Monthly Archives: March 2019

Maybe They Meant Mexican Counties

At least two of my fb friends pounded Fox for their silly caption misidentifying Central American countries as “Mexican.” My suggestion was that the news branch meant “counties” not countries. I see an apology is up. Headline quote: It never … Continue reading

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OCM 31: Festivities And Favoritism

The Church counsels to go ahead and decorate the place of worship: 31. The festive character of the celebration of Marriage should be suitably expressed even in the manner of decorating the church. … but with a caution: Nevertheless, local … Continue reading

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OCM 30: Music At Weddings

There’s a lot to say about music at weddings. Sometimes too much. The rite suggests that couples have a significant say in the selections. I suspect the framers of the Church’s liturgy are more concerned with actual ritual music, and … Continue reading

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Aging, Dying, Or Just Injured

In my recovery from a broken ankle, I’m faced with a few uncomfortable realities. A touch of bursitis has hit my shoulders, and my doctor advises it won’t really get much better. Arthritis in a thumb doesn’t impact my music. … Continue reading

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OCM 29: Liturgy Preparation

One of the longer paragraphs in the Rite’s introduction treats a very important topic, namely, the preparation of the wedding liturgy. Interspersed with comments, the text is as follows: 29. The celebration itself of the Sacrament must be diligently prepared, … Continue reading

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In the collection Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, the editor provides a series of prayers to accompany the Spiritual Exercises. (I recommend this book very highly, not just for people making the Exercises. So many of the prayers apply to … Continue reading

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OCM 28: Celebrating Marriage And Preparing For It

Paragraphs 28 through 38 address The Celebration of Marriage. In this context, celebration implies liturgy. Liturgy requires careful preparation, so today’s paragraph and the four that follow fall under that heading, The Preparation. Let’s read, starting with the Church’s idealized notion … Continue reading

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OCM 26-27: The Parish Witnesses

One of these paragraphs outlines the importance of the lay witness in both the preparation of the couple and the celebration of the liturgy. That last point rubs against the cultural inclination of a wedding as a family observance. I … Continue reading

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OCM 25: Lay Persons Assisting At Marriages

Once the chain of command is invoked, a lay person may preside at a liturgy: 25. Where there is a shortage of Priests and Deacons, the Diocesan Bishop can delegate laypersons to assist at Marriages, after a prior favorable vote … Continue reading

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Joseph’s Day

The young miss treated me to a feast day dinner. On the Indian fun scale of 1 to 5, we determined our main dishes were about a point higher than requested. My three-turned-four was enough to water my eyes all … Continue reading

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OCM 23-24: The Connection Between Formation and Liturgy

This is sometimes difficult, especially in today’s mobile culture where clergy, family, and couples live and worship in widely separate communities. Still, it’s an ideal: 23. It is appropriate that the same Priest who prepares the engaged couple should, during … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Questions

Who would place the Bible in their list of Ten Favorite, Formative, or Otherwise Books? I thought about it. I thought harder about individual books of the Bible. The Jewish/Christian combination is really more of a library than a book. … Continue reading

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For the elect preparing for baptism, Lent coincides with their period of Purification and Enlightenment. You can read about the basic considerations here, and don’t forget the Church sees this time of “intense spiritual preparation”  as a vital season in … Continue reading

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Book Challenge Day 8

One of my two favorite astronomy books of all time. Usually I go for planets and smaller bodies–my astronomy leans more to geology and physics and cosmology. But this book is great.

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OCM 22: Special Cases

Speaking from experience, just about every wedding has some special aspect. I mean: not just true love, but some quirk that makes things … interesting. 22. With regard to Marriage, it is by no means rare for special cases to … Continue reading

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