Monthly Archives: September 2006

Suffering and the Three Fountains

This Sunday’s Credo column in the Times is written by Monsignor Roderick Strange, Rector of the Pontifical Beda College in Rome. It concerns a very difficult line in the Letter of James, “You do not possess because you do not … Continue reading

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Bride and Groom: How Far Do They Go?

    According to St Paul, this Scriptural image tells us a lot about the relationship between Christ and his Church. In Ephesians 5:21-33, the apostle begins with a teaching about a loving order within a Christian household, but in … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 50

Vatican II on saints: a bit of history beginning with martyrs, then working to the veneration of religious, then folks who were just plain good role models. Fully conscious of this communion of the whole Mystical Body of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 49

What the Church teaches on the role of and our relationship with the dead: Until the Lord shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him (Cf. Mt. 25, 31.) and death being destroyed, all things are subject … Continue reading

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Sensibly Catholic

If you are one of our scores of new visitors these past few days, welcome. The comment boxes here are polite and peaceable, though the undercurrent of feelings, thought, and prayer is fervent and devoted. One might think after nearly … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 48

Lumen Gentium Chapter VII leads off: THE ESCHATOLOGICAL NATURE OF THE PILGRIM CHURCH AND ITS UNION WITH THE CHURCH IN HEAVEN The Church, to which we are all called in Christ Jesus, and in which we acquire sanctity through the … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 47

Closing up the discussion on religious life: Let each of the faithful called to the profession of the evangelical counsels, therefore, carefully see to it that (she or) he persevere and ever grow in that vocation God has given … … Continue reading

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The Exchange of Gifts: Spiritual Ecumenism

If you are coming to this blog for the first time or just the first time in a while, please read Todd’s “Sixty Minute Plan” post below. A good number of Catholics, I suspect, regard ecumenism as an unexciting institutional … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 46

We’ve moved past Vatican II’s look at the call to holiness of all believers, and are into the examination of religious life. Today’s theme seems to center on setting a good example for others. Religious should carefully keep before their … Continue reading

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Sixty Minute Plan

I’d like to ask your assistance for a project I’ve been asked to undertake. The committee at my parish responsible for organizing First Friday Eucharistic Adoration thinks a plan for newbies might be helpful. I’ve drafted this “Sixty Minute Plan … Continue reading

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Violent Christians?

In the current issue of Christianity Today (this article is not online), the Yale theologian Miroslav Volf and his colleagues at the Yale Center for Faith and Culture suggest that, if Christians are to exemplify a “counterculture for the common … Continue reading

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The Small Parish Problem

You know: where the Roman disciplinary requirement of mandatory celibacy does a smackdown on the Catholic faithful and their celebration of the Eucharist. On the Communion Service thread below, the issue of ordaining viri probati, proven men, to the priesthood … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium 45

More on religious life … It is the duty of the ecclesiastical hierarchy to regulate the practice of the evangelical counsels by law, since it is the duty of the same hierarchy to care for the People of God and … Continue reading

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Sounding Off On Communion Services

Thanks for your posts on this topic from yesterday. On the armchair liturgist series, I try to toss out a question and hang back to see what people will say. Even though this is a fairly radical idea, I’d rather … Continue reading

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Dialogues

I should have been more clear on what I wrote about the priest + people dialogues at Mass. The Lord be with you And also with you This frequent one and the other more extended ones for the introductory rites … Continue reading

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