Monthly Archives: October 2016

Archbishop Chaput At Notre Dame, Part 1

NCReg has a full text of Archbishop Chaput’s address at Notre Dame. This has been getting some notice in Catholic media online, aggregators, facebook, bloggers and such. One or another bit has been singled out, depending on where one surfs. … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 201: Conversion, Values, Critique, and Dialogue

In their preliminary document, the synod bishops identified some important areas for work. First, continuing conversion: 201. “This effort calls for missionary conversion by everyone in the Church, that is, one that is not content to proclaim a merely theoretical … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 200: Proclaiming The Gospel Of The Family Today

Sections 200 through 204 deal with the first of the Holy Father’s five pastoral topics. Another instance of that lovely and positive term, domestic church: 200. The Synod Fathers emphasized that Christian families, by the grace of the sacrament of … Continue reading

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Saturn in Music

Many classical music folks and astronomers know the Saturn movement from The Planets. Here’s a very obscure astronomy-related piece of music: Saturn by Alan Hovhaness. An abbreviated version is on YouTube here in concert. I see the old Crystal recording … Continue reading

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Singing The “Unsingable”

During the prelude of my parish’s funeral Mass today, one of my singers rendered this chestnut of modern sacred music as a solo. It brought to mind my experience of that piece thirty-plus years ago in another parish. During my grad … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 199: Some Pastoral Perspectives

Chapter Six of Amoris Laetitia finds the Holy Father discussing “Some Pastoral Perspectives.” As you might surmise, these are among the most controversial and most resisted of the teaching contained in this document. We’ll continue to take things carefully, one paragraph a day, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Hubble Cosmos

Upfront: I’ve been an avid reader of National Geographic since 1969. I usually catch up these days at the public library, as I never wanted to recycle their magazines. And those volumes get heavy as the years pile up. I … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 198: In-Laws

Pope Francis doesn’t shy away from a mention of some of the more challenging family relationships, the loved ones of one’s spouse: 198. Finally, we cannot forget that this larger family includes fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law and all the relatives of the … Continue reading

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More Grimm

Thirty episodes into viewing, I reviewed this show last month. Now I’m a bit into season 5. I have to give this program a solid B. It’s not without flaws. It’s also not without a devoted fandom. I haven’t hooked … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 197: This Larger Family

The question posed to Jesus echoes for us today: who is my neighbor? What persons will be in my extended Christian and sacramental family? 197. This larger family should provide love and support to teenage mothers, children without parents, single … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 196: A Big Heart

What does Pope Francis mean by a big heart? A pastor for whom I once worked often preached on this at weddings. Authentic sacramental love is self-giving, and ever-widening. It extends to friends and neighbors in need, and even to … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 195: More On Sisters and Brothers

This isn’t the first time Pope Francis has discussed the important of siblings: 195. Growing up with brothers and sisters makes for a beautiful experience of caring for and helping one another. For “fraternity in families is especially radiant when … Continue reading

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The High Queen of Late Night

One of the first star patterns I recognized as a young lad was the “W” (or “M,” from another perspective) opposite Ursa Major (The Big Dipper) from the north star’s constellation, Ursa Minor. These days, a northern hemisphere viewer will see this … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 194: Siblings

Today, we explore what it means to be brothers and sisters: 194. Relationships between brothers and sisters deepen with the passing of time, and “the bond of fraternity that forms in the family between children, if consolidated by an educational … Continue reading

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Newest Swan

The current longest serving Premier League manager speaking of his newest counterpart: He’s not a beginner, he has traveled a lot and has accumulated experience in the United States. He has been in Egypt, France (recently) and is now in … Continue reading

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