Category Archives: spirituality

Devotions

Amy Welborn has made an interesting connection, that the supposed decline in popular piety post-Vatican II is a form of clericalism. The notion being that the conciliar emphasis on the Mass, requiring the ministry of a priest, is something unfair … Continue reading

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Saint Benedict Welcomes Guests

Our nation is hardly a monastery, let alone many of our parishes. But on this feast of Benedict of Nursia, some thoughts on welcoming guests. I have never failed to be welcomed when visiting a Benedictine monastery as a pilgrim, … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Gift Of Peace

My beloved wife acquired this book many years ago. She is more of a collector than I, so it sat on my shelf for many years. I pulled it out last week, on impulse. She was having a difficult dental … Continue reading

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Papal Gift, Brother To Brother

Fragments of the bones of Saint Peter have left the chapel of the Apostolic Palace in Rome and were sent home with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Pope Francis bothers conservative Catholics yet again, few of whom have actually been pilgrims … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Into Your Hands, Father

My boss’s Christmas present this year was the small book¬†Into Your Hands,¬† Father. She mentioned it was recommended by our archbishop, something he gifted to pastors and lay coordinators. It was the best bishop-sourced suggestion since this book. I may … Continue reading

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On The Lord’s Prayer: Why Words Aren’t Important

I saw a Fox News headline arrive in my newsfeed about Pope Francis changing the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Interesting, I thought. When was the Fox interested in what was going on in Italy? I could lament about the … Continue reading

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Reconciliation At The Heart Of Community

More from that short book of two Harvard Divinity School lectures, From Brokenness to Community, Jean Vanier has a thought on reconciliation. The jumping off part is where he discusses Jesus urging us to love our enemies. He identifies our … Continue reading

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