A beautiful candle-lit Vespers service had just concluded. The pouring rain outside echoed in the sanctuary, adding to the sense of reverence. Most of the congregation had left, but a few, like my friend, Tony, had remained to pen the names of loved ones in the book of remembrance or pray. I set my belongings on a front […]
Sometimes I think of the mystery of the Incarnation—central to Advent and Christmas—as God deciding to enroll in the “Human Being 101” course. Not because God didn’t grasp what it was like to be fully human, but because WE didn’t grasp that God fully knew our human experience. So, in the person of Jesus, God lived among us and knew our joys and hopes, our griefs and anxieties first-hand. And we still unfold and celebrate that mystery in our own day-by-day living as members of Christ’s Body.
“At no time has the Church in her official teaching or in her best theologians ever considered Communion under one species as the ideal.”
The existence of auxiliary bishops in the Catholic Church is comprehensible, but not very helpful for the theology of episcopacy according to the Second Vatican Council.
How does one renovate an existing place of worship to suit a new dogma?
Steve Petrunak has directed a very strong music program at St. Blase Parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan.
From the 1st Sunday of Advent until Holy Thursday the bishop has effectively banned Communion from the chalice in his diocese.