Daily Archives: 12 January 2008

Knees, Tongues, Laps, and Maturity

The essay on receiving Communion while kneeling and on the tongue from Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Karaganda, Kazakhstan is getting tons of traction in the blogosphere. CNS mentioned it earlier this week. I wasn’t sure what to say about it. … Continue reading

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Top Ten Astronomical 2008 Events

Joe Rao from Space.com lists his top 10 armchair astronomer events for the coming year. Feb. 1, Venus-Jupiter conjunction. This will be the first of two meetings this year between the two brightest planets in our sky. This one will … Continue reading

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The Perils of Prediction

The main danger is the lack of common sense. Just check out the Paleo-Future blog for a few laughs at how previous generations thought we’d be living. Whatever did happen to jet packs, monorails, and houses on the moon? LiveScience … Continue reading

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Tightening the Plumbing When Loosening is Called For

My internet friends know I’m a severe critic of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes. This story is catching some traction in the blogosphere, but I hope what caught my eye was just a reporter’s inaccuracy: Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, head … Continue reading

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RP 57: Concluding Prayer of Thanksgiving

This fourth part of the Reconciliation Rite strikes me as a prayer somewhat more developed than the usual collect, but clearly not as elaborate as either an anaphora, or blessing of baptismal water. Other examples given in the Rite of … Continue reading

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Introducing The Servant

Do you know the servant songs of Isaiah? They are all found in the second part of the book: 42:1-7, 49:1-6, 50:4-10, and 52:13-53:12. Without getting into Biblical exegesis and study (you can get that competently elsewhere) the assignment of … Continue reading

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RP 56: Proclamation of Praise

Part three of the Reconciliation Rite involves the “PROCLAMATION OF PRAISE FOR GOD’S MERCY” 56. When the individual confessions have been completed, the other priests stand near the one who is presiding over the celebration. The latter invites all present … Continue reading

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