Monthly Archives: July 2019

Christus Vivit 89: Fake News

Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation continues its examination of the digital environment. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. The Holy Father reminds all that there are significant dangers in social media. … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 88: Limitations Of The Digital Environment

After the positives of paragraph 87, Pope Francis turns our attention to the challenges presented by the digital environment. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. 88. Yet to understand this phenomenon as a … Continue reading

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Jesus At Home With Martha And Mary

Henry Ossawa Tanner is one of my favorite painters of religious scenes. His depiction of Jesus visiting his friends may be my #2 favorite painting of his.

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Christus Vivit 87: The Digital Environment’s Positive Side

Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation looks at the positive aspects of the digital environment. Remember to access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. This paragraph is largely a quote from the post-synod document: 87. The web and … Continue reading

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USCCB Acquires Grail Psalter

The news at PrayTell is here. I read that the 341 changes made in Rome will be rolled back. For the Hours, the canticles of the Bible will eventually emerge from this. A good development for the cause of good … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 86: The Digital Environment

Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation continues with a look at the digital environment. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. We start with a statement from the synod’s final document: 86. “The … Continue reading

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Fool

The post title is not a reflection of the president, but rather the post most in need of filling in Washington. The more the federal executive branch descends into  juvenile insults, the more convinced I am that the jester needs … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 85: Three Areas of Importance

Referring to last Fall’s meeting in Rome … 85. The Synod dealt in particular with three areas of utmost importance. Here I would like to quote its conclusions, while recognizing that they call for greater analysis and the development of … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 84: Starting Points For Future Believers

Where others might see a none, the Holy Father discerns seeds that, if nurtured, might net a full-fledged disciple. Are ordinary Catholics prepared to look deeply? 84. In some young people, we can see a desire for God, albeit still … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Matthew 11:25-30

Care for people who are sick and dying has been part of Christianity from the time of Jesus. The Jewish tradition extends centuries into the past from there. In its rites for Pastoral Care, the Catholic church offers no less … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 83: Wounds

We continue in the third chapter of the Holy Father’s Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. Loss of a sense of sin? I don’t necessarily think so. Neither does Pope … Continue reading

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Managing A Cantor III: Location, Location

  One cantor long ago told me she would never do the psalm from the ambo. As she crossed the center line of the church she didn’t want to be emphasizing the lower part of her trunk as she bowed … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 82: Physical Modification

Chapter Three of Pope Francis’ Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation discusses how genetics, surgery and other advances can impact the body. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site. What was once considered science fiction is now a … Continue reading

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Facebook Unfriends Saint Augustine

A few of my facebook friends from the old blogging days are fussing about this quote being cited as a violation of courtesy on the social media behemoth: Let us never assume that if we live good lives we will … Continue reading

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Managing A Cantor II: Arm Gestures

One of the modest sins I’ve noticed over the years from various psalmists is a gesture taking place when they are finished singing the psalm verse. Not when the people are supposed to enter the music. It’s a small thing. … Continue reading

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