Monthly Archives: March 2013

Holy Week Potpourri

A jumble of things that have been going on this week: – On Monday, Pope Francis sent a Passover telegram to the Chief Rabbi of Rome: A few days on from our meeting, and with renewed gratitude for your having … Continue reading

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Pope Francis will not live in the papal apartments

He’s going to stay in the Domus Sanctae Marthae, a Vatican guesthouse whose name means “St. Martha’s House,” where he’s been living since the start of the conclave. He did move into a two-room suite with a slightly larger living … Continue reading

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What prayer does

…I’ve shed expectations that prayer (and my own prayer specifically) should impact outcomes. God does not respond to my requests as if working in a worldwide order fulfillment center. Instead, prayer realigns my priorities and enlarges my view, so that … Continue reading

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Jottings on Sin: Relating feminist and mimetic hamartiologies?

I went on a database crawl last night looking for material by Mary McClintock Fulkerson, and have read lightly through a few papers that have prompted these still-embryonic thoughts about connections between the understandings of sin in traditional, feminist, and … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

When God is left out of it then all we’re left with is our own ideas, and we defend those to the death and preferably the death of the other. When God is in the middle of it, there is … Continue reading

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Be a Protector, like St. Joseph

From Francis’ homily at his installation mass: Joseph is a “protector” because he is able to hear God’s voice and be guided by his will; and for this reason he is all the more sensitive to the persons entrusted to … Continue reading

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Reflections on Haight’s Comparative Ecclesiology

Haight, Roger. “Comparative Ecclesiology.” The Routledge Companion to the Christian Church. ed. Gerard Mannion and Lewis S. Mudge. New York: Routledge. 2008. 387-401. After a brief overview of comparative elements of ecclesiology through the history of the church, Haight identifies … Continue reading

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Worship Aid for Pope Francis’ Installation Mass

The worship aid (PDF) can be downloaded from the Vatican website. (It’s got music in it! Notes for the chants! :happy dance: ) America Magazine has a good outline of the mass, its associated rites, and who will be there. … Continue reading

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The Persuasive Power of a Mother’s Breast

An interesting paper by Salvador Ryan, The Persuasive Power of a Mother’s Breast: The Most Desperate Act of the Virgin Mary’s Advocacy, discusses the once-popular images of Mary breastfeeding Jesus, or exposing her breast to him, as depicting two forms … Continue reading

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More Pope Francis tidbits

garnered from various news stories. His favorite painting is Chagall’s White Crucifixion: painted in 1938 by Jewish artist Marc Chagall, depicting the crucified Christ as a clearly identifiable Jewish man surrounded by contemporary images of Jews suffering under the Nazi … Continue reading

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