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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Modest and Festive

May 01 Modest and Festive

When I was last in Rome, a lifetime ago, I remember being so happy that the churches there has dress codes that were actually being enforced.  There were signs everywhere, reminding both men and women to cover up our shoulders and knees and everything in between.  It seemed to be reminding us also that, even though we were all on vacation to varying degrees, we were still entering a house of...

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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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In Response to the Rolling Dice

Feb 20 In Response to the Rolling Dice

Recently, fellow contributor Tim Shaughnessy wrote an interesting post on the idea of being “too picky” in choosing a Mass, specifically when travelling.  He likened it to “Rolling the Dice”, taking your chances when walking into an unfamiliar church and hoping for the best.  In a way, I know how he feels.  However, of the two options he offers, i. e. either accepting...

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5 Ways to Shush the Church Chatter

Jul 19 5 Ways to Shush the Church Chatter

We’ve all been there before; churchgoers in a nearby pew chatting it up during Mass.  Their conversation can be heard by all those around unless they whisper, which we all know rarely happens.  Regardless, on the off-chance they speak in low-tones, rest assured that they’re doing it just to annoy you. What is a Catholic to do?  I’ve seen priests glare down parishioners and...

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