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Monthly Archives: October 2014
On the fourth day of Christmas … 113. Since the sixth century, on 28 December, the Church has celebrated the memory of those children killed because of Herod’s rage against Christ (cf. Mt 2, 16-17). Liturgical tradition refers to them … Continue reading
I have a vague recollection of the associate pastor meeting with us in middle school forty-plus years ago to plan school Masses. One-word themes seemed to be common: love, peace, hope, and such. Maybe we and he got into a … Continue reading
Once we overcome the popular notion that Christmas Day ends the Christmas season, there are opportunities for the believer. The first of which may be the Sunday after Christmas: 112. The feast of the holy family of Jesus, Mary and … Continue reading
I had been following–but not jinxing the Royals by watching–the World Series. I had missed the Liverpool-Swansea match yesterday. The Swans won the League Cup before I knew there was a League Cup and before my corporate masters at NBC … Continue reading
Technically, we’ll start with before Mass, the recommendation to pray the Office of Readings: 110. Where possible, the Church desires that the faithful should prepare for the celebration of Midnight Mass on the 24 December with the Office of Readings(Cf. … Continue reading
I noticed Ross Douthat published an entry in his NYT blog in response to the many comments on his “precipice” piece from Sunday. He’s an intelligent, occasionally refreshing young guy. But sometimes I think faith can be over-thought. Why am … Continue reading
I have a moderately high opinion of John Allen’s endeavor at Crux. My caution is that I think he’s finding it difficult to fill the space that earlier this month was filled by the synod. I think he makes good … Continue reading
After I read Cardinal Nichols’ brief pastoral letter on the recent family synod, I got the idea Pope Francis is operating on a totally different plane from some of his critics. Cardinal Nichols pooh-poohs the idea the synod was a … Continue reading
In the developed world, Christmas Eve has superceded the day of the Nativity in the practice of many, at least as far as church is concerned. The Church lays out a set of options, some of which yet live, and … Continue reading
My young friend Elise sang brilliantly at her senior recital this past weekend. Lots of classical stuff and the usual art songs. I was delighted with William Bolcom’s “Amor.” I don’t have a medium of my friend’s version, but I … Continue reading
Fr Anthony posted at PrayTell today that it’s been two months since the CDWDS head was shipped off to Valencia. I wondered over there if all of the Holy Father’s candidates have turned him down. What if you posted a job … Continue reading
My wife greeted me with “Happy Anniversary!” this morning. “Anni” is not operative, truly. It’s been 225 months, 75 seasons, 18.75 years. WordPress sent me 8th anniversary greetings, too. I don’t follow those commemorations as closely. It will be ten … Continue reading
For reference, the so-called “short” document is online is here, in English. Today, I’ll reproduce the bishops’ final request of us, that we journey with them on this pilgrimage: We Synod Fathers ask you walk with us towards the next Synod. … Continue reading
Ross Douthat wrings his hands in the NYT: (A)dmitting the divorced-and-remarried to communion … conflicts sharply with the church’s historic teaching on marriage’s indissolubility. Except that it really doesn’t. Did he say “precipice”? I like to watch a bit when … Continue reading
How would you assess popular piety along these five points? 108. Much of the richness and complexity of the mystery of the Lord’s manifestation is reflected in displays of popular piety, which is especially sensitive to the childhood of Christ … Continue reading