Monthly Archives: November 2016

Misericordia et Misera 2: The Sign of Forgiveness

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. The word count tips past seven-thousand, and many numbered sections contain multiple paragraphs. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. Remember at the … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 233: On The Defensive

Our defensiveness comes with a cost: 233. Faced with a crisis, we tend first to react defensively, since we feel that we are losing control, or are somehow at fault, and this makes us uneasy. We resort to denying the … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera 1: Looking at John 8

At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. In the first numbered section, we read of the inspiration for the title, the John 8 … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 232: Crisis

Paragraphs 232 through 238 address “The challenge of crises.” Ills befall us in the mortal realm, and marriages, though blessed by the grace of Christ, are no exception to the human condition. 232. The life of every family is marked … Continue reading

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Misericordia et Misera, Introduction

Was this a surprise to anyone? At the conclusion of the Jubilee of Mercy yesterday, Pope Francis issued an apostolic letter. Follow this link for the full document, Misericordia et Misera. Like other documents we’ve read here, we’ll take it … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 231: Casting Light on Crises, Worries, and Difficulties

We continue in Chapter Six, “Some Pastoral Perspectives (sections 199-258) and the fourth and longest subsection (231-252) which will begin to address the challenges of marriage in today’s world. Marriages evolve past that initial state of “honeymoon,” as the metaphor … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 230: Sacramental Moments

Pope Francis accuses us of missing opportunities when parents bring children for baptism and First Communion. I daresay he is right about many parishes and ministers. 230. It is true that many couples, once married, drop out of the Christian … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 229: Institutional Resources

What of the institutional Church? What are responsibilities for the school, the parish office, the hospital, the monastery, the chancery? More lists follow; how many of these aspects are provided by the Catholic institutions of which you are a part? … Continue reading

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A Psalm Survey For Christ The King

Across the three years of the Sunday Lectionary plus the Roman Antiphonary, we Roman Catholics have some interesting choices for the last Sunday in Ordinary Time. I don’t pretend to offer a thorough study of these several psalms–that would take … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 228: A Mixed Marriage

What of a couple who shares love, but not faith? 228. In some cases, one of the spouses is not baptized or does not want to practice the faith. This can make the other’s desire to live and grow in … Continue reading

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Some Aspects of Peace at Mass

Discussions on the Sign of Peace in the modern Roman Rite are not new to this site. We looked at it five years ago in our survey of the GIRM. We had a follow-up a few days afterward. Visitor Anthony … Continue reading

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Crickets and Sacraments

At PrayTell, Fritz Bauerschmidt wonders about the practice of wordless reception of the Eucharist among clerical concelebrants at Mass. It strikes me we have a lot of dialogue prior to the Communion procession: Eucharistic acclamations, including an Amen response to … Continue reading

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Amoris Laetitia 227: Faith Formation

Words are important. We can speak of education. That implies an ascendancy of the mind and will. One can learn the tools needed for a long-lasting marriage. We can also speak of formation. This word implies something deeper. Formation is … Continue reading

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Making Mistakes

I was reading about that veteran denied an advertised promotion because he was black. A facebook friend noted today the restaurant head was relieved of his job by national management. I’m skeptical this is a productive act. An attorney was quoted: Mr. … Continue reading

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5 Habits

I find it useful to read material some might consider out-of-bounds to gain some new insight as to an opportunity. I might read something non-Catholic to shed some light on something Catholic. I might turn to the secular business world … Continue reading

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