Monthly Archives: April 2020

Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Psalm 80

The CDWDS has approved a “Mass in Time of Pandemic.” Possible readings include a Mass “in any need.” (Cf. Lectionary for Mass, vol. IV, nos. 938-942) There are also special readings, and here is one of two possible Psalms. The … Continue reading

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OCM 77-78: Concluding A Nuptial Mass

More rubrics. Let’s get to them: 77. At the end of Mass, the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, prays the Solemn Blessing. A priest friend of mine once objected to this second blessing. It seemed to … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 111: Mother of the Amazon Region

Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation wraps up with a Conclusion addressing the Mother Of The Amazon Region. Let’s read: 111. After sharing a few of my dreams, I encourage everyone to advance along concrete paths that can allow the reality of … Continue reading

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Evangelization and Mission

Looking to the next project, my plan is to devote the next months to the topic of evangelization. More than ever, the Catholic church faces an opportunity to address parallel crises in hope, faith, belief, and the basic question for … Continue reading

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OCM 74-76: The Nuptial Blessing, And What Follows

The rubric for the blessing mentions the priest’s bodily action: 74. Then the Priest, with hands extended over the bride and bridegroom, continues: O God, who by your mighty power …  The same three options are given as in the … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 109-110: A Litany Of Unity

Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation looks at Christians together. What can Catholics profess in common with non-Catholics? 109. All of us, as Christians, are united by faith in God, the Father who gives us life and loves us so greatly. We … Continue reading

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Big Changes Ahead, We’re Not Ready

In case more people than Liam are regular visitors here, it’s time for another taking stock. What’s there to write about? We are deep in pandemic time, and the gradual release may be closer than the beginning of stay-at-home. However, … Continue reading

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If So

We’ve all heard it: If anyone was offended by what I did or said, I apologize. In our deeply litigious culture, this kind of statement is common. Especially from people in the public eye. Maybe they don’t want to get … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 106-108: Ecumenical and Interreligious Coexistence

In  his post-synodal exhortation Pope Francis turns to one final topic, ecumenical and interreligious coexistence. Catholics were first to South America more than five centuries ago. But now other subdivisions and religions old and new share the region. 106. In … Continue reading

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OCM 72-73: Invitation to The Nuptial Blessing

The Wedding Mass continues through the Liturgy of the Eucharist: the Eucharistic Prayer and its acclamations, and the Lord’s Prayer. Now we have an insertion that nudges aside some of the usual orations: 72. After the Our Father, the prayer … Continue reading

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On Spiritual Communion

Deacon Fritz Bauerschmidt has an excellent piece on the merits of the Act of Spiritual Communion, a prayer authored by Saint Alphonsus Liguori and used in my parish, archdiocese, and many places during this time of pandemic. I appreciated his … Continue reading

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Querida Amazonia 104-105: Expanding Horizons Beyond Conflicts

Pope Francis’ post-synodal exhortation looks at a new topic. We can cover expanding horizons beyond conflicts in just one post. So let’s get to it: 104. It often happens that in particular places pastoral workers envisage very different solutions to the … Continue reading

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Two Were Bound For Emmaus

I’ve been an admirer of Bob Hurd for almost forty years. I’d like to meet the guy someday and talk theological shop. I had a dream two mornings ago that I was playing “Two Were Bound For Emmaus.” I was … Continue reading

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Picky

One of my musicians shared a few of his picks with me a few years ago. As we guitarists get older, it can be a handful to hold on to them while playing. In this time of pandemic, my fingertips … Continue reading

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Psalm 118: Alleluia, Your Mercy

One side benefit to having streaming and recorded liturgy at my parish is that I can get certain things peeled off the long feed if I like them. My friend Brian shared Psalm 118 with me last weekend, and we … Continue reading

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