Author Archives: gaudetetheology

Mary as Viewpoint Character

Catholic devotion to Mary is often disturbing, if not actually scandalous, to most non-Catholic Christians in the West. Having grown up during the first decade after Vatican 2, when liturgy, calendar, and religious education were re-emphasizing the fundamentals that we … Continue reading

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Longing for Ordinary Time

I know, I know: “ordinary time” comes from the Latin ordinal, meaning counting time. The liturgical season of ordinary time doesn’t really have to do with ordinariness. But here we are. 10 days since the violence at the Capitol. 10 … Continue reading

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Eucharist means Thanksgiving: a Lectionary Reflection for the morning after the night before

32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time Wis 6:12-16, Ps 63, 1 Thes 4:13-18, Mt 25:1-13 It seemed as if the readings today had been specially crafted for the moment our country finds itself in today. Even the opening prayer: Almighty and … Continue reading

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For us men?

The Christological portion of the Nicene Creed, in Latin, contains the phrase et homo factus est. Both both the 1970 and the 2011 missals translated this phrase as and became man. In this post I argue that this is a … Continue reading

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What are we deconstructing?

This question was asked of Kevin Miller during this evening’s session of the online Collaborators Conference, a mimetic theory/theology conference that is a successor of sorts to the Theology and Peace Conference I attended once or twice while in grad … Continue reading

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At the hour of our death

“At the hour of our death.” For Catholics, those words are instantly recognizable as the end of the Hail Mary. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death, amen. Although we … Continue reading

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Good Friday Moments

During the Passion reading, this verse rang loudly against too much of the news these days: “If he were not a criminal, we would not have handed him over to you.” – John 18:30 And the saddest thing I’ve ever … Continue reading

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We Are All in the Garden

On Holy Thursday, after the procession, after we sing the Tantum Ergo, gathered around the altar of repose, I usually meditate on being in the garden with Jesus, keeping watch and praying as his friends didn’t, because they couldn’t stay … Continue reading

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The Purpose of the Papacy, Francis, and the Synod

This blog post was inspired by a quote by Pete Buttigieg going around, “[T]he purpose of the Presidency is not to glorify the President, but to unify the American people.” What struck me was how easily it could be transposed … Continue reading

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