about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve in worship and spiritual life in a midwestern university parish.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
Vatican II pages
- Joyful Alleluia
- Reconciliation Lectionary: John 15:9-14
- Dies Domini 31: The Risen Christ Inspires Community
- EG 148: Preaching With Balance and Perspective
- Cosmos Looks At Lead
- Hell and Remarriage: Whose Business?
- Saints To Be Made
- Dies Domini 30: An Indispensable Day
- Prelates Pressured
- EG 147: Meaning Beyond The Details
Reconciliation Lecti… on Wedding Lectionary: John 15:9-… Ray MacDonald on Saints To Be Made Devin on Saints To Be Made Jim McCrea on Saints To Be Made Liam on Saints To Be Made Liam on Dies Domini 29: The Day of… John Chrysostom on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Janet on Wedding Lectionary: Sirach 26:… Todd on Socks Off FrMichael on Private Masses–Bleah!
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Category Archives: Mediator Dei
Remember, this document is written to and for bishops. Keeping that in mind … 176. In keeping with your pastoral solicitude, Venerable Brethren, do not cease to recommend and encourage these exercises of piety from which the faithful, entrusted to … Continue reading
Part IV of Mediator Dei begins with some “practical applications.” 172. In order that the errors and inaccuracies, mentioned above, may be more easily removed from the Church, and that the faithful following safer norms may be able to use more … Continue reading
Let’s wrap up Pope Pius’ examination of the Blessed Mother, and with it, Part III of this encyclical letter (MD 138-171) addressing the Liturgy of the Hours and the Liturgical Year: 170. Throughout this liturgical journey which begins anew for … Continue reading
Mary is preeminent among the saints, and there are many reasons for this, based on Scripture as well as Tradition: 169. Among the saints in heaven the Virgin Mary Mother of God is venerated in a special way. Because of … Continue reading
Then, as is true today, saints are important to us Catholic believers: 166. In the course of the liturgical year, besides the mysteries of Jesus Christ, the feasts of the saints are celebrated. Even though these feasts are of a … Continue reading
I think many would suggest that the Passion, Death, and Resurrection as one mystery is essential Christianity. This is how the Roman Eucharistic Prayers stress it. A strong examination of the Passion is certainly part of our twenty-century tradition: 164. … Continue reading
Pope Pius XII offers a critique of a movement that, perhaps, we have seen a bit of in churches and in Catholic piety: 162. From what We have already explained, Venerable Brethren, it is perfectly clear how much modern writers … Continue reading
Easter joy: 159. At the Paschal season, which commemorates the triumph of Christ, our souls are filled with deep interior joy: we, accordingly, should also consider that we must rise, in union with the Redeemer, from our cold and slothful … Continue reading
The seventeen-day period prior to Lent is referenced here, as is that prime penitential season: 157. During the days of Septuagesima and Lent, our Holy Mother the Church over and over again strives to make each of us seriously consider … Continue reading
The liturgical year begins with Advent–this was true prior to Vatican II, of course. The sense of Advent prior to the council was a bit more penitential, hence this witness of Pope Pius: 154. In the period of Advent, for … Continue reading
Let’s turn our attention to the liturgical year according to Pope Pius XII: 151. Throughout the entire year, the Mass and the divine office center especially around the person of Jesus Christ. This arrangement is so suitably disposed that our … Continue reading
Let’s wrap up Pope Pius XII’s examination of the Liturgy of the Hours with a look at possible lay participation: 150. In an earlier age, these canonical prayers were attended by many of the faithful. But this gradually ceased, and, … Continue reading
The Psalms, ah! 147. The Psalms, as all know, form the chief part of the divine office. They encompass the full round of the day and sanctify it. Cassiodorus speaks beautifully about the Psalms as distributed in his day throughout … Continue reading
Pope Pius XII emphasizes interiority again. This time, in connection with the daily prayer of the Church: 145. To this lofty dignity of the Church’s prayer, there should correspond earnest devotion in our souls. For when in prayer the voice … Continue reading