Monthly Archives: December 2008

PCS 173-174: A Child’s Proximate Death

Two other sections in the Rites of Pastoral Care of the Sick are referenced for a child who is suddenly near death: 173. If sudden illness or an accident has placed an unitiated child in proximate danger of death, the … Continue reading

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Adoption Days

Last Wednesday was a prime family holiday, marking the seventh anniversary of our child adopting us and our adoption of her. It was one of those supremely busy days for me, running from our morning staff meeting to the parish’s … Continue reading

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O Ruler of all the Nations

O ruler of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart, O Keystone of the mighty arch of humankind: Come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust   (The angel presents the stone of an arch)

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PCS 172: Sacraments for the Dying Child

A dying child should not only receive the three initiation sacraments, but celebrate the full rites, not just emergency abbreviated forms: 172. If it is appropriate, the priest should discuss with the parents the possibility of preparing and celebrating with … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Psalm 19:2

The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky proclaims its builder’s craft. The pope opens the International Year of Astronomy with one of my favorite psalms and praise for four centuries of telescopes and astronomical inquiry. Image credit for … Continue reading

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Ignorance All Around

I noticed a Zenit piece today on the ignorance of the press on religion. Rather damning is the WaPo’s ad for a religion reporter several years back: The “ideal candidate,” it said, is “not necessarily religious nor an expert in … Continue reading

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Mishaps Avoided and Not

The young miss had a beauty appointment with her Aunt Barb yesterday. I had enough time to get to Best Buy to pick up something for my brother, then get on I-35 for what I thought would be an uneventful … Continue reading

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PCS 171: Preparation, Renewal, Prayer

171. By conversation and brief services of readings and prayers, the minister may help the parents and family to see that their child is being called ahead of them to enter the kingdom and joy of the Lord. The period … Continue reading

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O Radiant Dawn

O radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:   Come shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death     (The angel presents the sun rising)

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“God Was Shining On Us”

  It was forty years ago that otherwise conservative NASA took its shot at the moon. False CIA intelligence and a delay in the manufacture of the lunar module inspired the Apollo 8 mission, which originally wasn’t even on the first … Continue reading

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PCS 170: Lay Ministry to a Dying Child

The Church foresees a broad ministry, as we’ve read earlier in this document. It includes not only lay people as proper ministers, but individuals in the medical professions as well: 170. At such a time, it is important for members of … Continue reading

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O Key of David

O Key of David, O royal power of Israel, controlling at your will the gate of heaven:   Come break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and lead your … Continue reading

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Proof

The proof will be how long Mr Donohue leaves his nativity scene in place. The Vatican display is up till February 2nd–how many Christians know why? (Hint: it’s not the groundhog.) I’d prefer a firmer focus on Advent from the Catholic … Continue reading

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The Parish Scrap Heap, and other Budgetary Concerns

I was notified about this post and thread on NLM, “Pay for Training, Not Music.” It’s always fascinating to see the reform2 movement reinvent the wheel on some items long after progressives have trod the same rutted road. I don’t know … Continue reading

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O Flower of Jesse’s Stem

O Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all people; rulers stand silent in your presence; the nations bow down in worship before you: Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid … Continue reading

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