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Christmas and Silence

(This is Neil) For Christmas, I wanted to briefly comment on a pastoral letter by the Bishop of Aberdeen, Hugh Gilbert, OSB, on silence (ht: Fr. Z). “We live in a noisy world,” the Bishop begins. Christmas is no exception – … Continue reading

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Funeral Lectionary: Acts 10:34-43

(This is Neil) A recent article on the funeral sermon in Liturgy by the theologian Todd E. Johnson reminds us that “What is being proclaimed is God’s action.” The funeral sermon proclaims that God is active here and now, amidst … Continue reading

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Bad Liturgy: When Religion Becomes Kitsch

(This is Neil) I’m relatively sure that a few basic web searches will yield lists of bad – perhaps even “the worst”- churches, religious music, and artwork. And, yes, many of the pictures will show cringe-worthy aesthetic and architectural disasters. … Continue reading

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How the Liturgy Should Be Impersonal

(This is Neil) My first conviction is this: Liturgy is never my own possession, or my creation.  It is something we are given, from the Father.  Therefore my own tastes, my own preferences, my own personality, my own view of ecclesiology, … Continue reading

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The Church as Sacrament of Hope?

(This is Neil) Some of the last words of Gaudium et Spes– the Second Vatican Council’s Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World – read: By thus giving witness to the truth, we will share with others the … Continue reading

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Is There Any Hope For the Church?

(This is Neil) Let’s say that someone tells you, with both finality and unmistakable sadness, “There is no hope for the church.” You, hoping that she has used “hope” in a somewhat indefinite way, say, “Look, there might be no … Continue reading

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The Chicago Code and Catholicism

(This is Neil) It might seem quite odd to write a post – especially because I write so infrequently – about a single scene from a cancelled television show. “The Chicago Code,” although I was sorry to see it go, … Continue reading

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Is there a word for it?

(This is Neil) I’m looking for a word. Perhaps there isn’t such a word. Maybe there is. I think that there should be such a word. But let me clarify: I’m not looking for this word because I want to … Continue reading

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Questions II: La Bella Figura

(This is Neil) I’ve just read a very interesting short article [PDF] by Adam Deville in the Canadian Journal of Orthodox Christianity. (I should admit that just a short while ago, I was completely unaware of the existence of this … Continue reading

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Day 8 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) “That they all may be one, as you, Father, in me, and I in you; that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17:21) In this … Continue reading

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Questions

(This is Neil) I always feel cautious about generalizing about something like the “Catholic blogosphere,” but I think that I can say a few things. When I began contributing to Todd’s blog, most Catholic bloggers were amateurs or popular writers, … Continue reading

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Day 7 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) “We have martyrs in all the Churches….here in Rome we have St Bartholomew’s for all the modern martyrs. I think that what John Paul II said, that between the martyrs we have perfect unity and when we … Continue reading

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Day 6 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) For we know, though we have to work hard for unity of all the people of God, unity is not our human work and achievement; it is a gift of the Spirit, the gift of a renewed … Continue reading

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Day 5 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) Day 5 Breaking the Bread in Hope Readings Exodus 16:13b-21a It is bread the Lord has given you to eat Psalm 116:12-14, 16-18 I will offer to you a thanksgiving sacrifice 1 Corinthians 11:17-18, 23-26 Do this … Continue reading

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Day 4 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 2011

(This is Neil) Day 4 Sharing, an Expression of Our Unity Readings Isaiah 58:6-10 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry Psalm 37:1-11 Trust in the Lord and do good Acts 4:32-37 Everything they owned was held … Continue reading

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