Category Archives: Liam

A Servant’s Heart

Eloquent, and worth watching: I believe that in in German, the phrase that he is referring to “a servant’s heart” would be Dienerherz (“servant heart”). A very good word my paternal great grandparents and grandparents would have learned in their childhood. … Continue reading

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Scripture for the Sick or Dying: 2 Corinthians 5:1, 6-10

The Lectionary for ritual Pastoral Care of the Sick includes a reading that is also included in the Lectionary for the Order of Christian Funerals, with six verses selected from the fifth chapter of St. Paul’s second letter/epistle to the … Continue reading

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Rest, Sabbath, and Devotions Then and Now

Today’s holy day finds itself on a weekend, and a comment from the PrayTell site seemed worth a new thread. Why not here? Devotions were easier to gather for in urban Catholic ghettoes than in far-flung suburban parishes. On the … Continue reading

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Witness, When A Work of Ego

Liam’s comment in the Dick & Max thread was worth pulling out for discussion, I thought. As a church minister, I often check things that I do against my personal needs. It might happen less often now that I’m older, … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Psalm 130

One of the more recognized psalms, the 130th is fairly well-known by the first two words in the Latin: De Profoundis. Out of the depths. We covered this piece in the series on funerals here. I asked Liam to write … Continue reading

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The Sacramental Revolution of Pope Pius X

Liam suggested in a comment last week that a look at “(t)he century of reform might also take into account the sacramental revolution of Pius X,” namely two documents. First, Pius X’s 1905 Sacra Tridentina: On Frequent and Daily Reception … Continue reading

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Five Not-So-Easy Pieces

I had noticed Jim Martin’s piece before on the new site, The Jesuit Post, but Liam emailed it to me with this commentary: An inspirational break from the dispiriting Indeed. So I read “The Five Best Pieces of Jesuit Wisdom I’ve … Continue reading

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Looking Back on Baptism of the Lord

Liam sent me the link on what your parish should have been celebrating yesterday if it observed Epiphany this past Sunday. Here’s a riff on that theme … Many feasts of the Lord lend their names to parishes: Nativity, Transfiguration, … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Continuity for the First Weekdays in Ordinary Time

Liam offers another armchair liturgist bit for us today: Studying my new daily missal for the coming week, I see that it provides that, when the Baptism of the Lord is celebrated on Monday, as it is this year in … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist Ponders Epiphany

Liam suggested I pose some armchair questions for you liturgists-to-be: The new Missal, finally, contains propers for the Vigil of Epiphany. The readings (including the psalm) are the same for the Vigil and the Day. The collects, offertory prayer and … Continue reading

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Just Desserts

Liam sent me Jonah Lehrer’s piece, “Is The World Just?” It turns out that we all have an intuitive belief in justice – people get what they deserve. This instinct makes all sorts of social contracts possible, but it comes … Continue reading

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Infrequent Sacramental Encounters Good?

A few weeks back Liam sent me this quote from a NLM guest contributor, Maurizio Bettoja: In the first place, there is the fact that communion is evidently a particularly important and exceptional rite. Communion as practiced today is essentially … Continue reading

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Britain Resists the Great War

We used to call it the Great War, but in the sense of glory or accomplishment, there is nothing “great” about it. Ghastly would be a better term. Several years ago I read a substantial history of it, and I’m … Continue reading

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Pre-Lent Catholic Culture

  (This is Liam.) Let’s talk culture for a bit, shall we? Well, for the faithful on this side of the sanctuary rail, it was Carnival [or insert cognate term from your Catholic culture of choice – of course, in … Continue reading

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Engaging the Torturous

Liam forwarded Mark Shea’s latest essay on the pro-torture crowd. I have to confess my surprise the heat this is generating among conservative Catholics. Mark correctly identifies the cowardice inherent in abusing other human beings for one’s own ends. Even … Continue reading

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