Monthly Archives: February 2019

OCM 9: The Example of Christ

The Church would suggest a married couple look to Jesus for an example of how to live and to love one another. The notion, according to Vatican II, is a merger. The ideal marriage brings together the experience and life … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 10

This image is from the best extended piece of film-making ever–the opening sequence of this movie. The hour-plus that follows is quite excellent, too. Easily my favorite animated flick–The Incredibles is second, but a little too derivative to be a … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 9

I like saint movies. This is the most recent of a few that have affected me. Gandhi. Romero. These might have been better films from an objective standpoint. I am neither a radical pacifist or a courageous bishop. In another … Continue reading

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Wedding Lectionary: Hosea 2:21-26

In the new Order of Christian Matrimony, the Church has added an official ritual for Blessing an Engaged Couple. (OCM 218-236) It includes prayers, readings, and of course, a blessing. One of the suggested readings does not appear in the … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 8

On facebook, I keep to the challenge: post a pic and say nothing about the movie. Here I can’t resist a bit of blab. A sports movie has to be in my top-ten. I considered Hoosiers, Miracle, and a good … Continue reading

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OCM 8: The Draw Of Holiness

The tag on this site from years ago was “Rite of Marriage.” The new translation adjusts that terminology to “matrimony.” What’s with the words? The older term derives from Middle English and the later from French, but both have their … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 7

Heading this movie challenge into this century, the first of four I’ve seen. In my mind, I can’t think of a thing wrong with it. Understated but distinctive musical score. Good actors in the significant roles. A very twisty plot … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 6

A film fanatic friend talked me into seeing this production. If I had to choose a Shakespeare film for my top-ten movie challenge, it would be this one. What to say about a movie that I could follow in Japanese … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 5

  I might struggle to keep up with this series. I posted on fb this morning, but I haven’t added commentary there–at least until my friends ask me about a Russian and an American sitting on a Scottish dock at … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 4

Installment #4 of significant movie experiences. I know the filmmaker has a tarnished rep in many eyes. I liked the depiction of dysfunctional relationships, of which there are many. Alcohol was a raging demon in my extended family, and even … Continue reading

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OCM 7: Marriage As A Sacrament

The Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016), an update of the former Rite of Marriage (1969) contains an introduction–the praenotanda in the professional lingo–of forty-four numbered paragraphs. When the Liturgy of Matrimony begins after the homily, the presiding minister references baptism … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 3

Continuing with the third installment of significant film experiences, the image above is fairly easy to notice. Admittedly, there are probably more Academy Award winning films better than this than worse. Still, it’s a fun travelogue with a little scientific … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Isaiah 38

In his day, Hezekiah was a household name in Judah. Indeed, those familiar with the Bible will recognize him as one of the more godly rulers, and Matthew cites his name when giving us the genealogy of Joseph. Toward the … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 2

  Continuing on the challenge of significant film-watching experiences, I offer a “simulcast” with my fb page. There, without commentary, but here, a brief text. Space has its allure. But so did exploring the interior of the Earth. I was … Continue reading

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OCM 6: Christ Fulfills A New Covenant

We continue our occasional examination of the Order of Celebrating Matrimony (1991/2016), an update of the former Rite of Marriage (1969). Continuing with the introduction–the praenotanda in the professional lingo–it will give us important insight as to why Catholics celebrate … Continue reading

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