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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: What does God require of us?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins tomorrow, Jan 18, on the feast of St. Peter, and runs through Jan 25, the feast of St. Paul. As always, the World Council of Churches has provided prayer resources (PDF) in … Continue reading

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Six Eight Months Later*

(*I meant to write this after six months, but life’s been busy!) Well, it’s been six eight months now since we bade farewell to the ICEL translation of the Roman Missal and started using the new, so I thought I’d … Continue reading

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“Tasting Heaven on Earth”

Among the Western theological developments the East missed during this period were the definition of original sin as hereditary guilt; the rise of tariff penance with its consequent notions of satisfaction for sin, purgatory and indulgences; and the medieval sacramental … Continue reading

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Weeping, Lamentation, and Hope

At the end of his post on praying with the psalms in times of sorrow, Richard Beck articulates (one of the reasons) why I cry at church: Because, like I said above, I’ve seen how these psalms of praise are … Continue reading

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Do Catholics worship Idols? Part 1: Statues of Jesus

Quite some time ago, after a post about contemporary idolatry, I promised one of my commenters a response to his question whether the Catholic use of statues in prayer constituted idolatry. Since one of my BLT co-bloggers has also just … Continue reading

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Why go to church this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday?

Let me tell you about the Easter Triduum. The word means “three days” in Latin, and it means the three days that are, essentially, the High Holy Days of Christianity: Holy Thursday (or Maundy Thursday in some traditions, from the … Continue reading

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And Also with Oops.

That was pretty much my experience with the “Lord be with you” dialogues at Mass tonight. I got the first one right, because I was thinking about it. But the others — and by the way, I never noticed how … Continue reading

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Missa Est

Gracious God, we thank you for the gift of the 1970 ICEL missal, which we now put to rest at the direction of the bishop of Rome. In its words, for the first time in centuries, generations of English-speaking Catholics … Continue reading

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Disagreeing with Barth

We cannot hear Christ otherwise than according to the particular leading and responsibility of the churches, each of us, that is, giving ear to the church to which we owe allegiance as members, within which we were baptized and brought … Continue reading

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