Monthly Archives: November 2007

Sing To The Lord Online

The USCCB posted the new music document online. Go read, if you wish, and return with comments. I suppose we’ll eventually get around to a reading of it here. Maybe sooner rather than later.

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RP 6: Sacrament of Penance and its Parts

The Rite of Penance Introduction outlines the sacrament. The initial understanding is that a penitent operates from a posture of conversion: 6. Followers of Christ who have sinned but who, by the prompting of the Holy Spirit, come to the … Continue reading

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Going to Godlessness

… will likely be the interpretation some Catholics will give USCCB’s review of the film The Golden Compass. There is, admittedly, a spirit of rebellion and stark individualism pervading the story. Lyra is continually drawn to characters who reject authority … Continue reading

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Another Candidate Ocean Moon?

Triton’s surface, according to a new crater study, is far, far younger than what we might have thought before the era of space probes. The Neptunian moon, 7th largest in the solar system, joins Europa and Enceladus (left) as likely … Continue reading

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RP 5: Reconciliation With God And With The Church

Today’s post reviews the damage caused outside the person by the sinner. First, a review of the notion that sin disrupts our relationship with God: 5. Since every sin is an offense against God that disrupts our friendship with him, … Continue reading

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  The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has a new web page up, PlanetQuest. You can track daily updates to the current count of exoplanets, bodies discovered outside the solar system. We have yet to be able to image planets directly, but … Continue reading

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RP 4: Penance in the Church’s Life and Liturgy

Section 4 continues the theme of the people of God accomplishing continual conversion: 4. The people of God accomplish and perfect this continual repentance in many different ways. They share in the sufferings of Christ [See 1 Pt 4:13.] by … Continue reading

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Luna With Logograms

China’s Chang’e-1 lunar orbiter sent this image back to Earth, released by China’s space agency Tuesday. I’m sure that the logograms next to this lunar landscape would give some people pause. I can imagine the sensation this kind of image … Continue reading

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Swimming in Acid?

Check out this piece on the oceans under Europa’s ice crust. If sulfur and hydrogen are big part of the picture on Europa, that sixty-mile-deep ocean might be an acid bath. Sulfuric acid, that is. Count me as a … Continue reading

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Blogging Light

… the past few days. Tuesdays are always the busiest of my days, what with our weekly staff meeting, plus the usual agendas. I also have my weekly five-hour gig at a nearby children’s center, working with the teens and … Continue reading

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Europe a Wing, Not the Center

 … where Christianity is concerned. According to Pope Benedict, who offered a reflection on St Ephrem today: According to general opinion, Christianity is a European religion that has exported the culture of this continent to other countries. The reality, though, … Continue reading

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RP 3: Holy, but Needful of Purification

Under the second header, “Reconciliation of Penitents in the Church’s Life,” we have section three titled, “THE CHURCH, BOTH HOLY AND ALWAYS IN NEED OF PURIFICATION” 3. Christ “loved the Church and gave himself up for it to make it … Continue reading

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Money Mismanagement in Chicago

dotCommonweal linked to this report in the Sun Times on a parish business manager claiming to be fired for blowing the whistle on a corrupt pastor. Another public scandal over which the Church will come off looking very badly. Sex, … Continue reading

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RP 2: Rooted in Baptism and Eucharist

What is the relationship between penance and the other sacraments? The Rite of Penance suggests a close link with the grace of forgiveness received in baptism: 2. This victory is first brought to light in baptism where our fallen nature … Continue reading

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Front Page News Again

The Star had a Sunday feature on the lawsuits nearing trial against the diocese and two of our priests. It was the talk of the lunch table today at the parish; one of the accused served at my present parish … Continue reading

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