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On the Importance of Little Things

February 7, 2018 2 Comments
On the Importance of Little Things

I have found that one of my favorite quotes from St. Augustine is not all that well known. Here it is in Latin, followed by my own translation: Quod minimum, minimum est, Sed in minimo fidelem esse, magnum est. What is a little thing, is (just) a little thing, But to be faithful in a […]

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The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger

July 5, 2015 13 Comments
The Most Essential Question of Every Liturgy – A Meditation on a Teaching From Joseph Ratzinger

There is a legend of how the liturgy and the Faith took hold in Rus (Russia). Prince Vladimir of Kiev was seeking a right worship for his people and sent representatives to look into various faiths and also liturgies. When emissaries went south to observe the Greek Christian Liturgy, they returned saying that they were not sure […]

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How to Give Adequate Thanks to God. A Meditation on Thanksgiving Day

November 21, 2012 9 Comments

On this feast of Thanksgiving (here in America) we do well to ponder how we ought to give thanks to God. Indeed, how can one adequately thank God who is the giver of every good and perfect gift? Is it really enough to simply kneel and say a prayer of thanks? Perhaps we should run […]

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Through the Liturgy the Lord Reorders our Lives. A Reflection on the Road to Emmaus

April 11, 2012 14 Comments

The very familiar passage about Jesus’ encounter with the disciples on the road to Emmaus is rich with many themes and teachings. I have commented elsewhere that the whole passage is, essentially in the structure of a Mass. You can read that reflection here: Mass on the Move In this reflection it is worth considering […]

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A Christmas Cookie Recipe in the Style of the Revised Translation

December 25, 2011 52 Comments

Please accept a light-hearted post on Christmas Monday wherein we ponder a Christmas Cookie Recipe in the fine and polished style of the Revised Translation of the Mass. Please also understand, as most of you know, I am a big fan of the new translation we are using. I like it! But this little recipe […]

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Traditional Latin Mass in Dance Time? Sure!

July 18, 2011 23 Comments

Every now and then I hear the Old Latin Mass described as a somber affair. Many think only dirges are sung and that everything is quite subdued. Granted a low Mass can be rather quiet as the Priest whispers much of the Mass. But a sung Mass in the Old Latin Rite (Extraordinary Form) can […]

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Compare and Contrast: Super Bowl and the Mass, Football and Faith

February 6, 2011 54 Comments

I write to you in the midst of a semi-“religious” event: the Super Bowl. People have donned their sacred attire and are shouting praises. The game really lit up toward the end of the second half and again in the last quarter. I enjoy football, but see it a lot less since I am a […]

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The Hidden Mass in Today’s Gospel and the Perfect Thanksgiving – A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

October 9, 2010 0 Comments

One of the great human inadequacies is rendering proper and adequate thanks to God. Perhaps the biggest problem is that we don’t even know 90% of what he does for us. It is hid from our eyes. A further problem is that we tend, in our fallen condition, to be wired to magnify our distresses […]

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