Monthly Archives: November 2014

Penitential Advent: A #StayWokeAdvent Lectionary Reflection

I never understood the penitential aspect of Advent until tonight. When I was very young, Advent and Lent were both purple penitential seasons with little to distinguish between them. By the time I was in college, the seasons had been … Continue reading

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A Sign of Hope for Christian Unity

#PopeFrancis and Patriarch Bartholomew I give blessing side by side at end of today's Mass #historic #popeinturkey pic.twitter.com/suJFjdOUO0 — Mary Shovlain (@maryshovlain) November 29, 2014 Lord, remember your Church throughout the world; make us grow in love, together with Francis, … Continue reading

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Reflecting on the (Altar) Rail: Catholic communicants and the changes of Vatican II

I had an interesting conversation on Twitter the other day during which the topic of the communion rail came up. James wondered why Catholics eliminated the communion rail when it was “non-controversial” among Lutherans and Episcopalians. I claim no particular … Continue reading

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Talents, Bishops, and the Signs of the Times

I was very surprised at mass today when the presider said “The Gospel of the Lord” after only the first of the three servants, the one who doubled his five talents, had been rewarded. Turns out that’s a legit shorter … Continue reading

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So Much Internet: November Post-Synod Edition

As we all continue to process the events and documents of #Synod14, there are bunches of stuff to read: Kyle Cupp directly examines the issue of Power and control in the church: topics which are all too often either unspoken … Continue reading

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The Feast of the Lateran Basilica: Lectionary Reflection

This Sunday was the Feast of the Lateran Basilica, the “mother church” and very first basilica (Roman-style large public worship space) of the Church in Rome after the persecutions were ended. So it was a good day for ecclesiological reflection … Continue reading

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Schism, Expulsion, and Ecclesiology

There’s been a lot of news coverage in the Catholic press & blogosphere about the language of schism coming from conservative Catholics after the synod. Like everyone else, I’m a bit surprised to hear such extreme disagreement with the Pope … Continue reading

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