Monthly Archives: August 2020

Redemptoris Missio 66: More On Missionaries And Their Institutes

So, we’ve been talking about “Missionaries and Religious Institutes Ad Gentes.” I know it’s traditional, but I find the term “institute” weird. Are these not religious orders? And even those not, are they communities of like-minded, like-oriented mission? From Vatican … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Intercessions

After Canticle of Mary, intercessions are offered. The rubric of OCF 392 reads: The intercessions are then said. The following may be used or adapted to circumstances, or new intercessions may be composed. The minister says: We acknowledge Christ the … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 65: Missionaries

Let’s discuss “Missionaries” along with “Religious Institutes Ad Gentes.” Now, as in the past, among those involved in the missionary apostolate a place of fundamental importance is held by the persons and institutions to whom the Decree Ad Gentes devotes … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: Mark 10:46-52

Bartimaeus and Jesus: a familiar story, perhaps. It contains a vital narrative beyond the act of Jesus restoring sight. Christians today, and perhaps especially Catholics, are coming to terms with the demands of discipleship. I would see this passage from … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 64: Generous Bishops

If we were to identify the one quality Pope John Paul II desired most from his brother bishops with regard to the missionary apostolate, I would identify it as generosity. The bishops of Latin America certainly identified this as a … Continue reading

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A Psalm For Racial Justice

Some Christians have been uneasy about some Bible passages, and even a select psalm or two has been known to get carefully tucked away, out of sight, out of mind. Maybe this is a good cry for justice; what do … Continue reading

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Office for the Dead: Evening Prayer Canticle of Mary

We pick up on our examination of the Office for the Dead with the liturgical highlight of Evening Prayer, the Canticle of Mary. After the psalms, New Testament canticle, reading, possible homily, and brief responsory, the passage from Luke 1:46-55 … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 63: Bishops

When Pope John Paul  II writes of “Those Primarily Responsible for Missionary Activity,” he means bishops. Just as the risen Lord gave the universal missionary mandate to the College of the Apostles with Peter as its head, so this same … Continue reading

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Angelic Withdrawal

Music publishers are heading into a tough year: no choirs in parishes, limited worship books (my parish has cancelled its order for 2021), and now, supposedly, a Mormon angel on the cover of the book for psalmists, right. Story here, … Continue reading

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Christine Falls

Just a fraction of a mile off the road, this was a prime stop on our visit the other day. My wife especially enjoys the waterfalls, though the brief hike to get to a view was a bit strenuous for … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 62: Young Churches And Their Own Missionaries

What was done at the beginning of Christianity to further its universal mission remains valid and urgent today. The Church is missionary by her very nature, for Christ’s mandate is not something contingent or external, but reaches the very heart … Continue reading

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Mountain In View

For five years, we’ve put off the #1 visit on my bucket list, Mount Rainier National Park. It’s the kind of thing I thought would always be available, barring the catastrophic explosion of a stratovolcano. My family and I live … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 61bc: Missionaries In The Ancient Church

When we speak of missionaries, Jesus’ chosen dozen have the first place: The Twelve are the first to work in the Church’s universal mission. They constitute a “collegial subject” of that mission, having been chosen by Jesus to be with … Continue reading

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Real Versus Virtual

The family and I enjoyed a nice day trip to Mount Rainier today. We didn’t get home too late, and I was hoping to download some of my images to share here and on another social media platform. It’s really … Continue reading

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Redemptoris Missio 61a: Leaders and Workers in the Missionary Apostolate

Chapter VI begins. For numbered sections 61 through 76 we’ll examine with Pope John Paul II the “Leaders And Workers In The Missionary Apostolate.” Starting with a reference to the New Testament Church, we’ll focus on traditional roles: bishops, institutes, … Continue reading

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