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Archive for March, 2015

When should the organ (not) be used?

Every year there is debate about whether or not the organ may be used during Advent and Lent, and especially regarding its use during the Sacred Triduum.

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Ars Praedicandi: Homilists for the Homeless

Over the course of the past three years a group of preachers and writers have come together to produce a series of books grouped together as Homilists for the Homeless. The series is based on the three-year cycle of Sunday lectionary readings and is now complete with the release of the third book.

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The Humility of Holy Week

Pope Francis’ call to follow Christ’s life of humility extends to us all.

Ars Praedicandi: Preaching on Palm Sunday

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

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.


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.

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.

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.


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.

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 […]