Daily Archives: 18 February 2015

Joel Anticipates Max

When I heard this line from┬áthe first reading this morning, I immediately thought of our friend Atheist Max: Spare your people, LORD! do not let your heritage become a disgrace, a byword among the nations! Why should they say among … Continue reading

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Closing in on Ceres

The Dawn spacecraft is nearing the dwarf planet and largest asteroid Ceres. Nice pair of images on the APOD site today. Scientists are pondering the white spots on the surface, but I’ve seen things like this before. Compare Ceres (imaged … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Liturgy Without the Sacrament

I had an intriguing conversation with the pastor a few months ago. I’m still mulling over the implications. I have to wonder if some other parish hasn’t done this already. It’s in the Roman Missal, the page before the Ash … Continue reading

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Listening On Ash Wednesday: That Campaign of Service

In today’s collect, a curious wording that struck me: Grant, O Lord, that we may begin with holy fasting this campaign of Christian service, so that, as we take up battle against spiritual evils, we may be armed with weapons … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: An Examen For Ash Wednesday

Few saints I think of are better companions into Lent than Ignatius of Loyola. His spirituality is tailor-made for a serious lay person. I find he balances a certain rigor with a realization that we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously, … Continue reading

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