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Archive for category Pastoral Theology

Is It a Mortal Sin to Miss Sunday Mass?

Are you required to go every Sunday?

Non solum: Priest Has to Leave Mass Early to Get to His Next Mass

As the number of priests in our diocese continues to shrink, there are times when the priest leaves through the sacristy before the last song,

Liturgy Lines: Aspects of Lent

As we remember the sufferings of Jesus, we are led into the celebration of Christ’s victory over death and into the renewal of our commitment to the life of faith at the Easter sacraments.

Viewpoint: Multicultural Ministry Needs a New Perspective

The newer ethnic and immigrant communities are not the problem; mainstream U.S. Catholic culture is…

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.