Monthly Archives: March 2007

Ad Gentes 24

Yet (a person) must respond to God Who calls, and that in such a way, that without taking counsel with flesh and blood (Gal. 1:16), he (or she) devotes (her or) himself wholly to the work of the Gospel. This response, … Continue reading

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“I tell you, if they keep silent, the stones will cry out!”

(This is Neil.) What might Palm Sunday have to do with the environment? I would like to share part of a very good article from this week’s Tablet, written by Fr Paul McPartlan of the Catholic University of America (we earlier posted … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 23

With this post we begin chapter IV, “Missionaries.” Although every disciple of Christ, as far in (her or) him lies, has the duty of spreading the Faith, Christ the Lord always calls whomever He will from among the number of … Continue reading

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More Tridentine Reflections

CNS picks up on the buzz today. I suppose that means the traditionalists had it right all along, only the wrong year for implementation. A few observations: 1. I’m sympathetic to blunders made in implementing the 1970 Rite. But I … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Optional Penitential Rite

Sit in the chair and make some rulings on the Penitential Rite, including the Confiteor and Kyrie: (a) mandatory (b) optional (c) not a rubrical choice 1. Ash Wednesday 2. Palm Sunday 3. Mass of the Lord’s Supper 4. Good … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 22

The council bishops discuss the interplay of theology and what a “young Church” may have to offer the universal Church. The seed which is the word of God, watered by divine dew, sprouts from the good ground and draws from … Continue reading

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Something From the Cardinal Egan School …

  … of pastoral mismanagement? And talk about tuition hikes, this is like ascending Olympus Mons. But there is a bright side: multilingual computer geeks who know about architecture and Judaism. The academy is the brainchild of Catherine Hickey, the … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Triduum for Parish Clusters

Many parishes around the world share one priest. What’s a liturgist to do for the Triduum? A person from nearby Kansas gains the attention of Zenit’s Liturgy priest, Father Edward McNamara with this query: If a priest is pastor of more … Continue reading

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Two Suns As Good As One?

  Nice image, eh? If you were an alien with ADHD, the odds are you might catch at least one sun setting. Astronomers have long debated the possibility of planets forming in a double star system. Is this important? Our … Continue reading

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Paying Attention or Being Distracted

Scientists have found that different parts of the brain are stimulated by the functions of paying attention and being distracted. Getting distracted is actually an easier task for the brain, the scientists say. That seems logical; I’ve always found it to … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 21

The council bishops turn their attention to the laity, and in these following paragraphs, write of the hope that across the entire Church, lay people will add the necessary vitality and essence intended by Christ: The church has not been … Continue reading

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Ecclesia Virtualis Video

Watch three bloggers–Rock, Amy, and Grant Gallicho in action, hosted by St Joseph’s university, and moderated by Busted Halo. Among the interesting points are Amy’s retelling of the dawn of Catholic blogging. I used to think I was a latecomer, but I … Continue reading

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Ad Gentes 20

Ad Gentes lays out in a hierarchical way the tasks of a “young church.”  Since the particular church is bound to represent the universal Church as perfectly as possible, let it realize that it has been sent to those also … Continue reading

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I’ve liked this song a lot since I first heard it. No idea there was a video produced for it. Not sure what it means, but I still like it. View here. Too bad I didn’t really enjoy this band’s … Continue reading

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Canada Dollars

Many years ago in Iowa, my wife purchased this nice coin for me, imaged on the right. Since my boyhood days sifting through pocket change in Upstate New York, I collected Canadian coins alongside US issues. I don’t find anything … Continue reading

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