Monthly Archives: November 2017

Hands Again

Some Catholic topics never go away. I noticed that Patheos is recycling the hand-holding discussion here. But I found a reasoning cited I admit I’ve not seen before: It can’t hurt to spread the word as much as we can. … Continue reading

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Aparecida 272: A Motherly Dimension

272. With her eyes on her children in their needs as at Cana of Galilee, Mary helps keep alive attitudes of attention, service, commitment, and selfless generosity that should distinguish the disciples of her Son. She also indicates what pedagogy … Continue reading

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Aparecida 271: Mary and the Word

Two recent popes underscore the connection of Mary with the Word of God. 271. She who “kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Lk 2:19; cf. 2:51), teaches us the primacy of listening to the Word in … Continue reading

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VNO 17: For The Unity of Christians

Much ink has been spilled–and many computer keystrokes tapped–in criticisms of the third edition of the Roman Missal and its English translation. Amidst the problems of unintelligibility, one valid complaint is with the layout of the Missal itself. The seventeenth … Continue reading

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Aparecida 270: Mary, School of Faith

Mary as a “school of faith.” Before looking down to the citation, to whom might you attribute the use of that title? 270. Today when the emphasis is being given to discipleship and mission in our Latin American and Caribbean … Continue reading

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Aparecida 269: Mary The Missionary

It’s not a title to be found in the great litanies of popular piety. But if we consider her post-Resurrection experiences, as well as our experiences of her all across a wide planet, Mary is certainly a missionary. She also … Continue reading

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The Problem Of Chit Chat

I see many keystrokes online are devoted to the latest from Pope Francis on liturgy: Mass isn’t the time for chit chat. It’s a time for silence, to prepare for dialogue, a moment of gathering yourself and prepare for meeting … Continue reading

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Aparecida 268: Mary, Human Mother

Some may recoil a bit at the suggestion of sexism, but there’s no doubt that function and bureaucracy could often use a softening and tenderness: 268. As in the human family, the Church-family is generated around a Mother, who confers … Continue reading

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Aparecida 267: Mary’s Unique Mission

Mary journeys with us on pilgrimage. She is also a disciple, a believer, and a missionary. She also has a unique role in God’s saving plan. We do well to reflect on that and look to her special and extraordinary … Continue reading

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The Dilemma of Mr Moore

There’s nothing positive to say about this defense of US Senate candidate Roy Moore: Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter A few of my Catholic fb friends took deep offense at it. I certainly would. I … Continue reading

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Aparecida 266: Mary, Disciple and Missionary

Over the coming week, we will explore the role of Mary in the evangelizing mission of Latin America and the Caribbean. This section is titled, “Mary, disciple and missionary.” Does that help us to pause and ponder? These are true … Continue reading

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Alien Intelligence

You read that term and what do you think? You know of my hobbies in astronomy and reading science fiction. If you are reading here, and even if you are turned off by one or both, you likely think of … Continue reading

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Pouting On The Porch

An unfortunate and inaccurate piece of the headline at RNS: heresy debate divides church. Francis issued a video message to a conference organized by Italian bishops on his controversial 2016 document on family life, “The Joy of Love.” The document has … Continue reading

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Aparecida 264-265: The Legitimacy of Popular Piety

Today we conclude our examination of popular piety with the Aparecida bishops. They cite their Puebla document from 1979, affirmed by Pope Benedict XVI: 264. Popular spirituality is a legitimate way of living the faith, a way of feeling part … Continue reading

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Aparecida 263: Popular Piety and Transcendance

263. We cannot deprecate popular spirituality, or consider it a secondary mode of Christian life, for that would be to forget the primacy of the action of the Spirit and God’s free initiative of love. I have come to agree … Continue reading

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