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Archive for February, 2010

Learning to Behold

A sermon on Luke 9:28-36. Recognizing glory, responding to glory, engaging with glory requires practice.

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Not So Fast

It’s anybody’s guess when the new English missal will be approved. My crystal ball is at the shop for a checkup so I can’t make any predictions today.


Asking for Forgiveness

How do we ask for forgiveness authentically? What is needed for the sound of our asking to ring true, and deeply so? (I remember a spectacularly naïve request for forgiveness I received a few years ago, and I still cringe in pain). One thing I do know: being able to say, straightforwardly, the words “forgive me” is a step in the right direction. The simple words say so much more than “I am sorry.” For one, “forgive me” voices a direct request to another, who by these two words is rendered visible as the one who has been wronged.

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Celebrating the Church on the Streets

Jesus said, “Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours.” (Luke 6:20). But what happens when the poor aren’t recognized as inheritors of the reign of God? Where do they go when they are excluded from the eucharistic assembly?

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“Let’s Just Wait” at NCReporter

Here is the NCReporter on Fr. Ryan’s “Let’s Just Wait” campaign. The online petition to delay the new English missal now has over 17.000 signatories.

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What Ratzinger Tells Us About Benedict

Pope Benedict is on another planet than the traditionalists. He supported the goals of the preconciliar liturgical movement. He fundamentally supports the idea of structural liturgical reform…

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Favorite Hymn of John Paul II

The Summer 2008 issue of The Hymn, citing the Polish American Journal, reports that John Paul II loved the hymn “Barka”…

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Attendance stats in TEC

Here are some wise words about statistics on worship attendance in the Episcopal Church by Rev. Bosco Peters, Anglican priest in New Zealand.

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Stations Online

From Saint Mary’s Basilica in Minneapolis, here are really beautiful Stations of the Cross.

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Richard McBrien on the New Missal

Here is Fr. Richard McBrien on the upcoming English missal and Fr. Ryan’s proposal to wait before implementing it. You’ll never guess what side McBrien is on.

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