Category Archives: Liturgy

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020, Day 1

Many years ago, and for several years, our one-time collaborator Neil graced us with a daily series during this week. I confess my laxity in not maintaining this important tradition. I was daydreaming during Mass tonight, and thought, why not … Continue reading

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The Flu, Bishop-splained

In my older years, I generally find bishops more and more sound and sensible. However, every so often something like this comes along. So I wonder: are active lay Catholics incapable of making these decisions themselves? Why not issue white … Continue reading

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Finding Real Presence

A social media friend posted a link to Peter Steinfels’ Commonweal essay. My friend, who stands with one foot in liturgy and the other in catechesis suggests that more of the latter is needed to address the seemingly soft spot … Continue reading

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Animators

Pope Francis speaking to the Third International Meeting of Choirs this past Saturday: You are the musical animators of the whole congregation. Don’t take its place, depriving the people of God of the chance to sing with you and bear … Continue reading

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Epiphany Proclamation

The proclamation for this coming weekend (or, perhaps Monday) has popped up on a few sites I follow. A chant setting from PrayTell is here. Given the ubiquity of calendars in places from church vestibules to walls to phones, I … Continue reading

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Gaudete Soccer

The past few years I’ve seen shades of pink in soccer uniforms. Not just the NWSL and other places, but even more in the men’s game. And not just on breast cancer awareness observances. I continue to hear the occasional … Continue reading

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Grumble

My wife noted the third verse of John Foley’s song rather apt this Advent. He channels James 5:9: Beloved, do not grumble against one another, so that you may not be judged. One of our retired priests made an offhand … Continue reading

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