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”
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Today, at a time when it is easy to forget that Christ is coming—and easy to be complacent in our spiritual lives and in the work of evangelization…
How is it different for a priest to preside at Eucharist, concelebrate, or participate with the other baptized?
Unfortunately, like the presidential debate, we cannot afford the luxury of apathy.
Part I – The Deaf Experience
The prayer offered at the Democratic Convention by the Rev. Dr. Cynthia L. Hale, in a perhaps odd way, put me in mind of some of the things that get said in the debate over the orientation of the priest in the celebration of the Eucharist.
How does one preside over a special liturgy of penitence in response to clergy sexual abuse when one is a local bishop?
I felt reduced to a mere spectator, watching the priest dignify the objects of bread and wine and candle–symbols of the risen crucified one, indeed–but seemingly blind to the dignity of the baptized assembled for the great offering of praise and thanksgiving.
Nothing remarkable there; indeed, the sort of things that liturgists have talked about both informally and formally during the past 50 years.
I cannot write in this column about everything that comes across my desk. Even if I could, not everything would fill a complete column, but some things deserve a mention.