Daily Archives: 22 December 2014

Just Get Some Rest

It’s not just the curia who could be looking at Pope Francis’s blistering message. It occurred to me that many of the ailments describe the sicknesses of pastoral ministry. I was struck by the second one as personally applicable, that … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Christmas Liturgy Schedules

By now, the Christmas liturgy schedule at your parish should be set. We all recognize that, over the years, Catholics have drifted to an earlier observance. I noticed in my old Kansas City parish has cranked their Christmas Eve schedule … Continue reading

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Synod on the Family 46: Respectful Accompaniment

Read the full synod document here. But in this paragraph, we focus briefly on the theme of accompaniment. It’s not a surprise that a Jesuit like Pope Francis would adopt and speak of this theme. The Society of Jesus was … Continue reading

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DPPL 168: Wounds

Yesterday we began a consideration of the wounds of Christ. These are thought to be among the inspiration for the devotion to the Sacred Heart. The DPPL cites Augustine in a very graphic passage. Do we consider the wound in … Continue reading

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