about Todd FlowerdayA Roman Catholic lay person, married (since 1996), with one adopted child (since 2001). I serve a parish in music ministry.
about John Donaghy
John is a lay missionary since 2007 with a parish in western Honduras. Before that he served in campus ministry and social justice ministry in Iowa. His ministry blog is http://hermanojuancito.blogspot.com
He also blogs reflections on the lectionary and saints/heroes/events of the date at http://walktheway.wordpress.com
He'll be a long-term contributor here analyzing the Latin American bishops' document from their 2007 Aparecida Conference.
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Category Archives: Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy
The Church offers a brief conclusion to this long document. As we read these final few paragraphs, is there anything any of you readers have found in these long months of examining the interface between popular piety and liturgy? 288. … Continue reading
Let’s wrap up our long discussion of shrines and pilgrimages. I will relay a family experience. My mother never switched to Catholicism when my siblings and I were baptized. But that didn’t prevent her from organizing pilgrimages for the parish, … Continue reading
How to put this? … The pilgrim is not alone. Dimension of communion. The pilgrim who journeys to a shrine is in a communion of faith and charity not only with those who accompany him on the “sacred journey” (cf … Continue reading
Apostolicity is a quality of the Church, not just of the clergy. By going on pilgrimage, the believer imitates Christ, joining with other believers, living and dead. This apostolicity is a natural consequence of the liturgical dimension: Apostolic dimension. The … Continue reading
A liturgist appreciates this dimension: Worship dimension. Pilgrimage is essentially an act of worship: a pilgrim goes to a shrine to encounter God, to be in His presence, and to offer Him adoration in worship, and to open his heart … Continue reading
In contrast to penance, there is joy, another human response. In addition to leaving our clutter at home, we can also set aside the things that drag us down, that prevent us from being more human, if not more Christ-like. … Continue reading
God offers us mercy on the journey. If we are wise, we will accept the offer. Penitential dimension. Pilgrimage is also a journey of conversion: in journeying towards a shrine the pilgrim moves from a realization of (her or) his own … Continue reading