Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The Armchair Liturgist Starts That Procession … Or Stops It

Another first for me. Even after more than thirty years of liturgy and music, I continue to experience novel things. I tapped a young man to lead least night’s Palm Sunday procession (we walk around the church building). But he … Continue reading

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Double Red

I had never heard of this. So they took extra red cells today at the blood drive. I looked over at the tubes and the little centrifuge machine next to my arm. Probably not the best idea, as light-headedness ensued.

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Voting Day

No posts today in internet prime time. I was working the local election all day today. One bond issue. Interestingly enough, the building up for possible renovation is where we worshipped while in exile from last year’s fire. News just in … Continue reading

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Pope John Paul II’s Letter To Artists

On Easter Sunday 1999, Pope John Paul II released a Letter To Artists. The Holy Father was an artist himself, a poet, a playwright, and an actor. So he has some credibility even to those outside Christianity based solely on his … Continue reading

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Balance on Benedict

I was struck by the gracious summary on NCRep by Thomas Reese, SJ on Pope Benedict. This piece of analysis rang true to me: As a German professor, he was used to lecturing students who took down his words, memorized them … Continue reading

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Near Misses With the Jesuits: You’ve Got Mail

When I was in the post-college discernment group for potential seminarians in the early 80′s, the diocesan vocations director asked me if I was considering religious orders. With my affirmative answer, he said he would communicate my name to various … Continue reading

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Top Ten 2013 Visits

One might think this is just your average liberal Catholic troublemaking blog, given the traffic we have, and that we used to have. The truth is that most of the people who visit these pages are, by far, planning weddings … Continue reading

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Popedolatry

CNS put up a short interview with the Anchoress today, several months after her book on idolatry came out. (Reviewed earlier here.) CNS struck me as poking a bit with their headline, “Pope Francis craze may be idolatry …” Turns … Continue reading

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Near Misses With the Jesuits: Let’s Spell It Out

As I’ve been making my way through the online Ignatian retreat here, one of the exercises from early on encouraged us to review our lives. One point, as I experienced it, was to lead to a deeper gratitude for God’s … Continue reading

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Coming Up: Mediator Dei

In one of the Chant Cafe threads this week, Kathy Pluth brought out Mediator Dei to explore the notion of participation and to delve deeper into what the council bishops of 1963 might have been thinking when they emphasized active participation in … Continue reading

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Café Participation

Adam Wood and I are getting into a decent discussion on participation at the Café. Adam is a good egg. I think he’s colored somewhat by his surroundings, and takes a little too much time to harp on what he … Continue reading

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Texting Church

ITNOTFATSATHS No – this is not a word, it is a text. What does it mean? In the Name of the Father, and The Son, and the Holy Spirit. Even as a tireless advocate of #chsocm – oh, I mean, … Continue reading

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More Gof8 Reform

What to call the band of “super-cardinals?” Gang of Eight? G8? What kind of symbol for my future posts on that? An octagon? Anyway, this piece seemed to blow up any notion that Pope Francis is dilly-dallying on curial reform. … Continue reading

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@pontifex_ln

You’ve probably already heard that the pope’s Spanish Twitter followers have surpassed those in English. Would you believe that his followers on @pontifex_ln now outnumber those who want it in Polish, and have tied German speakers? Vatican officials were expecting … Continue reading

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Window On The World

The new window is in. I picked up a lot more stuff at the hardware store than I needed for installation. Ah well. The booklet that came with the window said 12 to 30 cedar shims. The measurements and alignment … Continue reading

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