Monthly Archives: June 2014

Pope Francis Meets The Astronomers

Sounds like a title of a children’s book. But it’s the one sentence descriptor of his encounter with students and faculty from the Vatican Observatory’s School in Astrophysics, a summer school akin to mine here in Omaha. Different topic, is all. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Margaret of Scotland

Emma from emmasrandomthoughts offers today’s entry for 2014 Worthy Women.  Please frequent her blog and chime in on films and other topics there. St. Margaret of Scotland was an English princess, but she actually spent very little time in England. Her father … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 86: Entrusting Sunday to Mary

A word for the Blessed Mother: 86. I entrust this Apostolic Letter to the intercession of the Blessed Virgin, that it may be received and put into practice by the Christian community. Without in any way detracting from the centrality … Continue reading

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Heading To The Synod, Already Deficient

October’s Synod’s preliminary document, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization is up. This is the working document the bishops and other participants will draw from as they discuss the interplay between families, faith, and the all-important … Continue reading

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EG 209-210: Concern For The Vulnerable

Pope Francis, in Evangelii Gaudium, addresses “Concern for the vulnerable” in numbers 209 through 216. These eight sections, by the way, will wrap up his examination of “The Inclusion of the Poor in Society” (186-216) in the larger chapter (EG 176-258) covering … Continue reading

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No Good Morning

According to the Catholic Herald, Archbishop Tagle gives his Manila priests some liturgical advice: With all due respect, my brother-priests, I do not see the need for saying “good morning” and similar greetings when God’s real presence in the Holy Eucharist alone suffices. … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Elisabeth of Schönau

When we think of women mystics in Germany, we so often think of Hildegard of Bingen – for good reason. Her fame has spread, especially in recent years. In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI named her a Doctor of the Church. … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 85: The Spirit Sustains

The Father made us. The Son saved us. The Holy Spirit sustains us in thanksgiving and hope. Our focus on Sunday is not an artifact of an ancient religion, but a living aspect of our faith in a living and … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Hymns of the Day

Many modern Catholic hymnals include a section listing “Hymns of the Day.” What are these? Supposedly, there is to be found in the repertoire a congregational hymn that fits well with one or more of the readings of the day. … Continue reading

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Open Season or No More Blanket of Protection?

I followed a Catholic Herald link to these Rorate Caeli musings that it now, somehow, open season on conservatives. Whatever that means. Church politics is always complex. I suspect that it might be less a shift and more about a … Continue reading

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EG 207-208: Final Words on Economy and Distribution

Pope Francis offers two final thoughts on “The economy and the distribution of income.” The first is for the Church: 207. Any Church community, if it thinks it can comfortably go its own way without creative concern and effective cooperation in … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Margery Kempe

Margery Kempe was a contemporary of Julian of Norwich. Scholars know a lot about her life because of her autobiography–the first thought to be published in the English language. I had some difficulty including her in the listing. She was … Continue reading

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Dies Domini 84: Testimony And Proclamation

Proclamation is associated with the explicit preaching of the Gospel message. It is a kerygmatic function of the Church, part of our obligation to the Great Commission (cf. Matthew 28:19-20). 84. Sustaining Christian life as it does, Sunday has the additional … Continue reading

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EG 206: Economy As An Art

Pope Francis reminds us that there is a wide meaning to that vocabulary word. There’s an artistic sense in making do with a minimal amount and creating something more than the sum of parts. These days, too many people think … Continue reading

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Two Weeks of Worthy Women: Julie Billiart

Turning perfectly well-discerned and healthy communities into monasteries: one of the biggest errors of imprudence clerics have imposed on women. During the days of Napoleon, Julie Billiart, saint-to-be, found herself pressured by another tyrant to rewrite the constitution of her fledgling community, and shove … Continue reading

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