Monthly Archives: February 2015

DPPL 232: Celebrate That Feast

A short section reminding us that a saint’s day is, by definition, a feast. And so we should act like it: 232. A “Saint’s day” also has an anthropological significance: it is a feast day. The feast also echoes (a person’s) vital … Continue reading

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Ambush

For my daily Lectio, I’ve been in the book of Sirach. A proverb from today’s prayer: Do not let the insolent bring you to your feet, or they may lie in ambush against your words. (8:11) The ambush of outrage … Continue reading

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Bible or Breviary?

Check the Pope Francis image snapped for Twitter. Which book is he holding?

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, Confession

Reconciliation involves remembering. Remembering is a human activity, and helps us recall the good and the bad. We take stock of where we stand and we look to the future. We emphasize the good things, because we want to repeat … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 40: Renewal in Discernment

The Church concedes this is not the world of a previous generation. We are not in a mission of recovery or rescue. We discern the times. And we do so together: bishops with religious superiors, as well as ordinary laity … Continue reading

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DPPL 231: Careful Preparation of a Feast Day

Saint days are not just about liturgy, or even devotion: 231. It is always necessary to ensure that the feast days of the Saints are carefully prepared both liturgically and pastorally. Such requires a correct presentation of the objectives of … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 39: Religious Vocations

Picking up on a theme from the previous section, here the Church discusses vocations. Remember, you can check the full document online here. One team, everybody works together: 39. Pastoral commitment for vocational recruitment is to be considered a privileged … Continue reading

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Four Principles

In a thread on married priests and reform2 at dotCommonweal, commenter Jack Rakosky applied an outline from Evangelii Gaudium suggesting this is how to read Pope Francis. In Chapter IV (EG 217-237) four principles are presented in part III, The … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Wild Beasts and Angels

Your parish cleric will proclaim one of the shorter Gospel readings in the Sunday Lectionary this weekend, just four verses of Mark 1, 12-15. At Mass last night I was struck by the companions of Jesus in the desert, according … Continue reading

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DPPL 230: Feast Days

230. Both the Liturgy and popular piety attach great importance to the feast days assigned to the Saints. The “Saint’s day” is marked with numerous cultic displays, some liturgical, others deriving from popular piety. Such cultic expressions can sometimes conflict. … Continue reading

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Wolves

I noticed the Vox Cantoris blogger has put up 66 links of support for generally being an internet stalker and insulting the EWTN Mother A corollary in Canada. My sense is that this has gone from one guy nipping at … Continue reading

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Swans Double On Man U

After this morning’s parish liturgy workshop, I caught most of the Swansea-Manchester United tilt. Yeah, Swans. 2-1. I couldn’t gloat too much at home; the young miss prefers the big-time side. You know how sensitive teen girls can get about … Continue reading

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Mutuae Relationes 38: Responsibility of Religious Superiors

It makes sense that leadership in religious communities also bears responsibility for a fruitful engagement of their members in the life and ministry of a diocese. Do you think bishops and superiors talk more than they did in 1978? 38. Major … Continue reading

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DPPL 229: Some Pastoral Inferences

229. From the foregoing reflection on the origin and development of the Calendarium Romanum Generale a number of useful pastoral inferences can be made: The Church offers us four important thoughts based on DPPL 227-228. In essence these reflect the … Continue reading

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Creepy

I noticed a flurry of links at Pewsitter about a priest threatening legal action against a Canadian blogger. The former is a fellow Rochesterian who founded and still heads Salt and Light Television, Canada’s version of EWTN. Except not as … Continue reading

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