Monthly Archives: March 2013

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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