Monthly Archives: May 2015

Dives in Misericordiae 1a: Mercy Revealed

With this post we leap into the second encyclical of Pope John Paul II. Following Redemptor Hominis (1979) the topic of mercy may have been something of a surprise. I don’t find Dives in Misericordiae (“Rich in mercy”) to be … Continue reading

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PS 38: Easter Triduum

Remember, you can check the full document on this site, among many on the internet. We now leave behind Lent, its penitential services, baptismal vector, and Chrism Mass, and arrive at the summit of the liturgical year. Over thirty posts … Continue reading

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Reality Check

“Reality check.” A buzz phrase that seems to be getting a lot of notice and traction in the Church this weekend. A bit more than a million people voted to expand rights, and possibly responsibilities, for LGBT people in their small … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 31: A Great Work

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. With this post, we wrap up this momentous document. Whether in adherence or dissent, few would deny it was a … Continue reading

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Football, Plumbing, and Blogging

Swansea, and 17 other Premier League teams finished up their seasons yesterday. The ten-match simulcast on American networks took place in the morning. And being a Sunday churchgoer, I missed the live action. After I got home from a wedding consultation … Continue reading

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PS 37: The Penitential Celebrations in Lent

Remember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. A last work on Lent: 37. It is fitting that the Lenten season should be concluded, both for the individual Christian as well … Continue reading

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What About Sacramental Grace?

Peter Nixon’s blog post from last month got expanded into the latest issue of Commonweal. Good. He was certainly among the best of the Catholic bloggers of the last decade. I was pondering his musings about the relative frequency of … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 30: To Bishops

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. As our examination of Humanae Vitae draws to a close, we review Pope Paul’s request of bishops: 30. And now … Continue reading

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PS 35-36: Chrism Mass

Remember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. Today we take a brief look at the Chrism Mass. Sometimes this is celebrated prior to Passion Sunday, sometimes during Holy Week. Not … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 29: Christian Compassion

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The message to priests continues here, with a big emphasis on mercy: 29. Now it is an outstanding manifestation of … Continue reading

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Just A Thought on Guilt, Shame, and Public Relations

And maybe the subtitle here is “A Whole Lot of Questions.” My wife is an occasional viewer of the Duggar clan on tv. I know that over the years, the number of kids has upticked from 17 to 18 to … Continue reading

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PS 33-34: Passion and Homily

Remember, you can check Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. Other than the procession, the Passion narrative is the most notable aspect of the last Sunday of Lent. It certainly takes up the most time: 33. The Passion … Continue reading

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Difficulty With Pope Francis

It’s no secret that the past two years have been profoundly upsetting to people who, up till recently, defined their Catholicism in terms of institutional loyalty. In addition, some of their number would define others who disagreed with them (and … Continue reading

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Humanae Vitae 28: To Priests

Humanae Vitae is online at the Vatican site, and the text highlighted below is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana. 28. And now, beloved sons, you who are priests, you who in virtue of your sacred office act as counselors … Continue reading

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PS 31-32: Word and Music

Remember, you can check the full document Paschale Solemnitatis on this site, among many on the internet. A Word service should be celebrated in the absence of a priest: 31. Where the Mass cannot be celebrated, there should be a … Continue reading

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