Monthly Archives: January 2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 6

What if your local church is doing nothing for Christian unity? Not this week. Not ever. It doesn’t mean any of us can’t reach out to a non-Catholic friend, take them out for lunch, coffee, or a beer. What would … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 271: Work and Human Dignity

We continue to examine work as “Vocation.” It’s about more than money, economic status or, heaven help us, fitting people into the cogs of business and society. We have often failed young people when it comes to the place and … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 5

Some excellent commentary here by Adam DeVille at PrayTell. The antigospel witness of Virginia petitioners, and the theological innocence of Cardinal Sarah are cited. As is the “unusual kindness” theme of this year’s effort for unity. And what, pray tell, … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 270: Marginalization In Work

We continue looking at work as “Vocation” and its not always a fair proposition, especially for those perceived as inexperienced or easily able to be exploited or easily dismissed. A quote from the synod’s final document: 270. The Synod noted … Continue reading

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The Worth Of Ordinary Time

On yesterday’s Christian Unity post, commenter Anthony Phillips offers a few reflections. One is here: I don’t see what the point of ‘Ordinary Time’ is anyway–whatever you think of Vatican II, it has no grounding in Sacrosanctum Concilium. Why Bugnini … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 4

Who started the week? Would you believe an Episcopalian? Lewis Wattson eventually founded the Society of Atonement, which was received entire and whole into the Roman Catholic Chrch in 1909. The cause for sainthood is up and running, as of … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 269: Work And Connectedness

Do we see work as “Vocation?” Today we consider the second of six paragraphs that look at this topic. Pope Francis suggests that work is an interconnected phenomenon, something we can’t do by ourselves. I suspect that some Ignatian thread … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 3

There’s a theme for this year’s week of prayer, “They showed us unusual kindness.” The reference is here from Acts 27:42-28:2 where Saint Paul is shipwrecked on his way to Rome for trial: The soldiers’ plan was to kill the … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 268: Work

Do we see work as “Vocation?” Six paragraphs treat this topic.  If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. Today though, we begin with a lengthy citation from the 1996 USCCB … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 2

Here’s a second in a series of suggestions as we journey through the Christian Unity octave (18-25 January). If any readers practice Lectio Divina, the seventeenth chapter of John’s Gospel might be quite appropriate. Here’s a bit from the NRSV: … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 267: Single And Baptized

“Love and family” doesn’t always work out in our “Vocation.” A final thought on that topic today, for people who are not married. If you want to refer to the full Apostolic Exhortation check this link at the Vatican site. … Continue reading

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 1

Many years ago, and for several years, our one-time collaborator Neil graced us with a daily series during this week. I confess my laxity in not maintaining this important tradition. I was daydreaming during Mass tonight, and thought, why not … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 265-266: More On Marriage

Today, more on marriage: 265. Marriage requires preparation, and this calls for growing in self-knowledge, developing the greater virtues, particularly love, patience, openness to dialogue and helping others. It also involves maturing in your own sexuality, so that it can … Continue reading

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Christus Vivit 264: Opting For Marriage

Thoughts on marriage: 264. Today, a culture of the ephemeral dominates, but it is an illusion. To think that nothing can be definitive is a deceptive lie. “Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… In … Continue reading

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Twelve Guns A Year

Arms dealers in Virginia are no doubt sad they can’t suck funding from white supremacists and other gun nuts to the tune of thirteen weapons-plus a year. News from the commonwealth: The (Virginia) Senate approved … a bill that limits … Continue reading

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