Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Blessed Easter To All

New is this feast and all-embracing; all creation assembles in it. Joy to all creatures, honor, feasting, and delight. (Hippolytus) A blessed Easter to all.

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Nearly Midnight

I have a mixed heart today. This afternoon I heard the encouraging news of the Holy Father’s Mass in the Roman youth prison, which included washing the feet of young women and Muslims. Surely this must be throwing some of my … Continue reading

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Bad-Mouthing the Patriarchs

Lent concludes at sundown. Indeed, as this is posted, a good chunk of the Eastern hemisphere is already into the Triduum, washing feet and transferring the Eucharist for adoration and prayer. I’ve been noting the heightened discussion the past few … Continue reading

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Spy Wednesday

In the NAB, we read in Luke 22:4-5: (Judas) went to the chief priests and temple guards to discuss a plan for handing him over to them. They were pleased and agreed to pay him money. Pleased? The NRSV gives … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Cloud Atlas

I’ve spent over a week with David Mitchell’s thoughtful and intriguing Cloud Atlas. The book has been highly praised in critics’ corners. I noticed the film release a few months ago. But a book is nearly always better than its … Continue reading

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Still finding the stomach for an occasional lurk in the Catholic blogosphere these days. Of course, the progressives seem to be leaning to crowing and the Catholic Right seems split between disarray and spinning the new pope faster than a … Continue reading

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Getting Into My Gig, Part 1

I’ve enjoyed Rory Cooney’s entry into the blogosphere, Gentle Reign. I especially like the stories behind his songs and recordings. This week, his post on his thirty-year anniversary as a parish music director plucked a few of my historical strings. … Continue reading

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Snacking on the Word: Luke 22:33-34

I was struck by Peter’s earnest support in today’s Passion reading: Lord, I am prepared to go to prison and to die with you. And we know how that ended. Jesus said: I tell you, Peter, before the cock crows … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Acclamations During The Passion Reading

This might be in that twilight zone of things recently frowned on, but my parish has a long tradition of musical acclamations inserted within the Passion Gospels. I see the Lucan refrain of the thief on the cross used in many … Continue reading

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Ten Days In

NCRep editorial on Pope Francis. I’d like to take a look at some of the conclusions drawn in the middle of the piece. The editorial board suggests that the hierarchy has been behind the times in assessing the state of the … Continue reading

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Where Does This Holy Thursday Lead?

I’ve been reticent about posting on every news item coming from the vicinity of Pope Francis. Cardinal Law. Msgr Marini. Et cetera. It seems he will be celebrating the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a youth prison. It had … Continue reading

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I have yet to hear major things I dislike on the Pope Francis front this week. Now he wants to engage the Evil Empire the Dictatorship of Relativism non-believers as partners in the struggle for environmental conservation and for peace. … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ezekiel 36:23-28

In a preview of the Easter Vigil reading many of you probably won’t hear, let’s look at that strange prophet Ezekiel. I confess I found this man intimidating. Fiery wheels in the sky. Eating sweet lemon scrolls. Cutting off his … Continue reading

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The Stuff of Legends

So the various early stories about Pope Francis are coming up short on truthiness. No matter. I think what we are seeing is a groupthink of Catholics and a few others who have plugged into the Hope. I have to … Continue reading

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Meet Susanna Today

Today’s Roman Lectionary offers a stark contrast to yesterday’s cycle C gospel. On Sunday, a woman is accused of a crime she did commit. Today, another woman is accused, but she is innocent. Daniel the prophet to the rescue in … Continue reading

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