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Mortal or Not, Sin Always Causes Harm

July 23, 2018 33 Comments
Mortal or Not, Sin Always Causes Harm

For several generations, the Church has used a kind of shorthand in referring to mortal sin, for example, “X is a mortal sin.” The problem is that this general statement is an oversimplification. In order for the individual committing a particular act to be guilty of a mortal sin, three conditions are necessary: grave matter […]

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The Call to Integrity in Worship

July 16, 2018 7 Comments
The Call to Integrity in Worship

The first reading for Monday of the 15th week of the year is provocative, especially for those of us who hold the Liturgy in high esteem, as well we should. However, it is possible for us to distort even great things like the Mass and the sacraments. Let’s look at the reading and then draw […]

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The Fruits of Mass, as Seen in a Gospel Passage

April 8, 2018 0 Comments
The Fruits of Mass, as Seen in a Gospel Passage

I have written before on how the Gospel Passage of the encounter of the two disciples with Jesus on the road to Emmaus is (Luke 24:13-35), from start to finish, in the full form of a Mass. It is a kind of “Mass on the move.” I detail that understanding here: Mass on the Move. […]

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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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