Monthly Archives: April 2014

What Has Passed

I was looking at the Roman Missal prayer for the purification of liturgical vessels: What has passed our lips as food, O Lord, may we possess in purity of heart, that what has been given to us in time may … Continue reading

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Cardinal Bertone pushes back against his detractors, as reported here. In a general way, I did mention him last week as part of an episcopacy that is now being openly questioned by all comers. From his letter to dioceses he served: I … Continue reading

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EG 153: Reading With Attention

Pope Francis offers some spiritual guidance for a preacher’s lectio divina. 153. In the presence of God, during a recollected reading of the text, it is good to ask, for example: “Lord, what does this text say to me? What … Continue reading

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A New Polygon

No more octocards. With the addition of top diplomat Pietro Parolin, Pope Francis’ “cabinet” adds a side. It’s probably a tribute to the way Pope Francis has totally shaken up Catholicism that a phone call to Argentina and two po-e-saints … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 37: A Pilgrim People

The principle of the pilgrimage is a powerful one. In the modern experience, we are aware of the blending of space and time in a closely related awareness. To speak of a pilgrimage of time is within the modern grasp. … Continue reading

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EG 152: Spiritual Reading

How can preachers put some of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium advice to work? EG 152-153 explore “spiritual reading.” Everybody has her or his own take on what that means. Pope Francis suggests an openness to personal transformation. 152. There is one … Continue reading

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Bluebirds Of Unhappiness

For a sports league without playoffs, it sure has been exciting to follow the Premier League the past few weeks. Wales looks like a lock to lose one of its teams to relegation after that defeat yesterday. Just desserts, according … Continue reading

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