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Dies Domini 75: Springing From The Resurrection

This chapter (DD 74-80) will find us in the liturgical context, and take us through to the concluding sections. So we’re in the home stretch … almost. 75. Since Sunday is the weekly Easter, recalling and making present the day … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 74: Christ The Alpha And Omega Of Time

Let’s start a look at the final chapter, “Dies Dierum,” and we’ll begin by looking at “Sunday (as) the Primordial Feast, Revealing the Meaning of Time.” This is the most brief of the five chapters. After this chapter (DD 74-80) … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 73: School of Charity, Justice, and Peace

Finishing up Chapter Four: 73. Lived in this way, not only the Sunday Eucharist but the whole of Sunday becomes a great school of charity, justice and peace. The presence of the Risen Lord in the midst of his people … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 72: A Sunday Commitment To Others

Saint John Paul has some practical advice here for those who go in peace and truly wish to love and serve God: 72. The Eucharist is an event and program of true (family). From the Sunday Mass there flows a … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 71: Practical Solidarity

We continue in Dies Domini with Saint John Paul getting “practical,” as the outline tells us. As we move into the era of the first Doctors of the Church, Ambrose of Milan challenges our expectations. Even to today, I suspect: … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 70: Sharing With The Poor

As I was reviewing my draft file in WordPress, I noticed the next Dies Domini post ready to go, one in which Pope John Paul II reflects on the intimate connection between the Christian, the poor, and Sunday. Just coming back … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 69: A Day of Solidarity

It’s a bit of serendipity that as we are discussing solidarity in Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium, the topic arises in our examination of an earlier document from an earlier pope. Sunday, in St John Paul’s eyes, is “A day of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 68: No Emptiness or Boredom

Sunday rest isn’t about inactivity or laziness. There is a real purpose for the day: 68. In order that rest may not degenerate into emptiness or boredom, it must offer spiritual enrichment, greater freedom, opportunities for contemplation and fraternal communion. … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 67: Sunday Gives Perspective

Can Sunday become a bastion where our attachments to consumption and collection might fade? If so, Saint John Paul suggests we will get in touch with more of our truly human aspects: 67. Through Sunday rest, daily concerns and tasks … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 66: Sunday Relieves Oppression

Keeping Sunday as a day of rest is not only a liturgical principle. Having its roots as a Jewish Sabbath, an observance and celebration of creation as well as a commemoration of liberation from slavery, there were secular aspects in … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 65: Sunday and Rest In Civil Society

Saint John Paul has a bit more to say on rest, how world views rest, and how the modern day situation retains the need for human beings to take their rest. Does human power and supremacy over the physical world … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 64: The Day of Rest

I don’t doubt that many people reach the weekend, or even just Sunday, and their reaction to the week is a heartfelt “Whew!” For the early Christians, Sunday was just another day to work, to labor, or even to be … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 63: Liberation

The liberation of Exodus was not the end of God’s saving hand. Clearly, believers struggled despite signs, wonders, and freedom. Exodus 14 didn’t erase Genesis 3. 63. Christ came to accomplish a new “exodus”, to restore freedom to the oppressed. … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 62: Sabbath Fulfilled

Christians do not keep the Jewish Sabbath. But the roots of the Torah are found in God’s liberating act of the Exodus. God cares for us, liberates and saves us. This suggests, invites, beckons a response on the part of … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 61: Day of People and Day of God

In DD 61, Pope John Paul II looks at the connection between the sixth day, when people were created, and God’s institution of the Sabbath. Saint Ambrose made the connection. If rest implies something of satisfaction or completion, then even … Continue reading

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