Confessor Got You Down?

Confessor Got You Down?

Lately I’ve been trying to take the advice of some really good mentors.  I’ve been aiming for more regular confession.  Throughout much of my adult life I’ve probably gone to the sacrament on average 6-8 times per year.  In the past few years...
Christmas Mass and the lost sheep

Christmas Mass and the lost sheep

It’s pretty easy to become a curmudgeon about the Christmas Mass. If your parish is anything like mine, you’ll find yourself squeezed in among a bunch of people you’ve never met before, in a pew that every other Sunday is capacious enough for all its usual...
Children’s Liturgy of the What Now?

Children’s Liturgy of the What Now?

Folks, I don’t know about you but there is this thing my parish does that really gets under my skin. Before going any further, the following is just my opinion (all of it) and truly just a thought I had about children and mass today as we approach the...
The heart of a traditionalist

The heart of a traditionalist

In the Catholic blogosphere, there are a number of labels: traditionalist, orthodox, charismatic, rad-trad, liberal, and conservative being among them. One of the newest and most vibrant of these groups in recent years is the traditionalist label, particularly due to...
Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

Holy Smoke! Why Liturgical Symbol Matters

A few years ago I found myself holding young Benedict, my then-fifteen month-old pride and joy, amazed that he was being so good for me at Sunday mass.  I asked myself if God wasn’t giving me a little break so that for the first time in a long time I might actually...