Monthly Archives: January 2014

Mediator Dei 151-153

Let’s turn our attention to the liturgical year according to Pope Pius XII: 151. Throughout the entire year, the Mass and the divine office center especially around the person of Jesus Christ. This arrangement is so suitably disposed that our … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Ephesians 6:10-18

Christians have always struggled to understand sin. We know something is wrong. Yet we still do it. Saint Paul struggled mightily with this, if we are to read between the lines of his letters. Many Christian saints struggled heroically against … Continue reading

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A Great Decline

So much for the meme that Vatican II caused the Great Decline of Catholicism. The commonality, not the causation of course, for Catholicism was missing the opportunity for a much-improved MR2 to replace the interim missal we had since the … Continue reading

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Aparecida 32: The Face of Christ

The final paragraph of this chapter on “Missionary disciples” is a short reflection on the face of Christ in the suffering.  In the face of Jesus Christ, dead and risen, bruised for our sins and glorified by the Father, in … Continue reading

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Adapting Catechumenate Rites

A recent comment from Ashwin Acharya got me thinking. His post begs the question: why is a school and not a parish conducting RCIA? He has an intriguing plan for students: (S)everal teenage students will be receiving the Sacraments of … Continue reading

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EG 65: Catholicism Still Has Cred

In Evangelii Gaudium Pope Francis reminds us that we still have credibility in the world. 65. Despite the tide of secularism which has swept our societies, in many countries – even those where Christians are a minority – the Catholic Church … Continue reading

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No Mercy in August: Osage County

Yesterday my wife and I did what we rarely do: see a movie in a theater. I was hoping for The Hobbit, but it was already gone from the first-run multiplex and not yet in the discount movie house. So … Continue reading

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Breakfast of Scholars

In the old days (before adolescence) I frequently prepared a hot breakfast for the young miss. In the modern era, maximizing sleep is a concern. There is often a single-digit number of minutes between waking and running for the bus. … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 150

Let’s wrap up Pope Pius XII’s examination of the Liturgy of the Hours with a look at possible lay participation: 150. In an earlier age, these canonical prayers were attended by many of the faithful. But this gradually ceased, and, … Continue reading

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EG 64: Developing Mature Moral Values

Pope Francis writes of the individualistic mentality some bring to Christianity. The lack of a communal orientation leads to this list of undesirable qualities: 64. The process of secularization tends to reduce the faith and the Church to the sphere … Continue reading

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Blow But No Snow

Yesterday morning I got up early, and my wife had left a note on the clothes dresser, “Blizzard Warning, Story County.” I heard the wind and looked out: completely dry. No snow. One does need snow to engage blizzard conditions. … Continue reading

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Mediator Dei 147-149: Psalms

The Psalms, ah! 147. The Psalms, as all know, form the chief part of the divine office. They encompass the full round of the day and sanctify it. Cassiodorus speaks beautifully about the Psalms as distributed in his day throughout … Continue reading

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The Meme Of Banal

I notice over at the Chant Cafe some discussion about reform2 Americans reforming Roman liturgical music. (Paul went there, so I suppose …) It rung a bell with some Praise Music as performance I saw there from earlier this week. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 30-31: The Evangelizing Mission

The last section of this chapter is devoted specifically to the church’s mission of evangelization – the what and the how. Paragraph 30 presents a summary of the message: God’s love, “good news for the poor and sinners,” and above … Continue reading

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EG 63: Bureaucratic and Unwelcoming

Pope Francis acknowledges two vectors: fundamentalist religion which gives people the answers, and a godless spirituality which accepts any answer the individual devises. (Over-simplification, I admit.) 63. The Catholic faith of many peoples is nowadays being challenged by the proliferation … Continue reading

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