Monthly Archives: November 2011

Spanish Lessons

My first Spanish lesson today. Made a stack of note cards for vocabulary–my weak spot with languages. Only the pets were home before dinner tonight, so I got to practice … Hola, mi gato blanco. Mi perra negra: The trick … Continue reading

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No Holding Kentucky Hands

The decree from Bishop Foys of Covington is making the rounds. Man, this has got to be taken from a chapter of the Joseph Ratzinger Manual for Public Relations. I can’t think of a worse time to throw a wrench … Continue reading

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GDC 73: Religious Instruction in Schools

Wrapping up Chapter II, the GDC turns to the topic of “Catechesis and religious instruction in schools.” (GDC 73-76) Today’s section, 73,┬áis labeled, “The proper character of religious instruction in schools.” Let’s read: 73. Within the ministry of the word, … Continue reading

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GIRM 53: Gloria in Excelsis

When you sing the Gloria, do you choose option 2 (antiphonal or responsorial), option 1, or option 3? 53. The Gloria in excelsis (Glory to God in the highest) is a most ancient and venerable hymn by which the Church, … Continue reading

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Regard Talk or Actions?

A quote from Dorothy Day: I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions. Seems appropriate in light of … Continue reading

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Ruth of the Dust Bowl

A bit of discernment ahead. If any readers would like to chime in, I’d appreciate. I’ve fielded a serious suggestion to set my next Bible musical in modern or near-modern times. Naomi and her family leave their rural homestead for … Continue reading

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Peer Intently

From William Miller’s biography: At the church door, Cardinal Terence Cooke met the body to bless it. As the procession stopped for this rite, a demented person pushed his way through the crowd and bending low over the coffin peered … Continue reading

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