Monthly Archives: January 2019

Children In Church

The “Rebuilt” priest, Michael White, has stirred a nest of hornets in his opinion that parents aren’t encouraged to bring little children to Mass. It’s a reasonable notion. It’s also not the only notion. In his book, he cites testimony … Continue reading

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It seems like four out of five times I begin to write a blog post, I ask myself, why? My reading for enjoyment has picked up quite a bit the past two months. But instead of writing a book review … Continue reading

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Dish Or Font?

With fewer parishes withholding the dishes at the door than the common cup, maybe it’s a good time to check in on practices and terminology. “Font” generally means something one can be baptized in, so that term, though common in … Continue reading

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The Never-Ending Story

The MAGA/Phillips confrontation is still fueling discussion on social media. Since two sides seem to have more or less ossified, facts and information are pretty much irrelevant from here on out. One feature I’ve noticed is circling the wagons around … Continue reading

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Waiting For Good News

So, a lot of heat and a bit of light for the unfortunate March For Life post-game between Native Americans protesting their own thing, and Trump-attired Catholic teen boys waiting for the bus. Until this story broke, most of what … Continue reading

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Here I Am: Praying with Psalm 40, Isaiah, and Martin Luther King

The text of a prayer I cobbled together some years ago, perhaps helpful for an observance of Monday’s holiday: Psalm: (this recited version, or preferably a musical setting like this or this or this) All: Here I am, Lord; I … Continue reading

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Dulcimers Get The Love

Children have a natural curiosity about music, and even after three-and-a-half years in the parish, the hammered dulcimer still gets attention. Long after Mass, as you can see here.

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Human Composting

I heard this bit on a local NPR station the other day, sort of a trial balloon on human composting. Some interesting bits: The human composting … involves placing bodies in vessels where they can be covered in wood chips … Continue reading

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Not Surprising

Many keystrokes over another sex-and-cover-up revelation, and I admit I was surprised to see the surprise over it, as reported here at Crux. That people in power impose their will on others in the Church canonically and intellectually is no … Continue reading

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Baptism Of The Lord

This weekend’s feast is a relatively new addition to the Western liturgical calendar. My question for readers: how did your preacher address the “problem”? By that I mean Jesus, the sinless Son of God, submitting to a ritual which, by … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

Readers here know my main thing is science fiction or non-fiction (science or religion). Feeling a bit unsatisfied by my recent sf reads, I went with an unusual choice: not only a best-seller soon to be a feature film, but … Continue reading

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Catholic Historians On Abuse And Cover-Up

An interesting bit on a meeting of Catholic historians here. According to those who’ve studied it, the epicenters are not Boston, Philadelphia, or the environs of Archbishop McCarrick: Instead, rural, Western dioceses such as Fairbanks, Alaska; Helena, Montana; and Spokane, … Continue reading

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The GMO’s Among Us

A human being who can digest dairy is a GMO. If you are one of these, your digestive tract can make something healthy for you from that milk sugar molecule on the right. This article sums up something I read … Continue reading

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On Retreat

Most of the US bishops are finishing up their retreat today. I’ve had them in mind and prayer. I’ve also had in mind a discussion I once had with their defenders. My comment involved something like a question: why do … Continue reading

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FA Cup 2019

Enjoying the FA Cup weekend in England and Wales. While the concept of professional sports without playoffs is alien to US fans, the Cup competitions and champions leagues more than make up for it.  Swansea, the team I follow, won. … Continue reading

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