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Archive for category Pastoral Theology

Viewpoint: What Does it Mean to Say that Jesus “Descended Into Hell”?

The Catechism situates Jesus’ descent into hell in a larger context…. Jesus, like all men, experienced death and in his soul joined the others in the realm of the dead.

Liturgy Lines: What’s Special about Matthew?

Matthew’s gospel begins with the reassurance that Jesus has come to be with us, and concludes with Christ’s promise to remain with us until the end of time.

Anointing of the Sick and Consumerism

Last fall, I offered a reflection on anointing of the sick. Here, I follow up with some additional reflection on anointing in a secularized society characterized by consumerism.

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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 […]

Liturgy: Small is Beautiful

This is an attempt to look again at the too-regularly forgotten value of small, local Christian communities where the pastor IS pastor to the faith community, leads, teaches, and preaches to their actual context.

Liturgy Lines: Liturgical New Year Resolutions

…Perhaps this might be a good time for us to make some liturgical new year resolutions too.

Liturgy Lines: Do We Really Know What We Are Doing?

The connection between sacrifice and communion is broken and confusion between altar and tabernacle reinforced when the faithful are fed week after week from the tabernacle and not from what was consecrated on the altar at the Mass being celebrated.

Liturgy Lines: Communal Reconciliation: The Second Rite

Such poor celebrations turn people away and deprive them of a wonderful opportunity to experience communal reconciliation which “shows more clearly the communal nature of penance”

Breaking Up Is The Thing To Do

…today’s admonition from the pulpit to vote for the candidate who will ensure, among other things, marriage between one man and one woman, prayer in public schools and keeping Christ in Christmas. Really?

One Priest, One Altar, One Church, One Eucharist

How is it different for a priest to preside at Eucharist, concelebrate, or participate with the other baptized?