Daily Archives: 21 October 2021

Those Pesky Theme Masses

Red Mass, White Mass, Blue Mass. Mass of the Angels, Mass of Creation, Mass of St John Paul the Great. They could make a Dr Seuss rhyme out of the possibilities, musical and otherwise. I remember the parish getting a … Continue reading

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Diocese of Rome Synod Address, Part 18, Prepare for Surprises

Next in Pope Francis’ address to the Diocese of Rome, some good advice, whether or not you’re in a synod:  Don’t be disheartened; be prepared for surprises. In the book of Numbers (22:8ff.) we hear of a donkey who became … Continue reading

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Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Christ, Pastoral Proposals, Part 3

Let’s continue with Pastoral Proposals for looking more carefully at the beauty of Christ. Today’s citations look at the Blessed Virgin and the saints. Others have also been engaged in the via pulchritudinis in recent decades, for example Mariologists, especially since Paul VI spoke … Continue reading

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Reconciliatio et Paenitentia 10: Reconciliation Comes from God, Part 1

How can we say Reconciliation Comes from God? It seems easy to give and receive forgiveness when a relationship is on solid ground. The honeymoon phase. The achievement of a child. A success in business or sport. God does not change … Continue reading

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