Category Archives: Scripture

Guide and Bless

I didn’t like Galatians at first. By that crack, I probably mean both the community and the letter penned by the apostle which largely criticizes it. But these days, I’ve come to terms with the more antagonistic pieces of my … Continue reading

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New Looks At Old Moons

I reading where they’ve finally detected evidence of water plumes on Europa, an ice-crusted moon of Jupiter. (Image credit: NASA, ESA, and W. Sparks (STScI)) Video here. Very cool, and not just because of a surface temp of minus-260 F. … Continue reading

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Open Friday With Dick and Max

Long-time readers know I dislike censoring practices in media, including banning commenters on blogs or deleting posts. I will mention that one of Max’s he said/he said screeds went into the trash a little while ago. He knows why: don’t … Continue reading

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The Armchair Liturgist: Blessing New Hymnals

How do new hymnals in a parish get introduced? Fund-raising campaign? Negotiation with the finance committee? Your people come to Mass one weekend, and surprise! New books. Some of you may know the Book of Blessings provides for the blessing … Continue reading

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Cantors And Their Arms

Jerry Galipeau asked “Why do cantors at Mass extend their arm/s or hand/s when it is time for the assembly to sing?” From the blogger: I simply memorize the first few lines of whatever it is that the assembly is … Continue reading

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Moving On From Lot’s Wife

I’ve always loved the cheek of bargaining with God in Genesis 18. Abraham is well aware of his creaturely status, but comes back again and again to make his case for a few innocents in Sodom. He’s thinking of Lot, no … Continue reading

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Too Much Deutero-Isaiah?

Two of the curious comments I read on the CMAA thread discussing my review of Worship 3 were these: One way in which I might want to qualify (Todd’s) claim about depth would be to note a lack of breadth in … Continue reading

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