Category Archives: Scripture

Lenten Reflections: Praying One Word At A Time

A retired priest in my city has been in failing health for several months. I knew Father Patrick Geary almost twenty years ago when he was one of the archdiocese’s senior pastors in another city where we served in adjacent … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Genesis 45:1-8

Our associate pastor suggested an Old Testament reading outside of the Reconciliation Lectionary for the parish’s Lenten Communal Penance this year. I thought I’d include it in our series and invite your comments. I confess thinking of Donny Osmond at … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, A Psalm of Memory

We pick up on the long passage in #110 of the Rite of Penance. In yesterday’s post, we looked at the role of memory in reconciliation. We also viewed an introduction of ritual and liturgy into the Israelites’ of return … Continue reading

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Reconciliation Lectionary: Nehemiah 9:1-20, Confession

Reconciliation involves remembering. Remembering is a human activity, and helps us recall the good and the bad. We take stock of where we stand and we look to the future. We emphasize the good things, because we want to repeat … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Wild Beasts and Angels

Your parish cleric will proclaim one of the shorter Gospel readings in the Sunday Lectionary this weekend, just four verses of Mark 1, 12-15. At Mass last night I was struck by the companions of Jesus in the desert, according … Continue reading

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Joel Anticipates Max

When I heard this line from the first reading this morning, I immediately thought of our friend Atheist Max: Spare your people, LORD! do not let your heritage become a disgrace, a byword among the nations! Why should they say among … Continue reading

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Liturgy for New Cardinals

The worship aid Rocco whispered had some interesting choices. Tu Es Petrus rendered by the choir–not the assembly. Are the singers reminding the red hats that Francis is pope, and they are not? Just one reading, but not a Gospel … Continue reading

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