Daily Archives: 29 November 2013

Mediator Dei 38-40

Mediator Dei on the Vatican web site. But let’s zero in on the liturgy as a manifestation of a society: 38. For a better and more accurate understanding of the sacred liturgy another of its characteristic features, no less important, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Micah 6:1-6

The Micah 6:6-8 passage is better known than most any Old Testament passage.┬áDo justice, love goodness, walk humbly: this is sage advice from the very core of the Jewish tradition. Read then the verses that precede it: Hear, then, what … Continue reading

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Making a College Catholic

There’s more to this issue than I want to take time for, or that I have the experience to address. dotCommonweal has a second post on Catholic identity, following up from an earlier one, as well as the Cardinal Newman … Continue reading

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Is Cover-Up An Evangelization Issue?

CNS commentary on Evangelii Gaudium here. It is thus surprising that, with the possible exception of a reference to the “pain and the shame we feel at the sins of some members of our church,” Pope Francis does not even … Continue reading

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EG 4: Old Testament Joy

Advent is considered a season of joyful expectation. As Pope Francis draws on Isaiah, the prominent Old Testament figure of the season’s Scriptures, the confluence of joy is not surprising: The books of the Old Testament predicted that the joy … Continue reading

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An Infusion of the Holy into Holiday Music

On the drive to Thanksgiving dinner yesterday, we tuned in to two of central Iowa’s “Christmas stations.” I told my wife about my plan to count mentions of Jesus in holidays music. I think she’s amused by little projects like … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 37

Individual prayer of any sort, including the Divine Office, is meant to be harmonious with the celebration of the Mass. The Eucharist is always the most important, but that is not, or should not be incompatible with the believer’s approach … Continue reading

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