Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

Aug 21 Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one of focused prayer with very involved participation to distracted prayer...

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Shooting Craps: Church Aesthetics and Spiritual Formation

Feb 20 Shooting Craps: Church Aesthetics and Spiritual Formation

Earlier this week, Tim opined on his experience of “rolling the dice” with regard to attending Mass.  Bridget responded.   I figured I’d take swing at giving my own thoughts,  though it’s more aimed at Bridget’s response than Tim’s original post.  Before I jump into this, I would like to refer you to a piece by The American Catholic regarding Canon 518,...

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Hearing God in the liturgy

Jan 28 Hearing God in the liturgy

The Pope’s Jan. 27th Angelus address reminds us why Sunday rest, and the liturgy celebrated thereon, is so important: “Before we can speak of God and with God, we need to listen, and the liturgy of the Church is the ‘school’ of this listening to the Lord who speaks to us.” Most admonitions about keeping Sunday holy fall along the lines of “In our scattered and distracted...

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The Liturgy and Us

Nov 01 The Liturgy and Us

Call me late to the party, but I came across the Pope’s Wednesday General Audience on October 3rd, and was struck by a few things: [W]hat place in my relationship with God does liturgical prayer, especially Holy Mass occupy, as participation in the common prayer of the Body of Christ which is the Church? It’s easy to think of prayer as an individual initiative without much bearing on...

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Another Bible Translation?

Jun 21 Another Bible Translation?

What would you like to see in a new translation of the New Testament?

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