Daily Archives: 6 August 2021

MR Prefaces

How about another series? A recent PrayTell discussion branched off to the merits and problems with Roman Rite Eucharistic Prayers. Liturgy geeks often have their own strong opinions. Subjective experiences color most of these. It seems like everybody’s favorite prayer … Continue reading

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USPS: Echo Satellite

Nearly forgotten in the mists of time and science denial was an interesting experiment long, long, long before GPS satellites were even on the drawing board. A Minnesota scientist had an idea that if balloons covered by reflective metal were … Continue reading

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TC Letter 5: The Survey

The previous paragraphs of this letter outlined, in brief, the history of the 1962 Missal, post-Vatican II. Last year, the CDF quizzed the world’s bishops on the situation in their dioceses 2007-20. With the passage of thirteen years, I instructed … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Kings 20:1-6

In the votive Mass for the sick, we might opt for the story behind the canticle of Isaiah 38. Maybe it’s an easy choice to pair this reading with that lyric in the responsorial psalm slot. I don’t know why … Continue reading

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Populorum Progressio 79: Hope for the Future

Should we have Hope for the Future? I think so. Pope Paul VI agreed fifty years ago, and perhaps there were more reasons for both caution and optimism then compared to now. Today as then, the hope is not fanciful: 79. … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 238: Peace And Tolerance

238. Jesus never promoted violence or intolerance. He openly condemned the use of force to gain power over others: “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It … Continue reading

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