Daily Archives: 15 December 2013

Where Reform Begins

Another Pope Francis interview is up at La Stampa. I liked this response to the question about curial reform: A few months ago, an elderly cardinal said to me: “You have already started Curia reform with your daily masses in … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 71-75

What do we hope to accomplish in the celebration of Mass? Mediator Dei tells us (1) we give glory to God, (2) we give thanks, (3) we become reconciled with God, and (4) God sanctifies human believers. Rather than chop up the … Continue reading

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Advent Music: My Soul In Stillness Waits

I mentioned this song ten years ago today. I mentioned then that I wish Marty Haugen had set or adapted all of the O Antiphons instead of just four of them. The piece is well over thirty years old now, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Gestures of Blessing

At the end of every college semester, we call up graduates-to-be for a blessing before the dismissal rites. It’s been a fairly common, if not near-universal practice in parishes for the clergy to invite the entire assembly to “make a … Continue reading

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EG 21: The Missionary Joy of the New Testament

Yesterday we looked at some Old Testament underpinnings of evangelical joy. Today in our examination of Evangelii Gaudium, let’s turn to the witness of the early disciples. The seventy-two were sent by the Lord with less than three years under their … Continue reading

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