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Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

July 29, 2015 1 Comment
Pondering and Praying the Prefaces of the Sundays of the Year

I wrote yesterday in a general way about the part of the Mass that is called the “preface.” It is called this because it introduces the Eucharistic Prayer by stating a theme or reason for our gratitude. The text of the preface has a standard opening and closing which surround a varying text that speaks […]

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Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

July 28, 2015 12 Comments
Hidden Jewels: Appreciating the Prefaces of the Eucharistic Prayer

In tomorrow’s blog I will be looking at a few of the “prefaces” we use at Mass (these occur just before the Holy, Holy, Holy (Sanctus)). As a preface to speaking about those prefaces tomorrow, today I would like to consider the purpose of the preface and the dialogue that precedes it. For, indeed, a […]

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Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

July 27, 2015 10 Comments
Of Hunger and Hallucinations – How the Stages of Starvation Describe the Decaying West

Yesterday’s post dealt with the capacity of this world, by God’s promise, to provide sufficient food for us. While hunger does exist, it is due more to human sinfulness than insufficient resources. But even more prevalent these days than physical hunger is spiritual hunger, if not outright starvation. As is the case with physical hunger, […]

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Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

July 26, 2015 8 Comments
Of Plenty, Population, and Trust: A Further Reflection on the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

The multiplication of the loaves and fishes that we read about at Sunday Mass this week was a miracle so astonishing that it is recounted in all four Gospels. And a second, similar instance is recorded in another Gospel. In other words, this sort of miracle by Jesus is recounted five times within the four […]

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What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

July 25, 2015 5 Comments
What Are Your Five Loaves and Two Fishes? A Homily for the 17th Sunday of the Year

We have in today’s gospel the very familiar miracle of the loaves and the fishes. One is tempted to say, “Oh, that one …” and then tune out. But the gospel today contains a personal appeal from the Lord’s lips to your (my) ears: “Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?” Immediately, […]

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A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

July 24, 2015 2 Comments
A Meditation on the Swift Brevity of Life, as Seen in a Video

The short video below shows the span of one woman’s life, some seventy years in less than two minutes. How quickly she moves through the stages of her life, from infancy to her golden years! My mind drifted back to a photo album my father once assembled not long before his death. In the frontispiece […]

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Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

July 23, 2015 5 Comments
Veil in Reverse – A Reflection on the Veiling of Moses’ Face

In most traditional Catholic settings, we think of the veil as something a woman wears, a sign of traditional modesty and prayer. In this sense we consider it something good and positive, though perhaps some among us are less enthusiastic. But in the readings from Exodus that we are hearing in daily Mass, the veil […]

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The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

July 22, 2015 10 Comments
The Fire Next Time: A Meditation on the Glance of God from the Fiery Cloud

As we read through the Book of Exodus in daily Mass at this time of year (16th Week of the year) there comes the passage about the crossing of the Red Sea. As God parted the waters, He went on ahead of the people in the fiery column of His presence. And describing the Egyptians […]

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