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Christmas Isn’t Perfect – So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas

December 19, 2014 9 Comments
Christmas Isn’t Perfect – So Find Christ in Your Real Christmas

Most of us have a perfect Christmas in mind. Often it is the creation of Hallmark, Currier & Ives, and various marketers. But none of us will have a perfect Christmas, just a real one. The First Christmas wasn’t perfect either. In fact, the only way to describe it is to call it a crisis. Mary […]

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Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

December 18, 2014 48 Comments
Pope Gregory the Great: Advice to the Married

Every now and again when I write on Holy Matrimony, especially the Church’s more staunch biblical teachings (indissolubility, no contraception, etc.), someone will inevitably write in with a kind of sneer and wonder at or even laugh at a celibate man advising married people about marriage. To be sure, inner experience of something has its […]

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Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

December 17, 2014 4 Comments
Run, Don’t Walk, to the Nearing Jesus!

The Lord’s coming is near. And though we have all been well taught that the word “Advent” means “coming,” there is the danger that we think we are only passively waiting for him to come.  It is not just that the Lord is coming to us, but that we are also journeying to Him. In […]

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Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects

December 16, 2014 94 Comments
Strange Moments In Liturgical History – How a Paragon of Liturgical Tradition May Have Caused Unintended Effects

In the modern struggles and disagreements over the Liturgy, there tends to be a list of friends and opponents depending on one’s stance. For those of us with a more traditional leaning, Pope St. Pius X looms large as a friend and an image of tradition. He is usually seen as a defender of the […]

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Don’t Forget to Worship God! A Call to Better Liturgy from an Unlikely Source

December 15, 2014 43 Comments

We have discussed before many of the trends of modern liturgy and how the focus has shifted from God to the “assembly.” Too much of modern liturgy today is anthropocentric (focused on man). Back in the 1990’s, Thomas Day observed in the book Why Catholics Can’t Sing, that liturgy today often comes down  to “the aware, gathered […]

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Some with Same-Sex Attraction Choose Celibacy – A Reflection on an Article in the Washington Post

December 14, 2014

A little over a year ago, I wrote an article asking and answering this question: What Does the Catholic Church Offer for those with Same-Sex Attraction? And the answer is, “the truth.” It is the same gift we offer anyone who will give us the gift of attention and presence. The truth, as revealed by God, […]

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Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

December 13, 2014 4 Comments
Sweet, Beautiful, Soul-Saving Joy – A Homily for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

This Sunday is traditionally called Gaudete Sunday based on the Introit for the day: Gaudete in Domino semper, iterum dico, Gaudete (from Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice). This theme is developed most fully in today’s readings in 1 Thessalonians 5:16ff. It, too, begins with the salutation and imperative, “rejoice […]

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A Higher Love – As Seen in a Christmas Commercial

December 12, 2014 4 Comments

Most of us begin by thinking the world can make us happy. But if we reach maturity, both spiritual and emotional, we realize that we were made for something higher, something more akin to our hearts truest longings. The body gets the most from this world, but our soul needs something else, someone else—and that someone […]

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