Category Archives: spirituality

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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Reflecting on the Liturgy

New reader Karen DiNoto made a query I’d like to draw out and offer some extended commentary. I am a new catechist and going to be doing the dismissal and lesson this week and need some thought provoking questions on … Continue reading

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Antarctic Orthodoxy and the Longing for Peace

A few readers may recall my fascination with farthest down under continent. A search for “Antarctica” on the side will uncover a collection of posts. Perhaps you recall this citing of a CNS article describing how Christian chaplaincy is handled at … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Slow Work

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin is one of my heroes. Not a saint. (Not yet.) But a Jesuit and a scientist. Lent can be a slow work, testing our patience. Especially for those aspiring to virtue among us, it can seem … Continue reading

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Lenten Reflections: Viriditas

Hildegard of Bingen is associated with the spiritual principle of viriditas. It came to mind as I was introduced to this quote by the English mystic Caryll Houselander: Love is most likely to spring from another’s need for us, and … Continue reading

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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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