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Non solum: Ministry of Hospitality and the Opening of Doors

What do your Ministers of Hospitality do to welcome church members and guests? Has your parish discovered the opportunities of human encounter during the act of opening a door?


Mary as the Healer of Schism

In the history of the veneration of wonderworking icons, one of the more prevalent motivations for venerating an icon is the invocation of Mary’s protection of the city from foreign invaders.


Whither Confirmation?

The “age of confirmation” in the dioceses of the United States at present is 7 to 16. This isn’t a coherent vision.


The Celebration of First Communion

That good liturgy is the best form of catechesis is simply a subset of the larger claim that all liturgies catechize.  I invite readers to post their own thoughts about the catechesis (good or bad) that they have experienced in liturgy (whether the Mass or another form of worship).


Liturgical Translations: The Road Ahead

“Competing visions of how liturgy and language develop are embodied in the controversy surrounding translation. On the one hand, there is a vision of organic development, from the ground up, discerned and guided by the hierarchy. On the other, there is a vision of translators charged with producing a “sacral vernacular” expressing “timeless truths,” detached from changing circumstances on the ground. Which vision is correct? Is it possible to combine values from both perspectives?”



Aren’t You Peter and Paul?

Paul, from the Latin Paulus, meaning humble; Peter, from the Greek petros, meaning stone; and so the Church was built to be both egoless and adamant—something to sing and sigh about, for while our Church has endured, flinty and stalwart, for millennia, we have also all too often been arrogant and blind and full of our windy selves, not the clarion and inarguable Word.


“Laudato Si” and Liturgical Life — Example 1: Green Burial Practices

Since the publication of Pope Francis’s encyclical “Laudato Si” I have been thinking about how best to spell out this beautiful text for liturgical and devotional practices.  Some of this is easily done, since the Pope offers his own examples (especially in the section on “Sacramental Signs and the Celebration of Rest”):  pray before meals; […]

The Sea of Lake Sagatagan

The Stella Maris Chapel, dedicated to Mary, Star of the Sea, sits tantalizingly within sight across the lake from the Abbey Guest House. It seems to be situated just around the corner…except, let us not forget that we are in Minnesota. Not only are there a lot of lakes, but there are a lot of big lakes.


German Bishop Calls for Withdrawal of Good Friday Petition of Benedict XVI

Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff called for revoking the revised prayer written by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and for a definitive end to negotiations with the Society of St. Pius X.


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Wonder and Compassion – in the Museum and in the Liturgy

Becoming less self-centered, connecting with other, feeling compassion, being more likely to give of ourselves to others – isn’t that what the liturgy too is about?


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