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Archive for January, 2017

Review of A Handbook for Catholic Preaching

Foley, Edward, gen. ed., with Catherine Vincie and Richard Fragomeni, ass. eds. A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. Collegeville, MN: The Liturgical Press, 2016. Cosponsored by The Catholic Association of Teachers of Homiletics and The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, A Handbook for Catholic Preaching is an extraordinary resource. It provides in concise yet comprehensive format […]

Ars Praedicandi: Preaching the Beatitudes

We have two homilies to share today in the Pray Tell feature, Ars Praedicandi. Although both were delivered on the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, using the same lectionary readings (Year A), each is unique—not only by virtue of the fact that they were delivered to different assemblies and in different places, but also in how they carry out their purpose. Seeing them side by side therefore gives us an opportunity to look at craft and style as well as content.

Fruit of the Vine or Cup of Devils?

Some creative communion stewards chose to make their own unfermented sacramental wine. One recipe called for adding a pound of hand-squashed raisin pulp—dried grapes—to a quart of boiling water. Later in the process, the “winemaker” was to add an egg white. Doesn’t that sound delicious?

Confident Kindness Makes American Great…

Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth…perhaps you may be sheltered.

Eucharist, Prayer, and Protest

America magazine reports that approximately 550 people gathered on Sunday to celebrate Mass in Lafayette Square, near the White House, in order to show solidarity with immigrants and refugees affected by President Trump’s recent Executive Order.

Pray Tell begs to differ

“Dynamic equivalence is outmoded” – True or False?

Do Translators Wear Prada?

I actually do believe that translators—metaphorically speaking—should wear Prada. As should the theologians, writers, poets, and singing musicians who work with them. It’s a good thing to have knowledgeable people working on the liturgy’s linguistic attire.

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Liturgy, Culture, and Social Justice

“This wasn’t Hollywood or show time or even the folk festival. It was prayer and witness, an offering before God that we were invited to share as brothers and sisters in Christ.”

America announces the Pope has ordered new review of missal translation [UPDATED]

“The new commission set up by Pope Francis will review this whole matter, together with the issue of inculturation and the question of what decentralization is desirable in matters relating to the liturgy.”

Liturgy Lines: Primary Liturgical Symbols

These symbols demand something from us and call us to deeper faith. They are not decorative accoutrements but are present to support our ritual prayer.