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Our Lenten Journey, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021216.cfm

 

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Our Lenten Journey, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021116.cfm

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Our Lenten Journey, Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016

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Our Lenten Journey 2016

Today’s Readings from the USCCB:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021016.cfm

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It’s Christmas, but not just Christmas!

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For all those who have a birthday within a week of Christmas, I am sure you will appreciate the fine Christmas whine I am about to decant.

 

Christmas grift

You see, I was born on Dec. 19, six short days before Christmas. That might sound nice – being born so close to date upon which our Savior was born. But here’s the downside: You get rooked royally, when it comes to gifts. I recall, through most of my childhood and into adulthood, when my birthday would come around, I would get presents. But as those presents were handed to me, I’d be greeted with this phrase, “This is for your birthday … and for Christmas, too.” In the background, I was almost able to hear singer Barry Gordon intoning mockingly, “I’m gettin’ nothin’ for Christmas.” Read more »

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Pope’s hidden footnote on ‘famiglia’

November 1st, 2015 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags: , , ,

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When Pope Francis presented his final talk to the assembled Synod of Bishops on the family on Oct. 24, the speech was released by the Vatican with footnotes, including an acrostic on “famiglia,” the Italian word for family.

Thanks to Rocco Palmo, who pointed out the hidden papal reflection on the church’s family mission on his blog, Whispers in the Logia. The first letters of the words in bold face spell out “famiglia.” The following is the text of footnote 8 of the Oct. 24 papal talk.

An acrostic look at the word “family” [Italian: “famiglia”] can help us summarize the church’s mission as the task of:

Forming new generations to experience love seriously, not as an individualistic search for a pleasure then to be discarded, and to believe once again in true, fruitful and lasting love as the sole way of emerging from ourselves and being open to others, leaving loneliness behind, living according to God’s will, finding fulfilment, realizing that marriage is “an experience which reveals God’s love, defending the sacredness of life, every life, defending the unity and indissolubility of the conjugal bond as a sign of God’s grace and of the human person’s ability to love seriously” (Homily for the Opening Mass of the Synod, 4 October 2015: L’Osservatore Romano, 5-6 October 2015, p. 7) and, furthermore, enhancing marriage preparation as a means of providing a deeper understanding of the Christian meaning of the sacrament of Matrimony; Read more »

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St. Francis of Assisi’s ‘Canticle of the Creatures’

June 25th, 2015 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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The following is a translated version of St. Francis of Assisi’s “Canticle of the Creatures,” also known as “Canticle of the Sun,” a prayer of St. Francis of Assisi that Pope Francis alludes to in the title of his new encyclical “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home.” The Vatican text of the encyclical does not include the translation Pope Francis quotes.

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Tintinnabulation in church

April 19th, 2015 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags: ,

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Why the bells are ringing (if it’s customary) during Mass at your parish

 

In 1979, disco singer Anita Ward made all of America aware that she told the man she loved, “You can ring my bell.” This gruesome little bit of 1970s disco gruel should be a forgettable number-one hit. But that song still occasionally haunts my brain, as I can hear the chorus sung with the clanging of bells in the backdrop.

Those bells are memorable. Likewise Paul McCartney opened one of his most successful songs “Let ’Em In” with a memorable invocation of bells. I guess you could say both songs, “Ring My Bell” and “Let ’Em In,” had some a-peal. (ouch)

Bells announce things. They let us know what time it is; they tell us our three-minute egg is ready; they announce a phone call; they announce that you have reached your floor on the elevator; they announce a person is at your door to visit with you. Bells do a lot – and they have a special place in the heart of the church in terms of announcements and other purposes. Read more »

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Lent is a season for conversion

February 22nd, 2015 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags: ,

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It’s time to decide to ‘turn your heart around’ in imitation of the saints

 

Lent is here and it is during this season that, in addition to praying and fasting, we are called to turn ourselves back to God. It is a time of conversion.

 

Take me to your liter

There are lots of conversions we experience in life, like when we convert measurements from imperial measure (inches, feet) to that of the metric system (centimeters, meters). In the format wars of the early video era, there were people who converted from BetaMax to VHS. In the cell phone carrier battle, conversion from AT&T to Verizon to Sprint to Nextel happens all the time. There are other conversions, too: Moving from caffeinated to decaf, from PCs to Macs, and even betraying the logic of the universe and moving from McDonalds to Burger King.

However, having a conversion or change of heart in the realm of faith is a little tougher than going from a Big Mac to Whopper. (Although for me, it might be a comparable challenge.) But, tough though it may be, we are called to conversion. Read more »

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Our Lenten Journey: Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Our Lenten Journey | February 19, 2015

 

“Be who you are and be that well.”

— St. Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

 

Although St. Francis’ advice may seem simple, being ourselves can present a challenge as we take up Christ’s cross in our lives.

From today’s readings: “What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”

 

FOR MORE, TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021915.cfm

 

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

 

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Our Lenten Journey: Ash Wednesday, February 18, 2015

February 18th, 2015 Posted in Catechetical Corner Tags:

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Our Lenten Journey | February 18, 2015

 

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a special time of reflection and sacrifice as we prepare to celebrate Easter.

For most Christians, it is the time to make sacrifices by “giving up” something, and also a time to practice corporal and spiritual works of Mercy as part of the observance of the season — and begin the journey back to God if they have been away.

 

Today’s first reading says:

“Even now, says the LORD,

return to me with your whole heart,

with fasting, and weeping, and mourning;

Rend your hearts, not your garments,

and return to the LORD, your God.”

 

FOR MORE, TODAY’S READINGS:

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/021815.cfm

 

USCCB LENTEN RESOURCES:

http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/liturgical-year/lent/lent-calendar.cfm

 

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