Monthly Archives: February 2010

Pell: All Are Welcome

It’s always a dangerous trend in the spiritual life to move the focus to the supposed sins and sacrileges of others. In the early centuries AD, the monastic tradition began when believers felt the faith wasn’t being lived in the … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: John 9:3

Why do people suffer? When asked by the disciples about human misfortune–specifically about a man born blind, Jesus diverts their leading question and responds: Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be … Continue reading

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RCIA 331: Exceptional Circumstances

RCIA 331-369 covers “Christian Initiation of Adults in Exceptional Circumstances.” We will examine the explanatory section (331-339) in detail. The remainder of the section gives rubrics and ritual texts for the celebration of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Eucharist. When we … Continue reading

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Liturgy in Honduras

My friend John Donaghy, a long-time staff member at my current parish, has been in Honduras for the past few years assisting in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán. Many of our students and resident parishioners have traveled there … Continue reading

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Essential Music for Lent

Not a “top ten” list here, but a brief list of essential Lenten music every church musician–singer or instrumentalist–really must know.  In some of these I don’t give specifics as to a particular piece of music, but I would assume … Continue reading

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Losing One’s Soul For Preservation of the 50’s

More from the self-styled orthodox in the combox at Rorate Caeli: If Benedict XVI revokes completely communion in the hand I shall return to Mass. Does this seem to be eerily similar to the pro-torture premise: (L)et’s say that I … Continue reading

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We have a new parishioner, a university post-doc from Poland. She has ample singing experience in some really fine choirs in her native land as well as Scotland. Last week she mentioned her famous countryman’s favorite liturgical song, and look … Continue reading

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