Monthly Archives: April 2015

Misericordiae Vultus 13: Mercy as a Lifestyle

This section strikes me as something of a pivot in the document. We’ve been primed with an introduction, some background in Scripture, and a certain continuity with Pope John Paul II. If the jubilee has a subtitle or a “theme,” … Continue reading

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Summer Plans

At this point, I probably know more about what will surface on this website this summer than what I’ll be doing in real life. I can tell you to what to look forward (or avoid) at this small corner of … Continue reading

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DPPL 286f: The Apostolic Dimension of Pilgrimage

Apostolicity is a quality of the Church, not just of the clergy. By going on pilgrimage, the believer imitates Christ, joining with other believers, living and dead. This apostolicity is a natural consequence of the liturgical dimension: Apostolic dimension. The … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 15: Lawful Therapeutic Means

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Strong words in the last few sections of HV, but if there is a pure medical reason for a procedure … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 12: The Beating Heart of the Gospel

Mercy is one topic which needs repeated presentation. 12. The Church is commissioned to announce the mercy of God, the beating heart of the Gospel, which in its own way must penetrate the heart and mind of every person. The … Continue reading

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DPPL 286e: The Worship Dimension of Pilgrimage

A liturgist appreciates this dimension: Worship dimension. Pilgrimage is essentially an act of worship: a pilgrim goes to a shrine to encounter God, to be in His presence, and to offer Him adoration in worship, and to open his heart … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 14: Unlawful Birth Control Methods

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. This section summarizes those that preceded, and gives Church teaching on contraception and sterilization in strong terms: 14. Therefore We … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 11: John Paul II, Rich in Mercy

Like Pope Francis, St John Paul II wrote on mercy quite early in his papacy. I was not aware of such writings in those college days of mine. If you check the links in the highlighted text, you’ll see it … Continue reading

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DPPL 286d: The Festive Dimension of Pilgrimage

In contrast to penance, there is joy, another human response. In addition to leaving our clutter at home, we can also set aside the things that drag us down, that prevent us from being more human, if not more Christ-like. … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 13: Faithfulness to God’s Design

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. I think Pope Paul’s example here is awkward: 13. (People) rightly observe that a conjugal act imposed on one’s partner … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 10: The Foundation of the Church’s Life

The very credibility of Christianity is at stake. It is a credibility not based on a more logical set of truths than someone else, or on a lineage of leadership. It is about the imitation of Christ. 10. Mercy is … Continue reading

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DPPL 286c: The Penitential Dimension of Pilgrimage

God offers us mercy on the journey.  If we are wise, we will accept the offer. Penitential dimension. Pilgrimage is also a journey of conversion: in journeying towards a shrine the pilgrim moves from a realization of (her or) his own … Continue reading

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Diagnosing the Wrong

Msgr Francis Mannion, frequenter contributor at PrayTell via his syndicated essays with CNA, sounds off on what’s wrong with Catholic liturgy: (N)ot everything is as it should be in the Church’s liturgical life. There is much unease in some quarters, … Continue reading

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Misericordiae Vultus 9d: Summarizing the Gospel of Mercy

Let’s summarize the parables of the past two days. This last paragraph deserves careful attention: As we can see in Sacred Scripture, mercy is a key word that indicates God’s action towards us. He does not limit himself merely to … Continue reading

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DPPL 286b: Pilgrimage and Exodus

The Exodus event defined a people of God. God continues to lead us on, despite our resistance and revolt: The exodus event, Israel’s journey towards the promised land, is also reflected in the spirituality of pilgrimage: the pilgrim is well … Continue reading

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