Monthly Archives: September 2021

Via Pulchritudinis: From Creation to Re-creation

This post, the second of three themes in “The Beauty of Creation.” Human beings are creations of God, and so we are part of the firmament of the universe, of the goodness of divine creation. Because of the free choice … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 3: Longing for Reconciliation

Still, people are Longing for Reconciliation 3. Nevertheless, that same inquiring gaze, if it is discerning enough, detects in the very midst of division an unmistakable desire among people of good will and true Christians to mend the divisions, to heal … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Psalm 119 XIX

Over a decade ago, we blogged on section 347 of the Order of Christian Funerals (OCF). There we read that these psalms may be “chosen for use in various places within the rites.” For the most part I think this … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: Marvel at the Beauty of Creation

The Pontifical Council for Culture invites us to Marvel at the Beauty of Creation. I’m reminded of Jodie Foster’s character Ellie Arroway in the film Contact. “They should have sent a poet,” she exclaims as she views the wonders that have opened … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 2: A Shattered World, Part 2

Today, we continue the discussion on A Shattered World, noting the place of the Church. What is our role? A frustrated Cassandra harping on other peoples’ problems? A dispassionate observer more concerned about our own deck chairs? A sharer in the … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Creation

Our initial look at part III, section 1, “The Beauty of Creation.” cites the late Old Testament book of Wisdom: Scripture underlines the symbolic value of the beauty of the world which surrounds us: “Yes naturally stupid are all (people) who … Continue reading

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Different, Not Outside

Audrey Assad’s interview in the NCRep struck me. Almost the same hour a friend in ministry reported her pastor (a pro-Trump anti-vaxxer) refused a visit from his own bishop, leaving the man at the unanswered door. The fear of new … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 2: A Shattered World, Part 1

In looking at the phenomenon of sin and division, John Paul II begins with a gaze into A Shattered World. If we glance back at 1984, we’ll find the synod and the pope of 37 years ago noticing much the … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Ways of Beauty

III. THE WAYS OF BEAUTY Three areas stand out for the privileged way of beauty to enable dialogue with contemporary cultures: III-1 The Beauty of Creation; III-2 The Beauty of the Arts; and III-3 The Beauty of Christ, Model and … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 1: Origin and Meaning of the Document

Here we go: another church document. INTRODUCTION: ORIGIN AND MEANING OF THE DOCUMENT To speak of reconciliation and penance is for the men and women of our time an invitation to rediscover, translated into their own way of speaking, the … Continue reading

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Mary and Mercy

Liam sent me this image he captured at Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. From his message to me: ​These are enameled (painted) glass windows are from the Thomas & John Morgan Studio of New York, which often worked with Patrick … Continue reading

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Accessories

A bit of hanger space for the latest in men’s wardrobe bling: the mask. I like using these face coverings with the clips, and not just because they hang so well next to my tie racks. I find the snug … Continue reading

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Fratelli Tutti Postscript

If you want to review the goings on of this document, click here. Pope Francis finishes up with two prayers, one that joins our hearts and intentions with those of believers of any faith: A Prayer to the Creator Lord, … Continue reading

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MR Prefaces: For Ministry

Buried among the prefaces in the English translation of the Roman Missal Second Edition is what appears to be another independent composition. Before I get to it, I want to reproduce the rubric that accompanied it: This preface is used … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Way of Beauty, Pathway towards the Truth and the Good, part 3

Let’s finish up II-3 The Way of Beauty, Pathway towards the Truth and the Good. The way of beauty replies to the intimate desire for happiness that resides in the heart of every person. A brief interlude here … I … Continue reading

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