Category Archives: post-conciliar liturgy documents

DPPL 278: Ecumenism and Marian Shrines

Is the Blessed Mother a help or an obstacle? A few saints weigh in for our consideration: 278. Ecumenical endeavor in shrines dedicated to Our Lady pose special considerations. At a supernatural level, Our Lady, who gave birth to our Saviour … Continue reading

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DPPL 277: Sanctuaries and Ecumenical Commitment

Shrines: not for Catholics only. I’d like to think it goes without saying, but the Church says it: 277. The shrine, as a place of proclamation of the Word, of call to conversion, of intercession, of intense liturgical life, and of … Continue reading

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DPPL 276: The Shrine as Cultural Center

This section is one of my favorites, as you might guess: 276. Shrines are often of cultural or heritage significance in themselves. They synthesize numerous expressions of popular culture: historical and artistic monuments, particular linguistic and literary forms, or even … Continue reading

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DPPL 275: Shrines as Charitable Centers

Charity and justice are part of the mission of special sites of faith. Let’s read of the importance of mercy: 275. The exemplary role of shrines is also expressed through charity. Every shrine in so far as it celebrates the … Continue reading

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DPPL 274: Shrines as Places of Evangelization

Evangelization is Big Ministry these days. The Church wasn’t just on top of this since Pope Francis. The bishops were talking the talk way back in ’02, comparing a shrine to a  modern secular institution: 274. Innumerable centers of social … Continue reading

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DPPL 272-273: Sacramentals

These two sections are titled “Sacramentals,” but mainly we are concerned with blessings: 272. From earliest times, the Church is familiar with the practice of blessing people, places, food, and other objects. In our times, the custom of blessings presents some … Continue reading

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DPPL 271: Celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours

Now that we’ve covered the celebration of sacraments at shrines, what about the Divine Office? 271. A visit to a shrine, which is always a special occasion of private and community prayer, affords a valuable opportunity to assist the faithful in … Continue reading

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