Daily Archives: 17 August 2021

What Does It Mean To Pray For Them?

Another public figure with a public stance against pandemic precautions has picked up the virus. I was watching a social media discussion about Cardinal Burke, and praying for him. Someone groused that the sentiment of praying for him seemed to … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: Blessed Virgin Mary I

The Roman Church offers two prefaces for solemnities, feasts, and other observances of the Blessed Virgin. The first is credal, citing the Immaculate Conception and the ancient belief that Mary’s virginity was perpetual. Without lingering on that topic, lines four … Continue reading

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No Contact: Palms or Fingertips?

Self-signation is a really good thing, a form of blessing for which lay people need no prompting, no clergy, and no permission. It is one of the most automatic gestures of public faith. It is also part of public culture … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti 249: Remember The Past, For Conscience’s Sake

249. Nowadays, it is easy to be tempted to turn the page, to say that all these things happened long ago and we should look to the future. For God’s sake, no! We can never move forward without remembering the … Continue reading

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God’s Wheat

In an era of martyrdom, Ignatius of Antioch saw his coming sacrifice of life for witness of the Gospel: Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God’s wheat and shall … Continue reading

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