Monthly Archives: April 2019

Christus Vivit 20-21: Maintaining Vitality

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. Wrapping up this section, the Holy Father stresses certain qualities: 20. If you have lost your inner vitality, your dreams, your enthusiasm, your optimism and your … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 19: Wise Young Women

Remember to check the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. Most Biblical examples of young people are males. It’s to be expected in a series of documents produced by and for males. That said, … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 18: The Rich Young Man

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation can be accessed on this link at the Vatican site. Saint Matthew related the story of a would-be disciple: 18. On the other hand, in the Gospel of Matthew we find a young man (cf. 19:20.22) … Continue reading

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OCM 51-53: Matrimony Within Mass, Introductory Rites

Three sections get the wedding Mass from the end of the procession to the collect or opening prayer. OCM 51 instructs the priest that after the Sign of the Cross has been made, one of the three Roman Missal formulas … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 17: Virtue In Young People

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. Having touched on the notion of older persons and what they have to offer the young, the Holy Father draws on Scripture to expound on living … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 16: Young People Interacting With Elders

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. He thinks it’s a good idea for the generations to mix it up. I agree. Let’s read: 16. Nonetheless, young people are also urged “to accept … Continue reading

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On Easter Worshippers

The Easter Bunny has left the building and some people have fallen into her hole. Admittedly, when I saw a facebook thread lace into Hillary Clinton today, I didn’t get it. Well, I got the hatred. Somebody disliked says something … Continue reading

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Blessed Feast of Easter

O splendor of the Father’s light that makes our daylight lucid, bright; O Light of light and sun of day, now shine on us your brightest ray. (St Ambrose, Gracia Grindal, trans., from the LBW, 1978)

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Holy Saturday Confessions

Some parishes offer a confessor’s time. Others do not. Sometimes the reasons for either are good. Or well-intentioned. For the record, a celebration of the Sacrament of Penance is not forbidden on Holy Saturday. I can’t honestly recall a parish … Continue reading

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Harrowing

Why do we profess Jesus descending to the dead in the Apostle’s Creed? When I was a boy, I confess this seemed a bit strange. I didn’t give it much thought, though. The Bible gives a few hints (1 Peter … Continue reading

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On Good Friday

Good Friday quote from the 6th century from Saint Romanos the Melodist: Let us lay aside all tiresome arguments and attach ourselves to the one on the cross. If it seems right, let us all go along with Peter to … Continue reading

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Mandate

My one great sadness for today: we do not wash each other’s feet at Mass. We’ve fussed and fought about women and non-Catholics. We assume people won’t want to take off their socks and shoes. We use the Pilate gesture … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 14-15: Older People Interacting With The Young

According to Pope Francis, the relationship between generations is not only important, but we have biblical examples to inspire us. Or keep us appropriate, as it were: 14. Let us also keep in mind that Jesus had no use for … Continue reading

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OCM 48-50: Matrimony Within Mass, Second Form

Following up on one way to begin a wedding Mass, form 1, there is a second option, a simpler one: 48. At the appointed time, the Priest, wearing an alb and a stole and chasuble of the color of the … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 13: A Young Heart

Remember to check Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on this link at the Vatican site. In this paragraph, Saint Paul assists in making a case for the young heart. Does the apostle mean young? Or does he mean new?  13. Jesus, … Continue reading

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