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Ars Praedicandi: Preaching on Palm Sunday

Preaching on Palm Sunday poses some distinctive challenges regarding length, theme, and purpose.

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St. Teresa of Avila at 500

Teresa is not only one of the most remarkable women of the Christian tradition but also one of its greatest theologians of prayer.

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Viewpoint: The Eucharist is the ‘Memory Bank’ of the Church

The tragic and glorious history of the Christian people lives on in the Eucharist, which will reach its completion only at the heavenly banquet.

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The Priest’s Perspective

A recent article at Huffington Post titled “What does Worship Look like from a Priest’s Point of View?” has a series of pictures taken from the perspective of the priest at Mass. I thought the article was interesting and it caused me to reflect on the priest’s experience at Mass.

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Non Solum: The Passion Narrative

The Passion narrative always receives careful consideration in our liturgy planning. We have found that the differences between the three synoptic gospels make it undesirable to use the same approach every year.

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Re-Reading Sacrosanctum Concilium: Article 94

That the day may be truly sanctified, and that the hours themselves may be recited with spiritual advantage, it is best that each of them be prayed at a time which most closely corresponds with its true canonical time.

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Brushing Against God

How many of us, when confronted with the Good News, have had the courage to ask the question Mary did? “How is this possible?” Or do we hide our doubts with pious language, like Ahaz? “I do not wish to tempt the Lord.”

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The Holy in the More than Mundane

I drove home recently—and by home I mean my childhood home—from a meeting in Chicago. Having lived in northern Indiana for over 10 years (followed by two years suffering through the traffic of Northern Virginia), I’m both comfortable navigating “the Region” and not surprised by the dismal trails of traffic stretching under bridges, around construction […]

The Place of the Pipe Organ in Worship

Despite the affirmation of church documents that the organ is to be given “pride of place” in liturgical celebrations, fewer people are learning how to play it.

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Ars Praedicandi: A Homily on the Fourth Sunday of Lent in the Orthodox Church

When men and women took up the journey to the desert in imitation of Jesus and his fast, they were honoring his love and fidelity to God; they were not looking for our adulation or worship, because only fools bow down before any man or woman who has excelled in emaciating his or her body. They were motivated by love and sought to imitate him.

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