I am a professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, assigned to Corpus Christi parish.

Liturgical (Reform of the) Reform and “Neighborhood People”

Liturgical “neighborhood people” are those who love the liturgy they grew up with and are attached to it not for the richness of its theology or the beauty of its words or music or vestments or architecture, but simply because it is theirs, and has been theirs through moments of great sorrow and moments of great joy, marking milestones in their lives and recalling for them the presence of God at those milestones.

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Ars Praedicandi: The Reckless Shepherd and Remembering 9/11/2001

Jesus begins his parable with a question: “What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?” In fact nobody with an ounce of shepherding sense would leave ninety-nine sheep alone in the desert in order to look for a single missing one. Even the most basic form of risk assessment would tell you that this is a very, very, very bad idea.

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