Category Archives: spirituality

Beatitudes for Bishops VII

The last of the Beatitudes for Bishops:  Blessed is the bishop who is not afraid to go against the tide for the sake of the Gospel, making his face “stern” like that of Christ on his way to Jerusalem, without … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops VI

Archbishop Domenico Battaglia’s Beatitudes for Bishops were adopted by the Holy Father, who shared them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is here, in Italian.  I think they have applications outside of the office … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops V

The Beatitudes for Bishops’ original text is here, in Italian. Pope Francis seems to approve, making it a handout at a recent meeting of Italy’s national episcopal conference. Blessed is the bishop who banishes duplicity of heart, who avoids every … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops IV

Blessed is the bishop who has a heart for the misery of the world, who is not afraid to dirty his hands with the mud of the human soul in order to find God’s gold, who is not scandalized by … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops III

Bishop Beatitudes number 3: “Blessed is the bishop who does not shut himself up in the palaces of governance, who does not become a bureaucrat who is more attentive to statistics than to faces, to procedures than to stories, who … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops II

Beatitudes for Bishops by Archbishop Domenico Battaglia of Naples, passed along by Pope Francis. The original text is here, in Italian. I think they’re not just for bishops. Lots of church people lean to power over service. You don’t have … Continue reading

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Beatitudes for Bishops I

Beatitudes for Bishops are making the rounds in Catholic social media and some Catholic press outlets. These were composed by Naples Archbishop Domenico Battaglia, who delivered them last month in a homily at an episcopal ordination. The original text is … Continue reading

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St Michael’s Mass

If a Catholic went to daily Mass today, they probably heard one reading plus the Gospel. In the Lectionary, number 647, one will find an “or” between Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14 and Revelation 12:7-12ab. If your parish observes a name feast of … Continue reading

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St Raphael Prayer

For today’s feast, my favorite archangel of the three. Raphael, lead us toward those we are waiting for, those who are waiting for us. Raphael, Angel of happy meeting, lead us by the hand toward those we are looking for. … Continue reading

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Simple Art

Many years ago, a confirmation candidate gifted me with this simple wooden cross. Frankly, the style is not my usual cup of tea. I have icons, traditional and modern. I gravitate to paintings across all centuries, even modern and abstract … Continue reading

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No Continuity In The Magnificat

It’s been my premise that the norm of organic development in Vatican II liturgical reform (Cf. Sacrosanctum Concilium 23) is overused as a principle with wide application. The reality is that so many saints, even those who lived objectively good … Continue reading

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Which God?

A new visitor takes Catholic teaching to task about the God of Muslims, Christians, and Jews. It’s not a new take. The Catholic baseline can be found in Nostra Aetate, the 1965 conciliar Declaration in the Relation of the Church … Continue reading

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Season Of Saint Michael

I was reading about two bishops. One is encouraging Pope Leo’s St Michael Prayer, and the other is forbidding it. The last time I had this discussion in person, we pondered the request that came in. I observed that it … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean To Pray For Them?

Another public figure with a public stance against pandemic precautions has picked up the virus. I was watching a social media discussion about Cardinal Burke, and praying for him. Someone groused that the sentiment of praying for him seemed to … Continue reading

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No Contact: Palms or Fingertips?

Self-signation is a really good thing, a form of blessing for which lay people need no prompting, no clergy, and no permission. It is one of the most automatic gestures of public faith. It is also part of public culture … Continue reading

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