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Pax Christi Award: Congrats, David, Marty, and Michael!

The Pax Christi award has as its purpose to honor those whose lives exemplify Benedictine ideals.


Penance — a Possible Response to Profound Moral Injury?

Here is a question that I do not have an answer to, but that I hope some of you who are deeply involved in pastoral ministry might.   I was asked this question by a former student who is currently ministering in the context of a V.A. hospital.  Confronted with military service-members who had committed, […]

RIP Archbishop John R. Quinn (1929-2017)

“Oh yes, I’m very hopeful because the Holy Spirit is clearly at work and the Risen Lord is walking among the golden candlesticks (Rev. 2:1).”


What happens to all those flowers in a Corpus Christi procession?

The idea of festival excess is taken to a fabulous degree in the assembling of these floral designs that pass away after only a day.


Sharing Religious Life, Liturgy, and the Pursuit of Happiness on the Web

… the nuns’ turn to cyberspace is only the latest chapter in a long history of religious orders’ using the best means of communication.


Lord, Close My Lips

The opening verse of the office “Lord, open my lips” used to have a twin at the end of the day.


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Of Awkward Chalices and Liturgical Reform

Why are old chalices so hard to use for administering communion? What does this tell us about the reformed liturgy and its relation to our liturgical past?


In the Face of Death: Peace at the Last

A couple of months ago, I wrote a blog post about a brief ritual, created by the Diocese of Speyer, Germany, for those accompanying the dying and present at the moment of death.  Different from the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, this blessing ritual (Sterbesegen) could be used by anybody, lay or ordained.  […]

New Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities

Just two days ago, the USCCB voted on revised Guidelines for the Celebration of the Sacraments with Persons with Disabilities at their semi-annual meeting.


The Ecclesiastical Catwalk

An ecclesiastical fashion show from Poland.


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