Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dives in Misericordiae 2b: A Visible Mercy

Mercy didn’t begin with the Incarnation and Paschal Mystery. The Israelites were certainly aware of God’s mercy. Indeed, they had many terms for it, variations on a theme, if you will: In this way, in Christ and through Christ, God … Continue reading

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PS 43: Triduum Issues in Various Communities

Remember, you can check the full document on this site, among many on the internet. The Church is right to set a high bar in terms of good liturgy and music for communities than can handle the responsibility. But not … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 2a: The Incarnation of Mercy

Numbered section 2 is titled “The Incarnation of Mercy,” and over the next few days, we will explore what it means to give flesh and substance to the mercy of God. Pope John Paul II first turns to the New … Continue reading

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PS 42: Music for Triduum

Remember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. After some short sections the past few days, we pastoral  musicians get a nice juicy one in PS 41: 42. The chants of … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 1d: Linking Anthropocentrism and Theocentrism

I read a lot of hand-wringing online about the Church, and liturgy in particular regarding our focus. Too much or not enough on people? Is God missing? Pope John Paul II would seem to reject the notion that our authentic … Continue reading

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A Catechetical Shift

Pope Francis addressed a meeting hosted by the Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization. You can go to the link for a bit more context, but here’s the conclusion of the address as reported by asianews.it: The question … Continue reading

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British Football

This is probably my last football post for a few months. Somebody sent me a facebook notice about Manchester United playing in Chicago in July. I wonder how the build-up for the big match is going in England’s royal family. … Continue reading

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PS 41: Preparing Triduum Ministries

Paschale Solemnitatis is on this site, among many on the internet. Feel free to check the full document as you wish to keep a perspective on these posts in case you’ve missed some entries. 41. For the celebration of the … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 1c: Accompaniment

Pope John Paul II,  in 1980, was well aware not all was right in the world. People were suffering, in doubt, and discouraged as they are today–and not just those under the shadow of the Soviets and Asian socialists. For … Continue reading

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From The Sky, Diamonds

I was not aware some meteorites falling to Earth often contain small diamonds. These are not gem grade crystals, not even the bigger ones described here that fell into an African desert in 2008: Large diamonds are most likely to … Continue reading

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PS 40: Liturgy of the Hours During the Triduum

Remember, you can check the document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. The end of Holy Week is a disruption for a number of good Catholics. The regular Mass schedule is interrupted for three days. But … Continue reading

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Secret Meetings … So?

I caught a few headlines (like this one) on those supposedly secret meetings in Rome among those seeking to advance/derail the synod agenda. I think I’m not invited to most meetings in the Church. So if some people want to … Continue reading

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Dives in Misericordiae 1b: The Revelation of Mercy

If Redemptor Hominis gave us an outline of the focus of John Paul II’s papacy, a reflection and elaboration of the relationship between people and their God, this encyclical will focus on a particular quality that Christ reveals to us: the mercy of … Continue reading

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PS 39: The Paschal Fast

Remember, you can check the full document Pashcale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. In this section, we are reminded that Friday and Saturday are both days of fasting and abstinence. Saturday, of course, is optional. This … Continue reading

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A Council, Full Greatness To Come

Interesting discussion at PrayTell about that conference at Georgetown on Vatican II. Naturally, the h-word makes an appearance. I think the importance of Vatican II has yet to be noted. If it proves to be the spark that brings a … Continue reading

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