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VNO 32: For Refugees and Exiles

Possibly never before have so many people been on the move, driven out of home, work, and their own culture. Political and economic instability, climate change, organized crime, or the simple aspiration to better education, jobs, or other opportunities for … Continue reading

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VNO 31: In Time of War or Civil Disturbance

This Mass is considered to be closely related to VNO #30. The Lectionary gives this rubric: Readings from the Mass for Peace and Justice may also be used, nos. 887-891 That said, I would interpret the need for celebration for … Continue reading

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VNO 30: For the Preservation of Peace and Justice

There has never been a greater need for peace and justice. Many of you of my generation might remember the former New Year’s Day option of celebrating the World Day of Peace. That disappeared long ago, but the third edition … Continue reading

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VNO 29: For the Progress of Peoples

When the Church speaks of the “progress of peoples,” what does it mean? This Mass does not appear in the 1998/2002 edition of the Lectionary. Pope Paul VI promulgated an encyclical letter on this topic (and title) in 1967. (Interesting … Continue reading

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VNO 28: After the Harvest

Harvest is a time of celebration for rural communities. Hard labor is done. A product has been gathered and sold at market. A different kind of work beckons farmers, ranchers, etc.. But celebrate first! Many of the Scriptures given for … Continue reading

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Mediation and Possible Gnosticism

A pseudonymous commenter offered this: “The general rule today is for Mass to be said “facing the people.” While this seems to be “pastoral,” in fact it is a circumstance of great theological significance. In the traditional Mass, both the … Continue reading

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VNO 27: At Seedtime

Europe was a collection of agrarian cultures for most of its history. Farming was also important in the ancient Middle East. So we’ll have a large collection of Scripture and tradition from which to draw. In the Lectionary for Mass, … Continue reading

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