Daily Archives: 17 August 2014

Difficult Prayers

My parish has a long tradition of parishioners composing the intercessions for weekend Masses. I’m responsible for the final edit. I use that if we have a death of a parishioner and get word of it on Saturday. Otherwise I’m … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Wisdom 11:22-12:2

The book of Wisdom can be difficult. At least I have found it so. It is also rich with very lyrical passages. These are well-represented in the Lectionary, notably in the sacrament of Penance and for funerals. As I was … Continue reading

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DPPL 25: Sacred Time and Sacred Space

With Christianity out in the open, it adopted a sense of holy time. Some remark that in some cases, Christians took over pagan holidays not only for their own use but to overwhelm old observances. Likewise, with pagan architecture. Let’s … Continue reading

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EG 285: Jesus’ Gift To His People

In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis writes of Mary as “Jesus’ gift to his people.” We go to the foot of the Cross to receive that gift: 285. On the cross, when Jesus endured in his own flesh the dramatic encounter … Continue reading

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