Daily Archives: 21 December 2013

Mediator Dei 86

Pope Innocent III acknowledged that lay people do indeed offer the Eucharistic sacrifice. Another saint, testifies, too: 86. This has already been stated in the clearest terms by some of Our predecessors and some Doctors of the Church. “Not only,” … Continue reading

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The Long Psalms

The long psalms have been a curiosity to me ever since I first cracked open my mother’s Bible. Being a good Baptist, she referred to what is now my favorite book in the Scriptures as Psalms, and in her KJV, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Arm Gestures For Prayers

Just got back from a simply lovely wedding: an older couple in their thirties, very faith-filled. Some non-Catholics attending. The leader of the prayers of the faithful was a young lady, perhaps ten-ish. I noticed at the rehearsal last night … Continue reading

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Aparecida 19: Starting Where We Are

Part One, “The Life of Our People Today,” begins with a note on the methodology used in the document. I commented on the methodology in a previous post. But what is striking about paragraph 19 is the praise heaped on … Continue reading

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EG 28: The Parish

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, praises the parish. I think he is right, in theory, to propose the flexibility, adaptability, and renewal-minded potential of the neighborhood or town church. This is not a new affirmation; Pope John Paul II also … Continue reading

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