Daily Archives: 7 November 2014

Synod on the Family 1: Introduction

Let’s begin our detailed look at another Church document, the final report, the “Relatio Synodi” of the recent synod of bishops. Remember the title: “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Read the full document here. Notice … Continue reading

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On Death and Culture

Let me say I am not a proponent of suicide, assisted or otherwise. Still, the case of Brittany Maynard intrigues me. My sense is that when a person faces death condemnation serves little or no purpose. Benjamin Corey’s insistence the … Continue reading

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DPPL 119: The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

In moving from Christmas toward Ordinary Time, we encounter a “rehabilitated” feast. The Orthodox link the revelation to the Magi with the revelation in the River Jordan and the miracle at Cana. This is likely not deep into Western thinking. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Dark Eden

Lacking the support of modern infrastructure in a fully-developed society–this is a common theme in science fiction that a stranded colony will regress if abandoned by Earth or lost to them. The idea has been visited many times by many authors. … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Sirach 6:14-17

Among many pastoral ministers, the entry of the eulogy into the funeral Mass is cause for much hand-wringing. The liturgy should focus on Christ. And the mercy and grace of God. The funeral isn’t a time to applaud a life … Continue reading

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