Daily Archives: 15 March 2012

Lent and the Eucharist

Let’s look at our second of seven “non-poll” first round choices. Today you get to choose between two “traditional” (but 19th century) hymns from the “violet bracket.” One is a Lent favorite, and the other was a staple of the … Continue reading

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The Cup Runneth Out?

An interesting story out of Rome: the Pontifical Council for the Laity ends its support for the annual soccer tournament of Roman seminarians and religious orders. Why? According to Rev. Kevin Lixey the seminarian outreach to youth ended. They are … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Romans 8:31b-35, 37-39

Of the Church’s many New Testament choices for funerals, six from from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans. And of those, five are contained in four central chapters 5 through 8. Is this significant? The Scripture scholar Brendan Byrne SJ … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Astronomy Non-Fiction

Two short and enjoyable reads this past week. Last night I finished Alone in the Universe. John Gribbin takes the reader through a careful tour–in turn: the galaxy, the sun, the solar system, the Earth, the Cambrian Explosion, and human … Continue reading

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GDC 182-183: The importance of youth for society and the Church

The theme of youth in society and the Church has been taken up in several documents. The title of today’s GDC section references a good handful: General Catechetical Directory 82; Evangelii Nuntiandi 72; 1977 Synod of Bishops, Message to the … Continue reading

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GIRM 353-354: Choices On Major Celebrations

Not very long, but full of common sense: 353. On Solemnities the Priest is obliged to follow the Calendar of the church where he is celebrating. An obvious case of the priest bowing to the pastoral and spiritual need of … Continue reading

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