Monthly Archives: September 2017

What’s Around, What’s Up Ahead

Site traffic keeps pace as people come here looking for wedding and funeral readings. I somewhat miss the repartee of the old days. For that, I guess there’s still Facebook. Pope Francis’ address the other week to the bishops of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 184-185: Missionary Disciples With Specific Vocations

Every baptized person can and could aspire to be a disciple. A lot of ink and keystrokes are expended on the ministry/volunteer thing. Extremists on both sides miss the point. That said, this coming section looks at ministries/roles/duties (however you … Continue reading

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Aparecida 181-183: Communion Between The Churches

Paragraph 181 begins a section entitled, “Episcopal conferences and communion between the churches.” First, a reminder that bishops share and interact in responsibility: 181. In addition to the service that they provide in their particular churches, the bishops exercise this … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option IV

Gaining momentum, Rod Dreher devotes the last three chapters of his book to two favorite topics for everyone: sex and technology. With regard to the former, it’s all the arguments about sex outside of heterosexual marriage from the culturewar. No … Continue reading

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Aparecida 179-180: More on Base Communities

In paragraph 178, we ended with some concern on the part of bishops for base communities that have lost an “authentic feel” for the Church. I mentioned in my comment on it that quite a number of groups might well … Continue reading

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Aparecida 178: Base Communities

Base communities. Small groups. Intentional living. Lots of variations on this point, moving away from the parish. We know parishes can’t provide the level of personal interaction needed by people. Let’s read what the Aparecida bishops build on, a tradition … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option III

Rod Dreher’s middle chapters on liturgy and community make the most sense to me. Once he gets out of politics, his thinking and the writing that represents it gets clearer. Liam’s comment brings it together for me: When Rod steps … Continue reading

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Aparecida 177: Sacrament of Reconciliation

You readers know I’m a skeptic when it comes to any notion of “exceptionalism” in generations–good or bad. When I read observations about a loss of a sense of sin, I think, “That’s not new. That’s always going on.” 177. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 176: The Imagination of Charity

A citation from Pope John Paul II on “the imagination of charity” blends with a call for the parish church to be on the watch for every possible opportunity to present itself and its members as agents for Christ in … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Benedict Option II

I made it through the second fifty pages since my last post on this book. Chapter Three involves a visit to an Italian Benedictine monastery. I find it curious that Mr Dreher would choose to cross the Atlantic to detail … Continue reading

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Aparecida 175: The Sacramental Life

Continuing with the Aparecida bishops as they look at parish life, we reflect with them on the sacramental life. The parish is the first setting one usually considers. That’s not to say the home or the diocese lack a sacramental … Continue reading

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Nice Ship

Before reading the reviews, my wife and I viewed the new sf show from Fox/Seth MacFarlane. Then I read the reviews. I had never experienced the series star before, so I have no point of reference to the criticisms of … Continue reading

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Aparecida 173-174: Parishes Developing Missionaries

Parishes need to train their lay people to something new, yet something essential to the mission of the Gospel: 173. The Fifth General Conference is an opportunity for all of our parishes to become missionary. The number of Catholics who … Continue reading

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Aparecida 172: Parish Renewal

Parishes today have great promise and high hopes. But most do not engage the mission of the Gospel optimally. We have a lot to learn–from the Lord Jesus himself as well as from the best practices of many communities that … Continue reading

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Aparecida 170-171: Parishes

Paragraphs 170 through 177 give us an examination of “the parish, community of communities.” We’ll take this in modest-sized gulps, starting with the Latin American bishops’ regard for the parish as a community of missionary disciples: 170. Among the ecclesial communities … Continue reading

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