Monthly Archives: March 2014

Readying The Girl Cave

Day off today, so the basement got tackled. The young miss wants a somewhat larger bedroom. My wife was less enthusiastic about this in 2008 when we moved in. The basement was a better place to house the rabbits away … Continue reading

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English Bishops Push On Blogging

Bishops in the UK seem to have the internet in their sights these days. The bishop who muzzled a deacon is still getting bad press on some Catholics sites. (Like here.) The Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, directed this letter … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: V-S Day

When I was a kid, I didn’t think the space program was going fast enough, so I invented my own. Crewed missions, observatories, planetary exploration–most everything I thought was missing. Because of all that, I feel quite sympathetic to an … Continue reading

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EG 121: Called To Maturity

Pope Francis suggests evangelization is always a work in progress. What do you suppose he means by that? 121. Of course, all of us are called to mature in our work as evangelizers. We want to have better training, a … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 1: Sunday Has Sacred History

What’s so special about Sunday? The modern West doesn’t seem to care. We work, play, and treat it much like any other day. With maybe still a bit more leisure than other days of the week. But the encroachment by … Continue reading

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EG 120: By Virtue of Baptism …

… all are missionary disciples, according to Pope Francis. Well, and Jesus, too. According to the commandment: 120. In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have become missionary disciples (cf. Mt 28:19). This role … Continue reading

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Hobbit 2

The family and I viewed “Hobbit 2” at the discount theater the other night. I was curious about the decision to expand filming from one to two to three movies. I enjoyed the first Hobbit film well enough. As a … Continue reading

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Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The discussion on Pope Francis, negligent bishops, and what the former can or should do about the latter continues in the blogosphere (like here) and offline. The Holy Father has named a commission. I think we continue to wait and … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 16: The “Beauty” That Saves

Let’s wrap up John Paul II’s Letter to Artists. The final theme of the document, with a nod to Fyodor Dostoyevsky, “The ‘Beauty’ that saves.” 16. On the threshold of the Third Millennium, my hope for all of you who are … Continue reading

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EG 119: Missionary Disciples

Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, states “We are all missionary disciples.” What does he mean by that? We will explore the thought in the next three numbered sections. 119. In all the baptized, from first to last, the sanctifying power … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Stations of the Cross

The pastor forwarded an email from one of our students asking about Friday stations during Lent. Are they “traditional,” we were asked. Does a priest lead them? Good questions. What constitutes a “traditional” way of the cross? For many people, … Continue reading

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Christian Looks at Scripture and Salvation

My occasionally-frequently commenting friend Dick Martin is back in the comboxes. Rather than let the commentary stand there with Romans 6:3-9, I thought I’d pull it out and respond here. From Wednesday: This passage is talking to those who have … Continue reading

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Letter To Artists 15: The Creator Spirit and Artistic Inspiration

When Pope John Paul speaks of “the Creator Spirit and artistic inspiration” it’s pretty clear we can’t and don’t bypass the human imagination as a means for God’s grace to work in the world. 15. Often in the Church there … Continue reading

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EG 118: Faith Not Limited to European Culture

Someone else here remarked a number of weeks ago how Pope Francis seemed to cite documents of bishops’ conferences from around the world, unlike his predecessors. 118. The Bishops of Oceania asked that the Church “develop an understanding and a … Continue reading

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Dies Domini

The next document in the queue is another from Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini. The Vatican site has it in its entirety. We’ll cover it largely in the usual method here: daily posts plus brief reflection from me. Your … Continue reading

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