Monthly Archives: February 2022

Spe Salvi 1: Introduction

Pope Benedict XVI was in the third year of his leadership of the universal Church when he penned and promulgated the second major document on his pontificate. He borrowed the pen of Paul, his ancient predecessor, to state the reality … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 60-63: Fruitful Faith

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. In paragraphs 60 through 63 they examine Fruitful Faith. First, they remind us of the Pauline list of spiritual fruits, “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” … Continue reading

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Gather IV Review Part 2: Liturgy of the Hours

Continuing a review of the newest edition of the Gather hymnal, let’s look at how it presents the Liturgy of the Hours.  Keeping with the tradition of the last three-plus decades of GIA hymnal editions, the chief celebrations are presented … Continue reading

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Spe Salvi Outline

2007 was a momentous year for Pope Benedict XVI. Trouble with schismatics, Summorum Pontificum, and his second encyclical letter of his ministry on the Chair of Peter. I suspect his fans were a bit disappointed with this document. The expectation … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 55-59: Explicit Faith

The US Bishops’ document Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us looked at “Qualities of Mature Adult Faith and Discipleship” its Part II. Let’s join their discussion on “Explicit Faith.” What do they mean, exactly? Paragraph 55 leads off: Adult faith … Continue reading

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Gather IV Review Part 1: Overview

I posted twice last year on GIA’s newest edition of the Gather hymnal. Last May, I thought I might post a bit more. I had a cursory assessment of the Mass settings here. Now that I’ve pried my copy of … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 50-54: Living Faith

We continue an exploration of the 1999 document from the USCCB, Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us. Remember that in Part II, we are looking at “Qualities of Mature Adult Faith and Discipleship.” Today’s topic: Living Faith. Paragraph 50 defines … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Fall of Gondolin

The forthcoming series on the Amazon behemoth has caught my attention. I would have been excited beyond attention in my high school days, when I read the published J.R.R. Tolkien books a few times. These days, maybe I feel a … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 45-49: Qualities of Mature Adult Faith and Discipleship

Our examination of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us continues as we move into Part II Qualities of Mature Adult Faith and Discipleship. This description of “qualities” is only 19 paragraphs long, but it provides some foundation for the detailed plans later … Continue reading

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More On The Baptism Thing

Maybe the Google is watching me quite closely, but I’m seeing a lot of secular news items in my feeds on “invalid baptisms.” This one, too, in which Fr Thomas Reese assesses the CDF decision simply enough: I think it’s … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 38-44: Priority of Adult Faith Formation

Let’s finish up Part I of Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. The last item in this “new focus” discusses “The Priority of Adult Faith Formation.” We can ask in many settings: the diocese, the parish, and amongst adult … Continue reading

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Wordle In The Next Stage

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 32-37: Challenges and Concerns

Our trip through Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us continues with a look at the “Challenges and Concerns” of that “New Focus on Adult Faith Formation.” The usual listing of external forces in contemporary society: the “isms” (32) and social … Continue reading

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2025: Pilgrims of Hope

A bit of news from the Vatican this weekend, the announcement in a public letter that the 2025 jubilee year will focus on theme Pilgrims of Hope. Pope Francis wrote of the importance of a “universal fraternity” to address poverty … Continue reading

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Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us 26-31: Opportunities and Potential

The US Bishops published Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us in 1999. With paragraph #26, we begin delving into the meat of the document, looking at “Opportunities and Potential” in their “New Focus on Adult Faith Formation.” First, they note … Continue reading

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