Daily Archives: 21 February 2007

Lent as Retreat: Resting Up

I love going on retreat. My wife probably knew that when she suggested many years ago that I take a more positive approach to Lent. A priest friend of hers (as well as many others) referred to Lent as the … Continue reading

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Not my idea; the pastor’s. Did you catch the line in this morning’s preface? Each year You give us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed. One of our fourth grade … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 18

How are religious educated? This was a concern of the council bishops, first stating their preference for higher education after the novitiate: Adaptation and renewal depend greatly on the education of religious. Consequently neither non-clerical religious nor religious women should … Continue reading

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“Remember, Man, that You are Dust”: Karl Rahner on Ash Wednesday

(This is Neil.) This is the text of a sermon preached in Munich on Ash Wednesday 1967, first published in Geist und Leben 40 (1967) and then in Grace in Freedom (it is also available here). I would advise reading this … Continue reading

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Perfectae Caritatis 17

What Vatican II said about religious dress: The religious habit, an outward mark of consecration to God, should be simple and modest, poor and at the same becoming. In addition it must meet the requirements of health and be suited … Continue reading

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