Category Archives: spirituality

Indifference

Do you readers know the Principle and Foundation from the Spiritual Exercises? As I understand (and would paraphrase) it, we are made by God to love and serve God. Perhaps its not in a human gene sequence (sorry Max), but … Continue reading

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A Golden Thought on Psalmody

From the mouth of John Chrysostom: Every time the Christian people apply themselves to the recitation of the Psalms they become like a lyre ready to vibrate under the hand of the Holy Spirit, who touches the most profound chords … Continue reading

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Take the 69th

If we did not have Psalm 22 or 31, what would Christians sing on Good Friday? Perhaps Psalm 69. Is the savior consumed by anger, as is hinted in John 2:13ff, or is he consumed as in spent, emptied, and … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: Gethsemani

The full title of Dianne Aprile’s 1998 book is The Abbey of Gethsemani Place of Peace and Paradox. Written on the occasion of that Kentucky monastery’s 150th anniversary, I read it over the course of four nights. A most enjoyable … Continue reading

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Schizophrenic Psalm

Psalm 118 is given for Morning Prayer of week 2 in the Divine Office. The contrasts struck me: The nations all encompassed me; in the Lord’s name I crushed them. And: I was hard-pressed and was falling, but the Lord … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: No Secrets, and a Mission

Tomorrow, we get a second pause in a long liturgical season of purple. Nine months before Christmas, we start a countdown to the Nativity, and if your parish is on the ball, you might even get to sing the Gloria. … Continue reading

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How Much Use for the 1998 Missal?

I noticed on PrayTell some discussion about the 1998 Sacramentary centering on how much it gets used. I think some churchfolk would be surprised at how much it is utilized. As a resource containing prayers, I will freely admit I’ve … Continue reading

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