Monthly Archives: December 2011

Just Desserts

Liam sent me Jonah Lehrer’s piece, “Is The World Just?” It turns out that we all have an intuitive belief in justice – people get what they deserve. This instinct makes all sorts of social contracts possible, but it comes … Continue reading

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GDC 91: Five Points of Inspiration

Let’s read about five points where the GDC thinks RCIA is especially important: 91. In view of this substantial difference, some elements of the baptismal catechumenate are now considered, as the source of inspiration for post-baptismal catechesis. – the baptismal … Continue reading

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GIRM 90: The Concluding Rites

Let’s finish up chapter II, and with it, the Mass: 90. To the Concluding Rites belong the following: a) brief announcements, should they be necessary; b) the Priest’s Greeting and Blessing, which on certain days and occasions is expanded and … Continue reading

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Living in the 40’s

A tale of two analogies. Two prominent Catholics who seemed to have been at a loss for words. And for their troubles, they should have stayed that way, rather than venturing to make comparisons that somehow, don’t quite fit. GOP … Continue reading

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Thurible AWOL

Another first in my long years of liturgical ministry. Someone absconded with the parish thurible sometime in the past two weeks. Getting ready for the Vigil Mass Saturday night, the sacristan comes to the piano and asks where I put … Continue reading

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Saturn’s April Showers

The Astronomy Picture of the Day site posted this global portrait of the planet Saturn. Image credit: Cassini Imaging Team, SSI, JPL, ESA, NASA Astronomer Carolyn Porco describes that colorful swirly northern stripe here: Over the past year, a great … Continue reading

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GDC 90: “The baptismal catechumenate: inspiration for catechesis in the Church”

Why is RCIA so important? The GDC suggests that the way we form newcomers to the faith is the “inspiration” for the faith formation of believers. That doesn’t mean that RCIA is the model for everything catechetical. But inspiration suggests … Continue reading

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