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Tag: Sacraments

Restoring Greater Reverence to Sick Calls: Some Considerations

October 18, 2015 12 Comments
Restoring Greater Reverence to Sick Calls: Some Considerations

In my Parish, I work with the men of the Holy Name Society and the women of the Sodality to ensure that the numerous sick are visited regularly. I try to visit each of the sick members of my parish at least once per quarter to ensure that they have had Confession and the Anointing […]

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Not Magic: A Meditation on the Fruitful Reception of Sacraments

July 4, 2013 24 Comments
Not Magic: A Meditation on the Fruitful Reception of Sacraments

A fundamental principle of the seven Sacraments is that they have a reality that exists apart from the priest’s holiness or worthiness. They work ex opere operato (ie.. they are worked from the very fact of the work). One need not doubt therefore that a sacrament is in fact given just because a bishop, priest […]

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Marriage Mania: Average Couple spends more than $26,000 on Weddings

August 12, 2012 55 Comments

Back in the 1980s when I was ordained, there was a priest in the area who was famous (infamous) for the fact that he requested couples who were going to spend more than $5,000 on a wedding (more in those days than now) to pay a tithe, (one tenth) of what they spent on the […]

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What if God is unhappy with our praise? A call to the worthy reception of Communion

July 4, 2012 38 Comments

With some fear and trepidation I broach again the topic of the worthy reception of Holy Communion. Clearly the topic has been much in the news in the recent past and has intersected with politics, for the usual demands are that politicians be denied communion for their support of abortion, euthanasia and matters related to […]

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Concerning the obsession for photos at Liturgies – A Consideration of a Liturgical and Pastoral Problem

June 24, 2012 34 Comments

Consider the scene. The Bishop has taken his place at the entrance to the sanctuary. He is prepared to confirm some twenty children. It is a sacred moment, a Sacrament is to be conferred. The parents are in deep prayer thanking the Holy Spirit who is about to confirm their children for mission….. Oops, they […]

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On the Giving and Receiving of Holy Communion: Some norms to recall.

June 3, 2012 41 Comments

Recently here in the Archdiocese of Washington there was an issue regarding the denial of Holy Communion to a certain individual, which caused no little debate among the faithful. I am NOT going to reopen that case here, and ask all readers to please recall that, no matter what you may think, you do not […]

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Not Mindless Magic, but Mindful Mystery: On the Fruitful Reception of the Sacraments

May 30, 2012 6 Comments

A fundamental principle of the seven Sacraments is that they have a reality that exists apart from the priest’s holiness or worthiness. They work ex opere operato (ie.. they are worked from the very fact of the work). One need not doubt therefore that a sacrament is in fact given just because a bishop, priest […]

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Clarifying Certain Misunderstandings About Confirmation

April 23, 2012 39 Comments

Yesterday we discussed a bit about baptism and some of the pastoral practices surrounding it. Today in a kind of companion piece I’d like to address some of the distortions and confusion that often surround the Sacrament of Confirmation. Some one once said that Confirmation is the Sacrament in search of a theology. While not […]

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