present situation (10-11), and a mutual relationship hoped for (12-13). Now we … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 13: Does art need the Church?

Yesterday’s post looked at section 12, “The Church needs art.” Today, a question: Does art need the Church? 13. The Church therefore needs art. But can it also be said that art needs the Church? The question may seem like … Continue reading

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