In his book The Long Dark Winter’s Night: Reflections of a Priest in a Time of Pain and Privilege, Father Philip Bergquist, formerly of St. Raphael Catholic Church in Fairbanks, Alaska, uses the metaphor of living through the long Alaskan winter to describe his own struggles with the crisis gripping the Roman Catholic church over the sexual abuse committed by priests and the reactions of bishops to that abuse. Theologically, it is a liturgical treatise on Good Friday, filled with stories and reflections about how a Church Grieving meets its suffering Savior at the foot of the cross, “where heaven’s hope and humanity’s wounds meet.”
Archive for category Recently Published Books
Book Review: Same Call, Different Men: The Evolution of the Priesthood Since Vatican II by Mary L. Gautier, Paul M. Perl, & Stephen J. Fichter
Why the very high level of morale among priests?
by James E. Frazier
“GIA has successfully kept in touch with the evolution of liturgical music since Vatican II, monitored the changing temper of the musical times, and in its latest volume, despite its faults, the company’s Worship–Fourth Edition presents a mature proposal for a liturgical music that is worthy of the church and its future.”
Read Chapter 1 of Thomas Rausch, SJ’s new book Eschatology, Liturgy, and Christology: Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination.
Stay tuned for future giveaways from Liturgical Press and Pray Tell.
Inspired by our successful drawing last week, we’re giving away five copies of another great new book this week: Eschatology, Liturgy, and Christology: Toward Recovering an Eschatological Imagination, by Thomas P. Rausch, SJ.
“When anyone reviews the litany of recent church scandals, missteps, mistakes and public relation blunders, must that person not stop a moment and ask, “Is the Holy Spirit really guiding the church today?” My answer is: Of course!” – Br. Louis DeThomasis, FSC, president of Christian Brothers Investment Services
Charles Rohrbacher, a deacon and iconographer from Alaska, was preparing to sing the exsultet at an Easter Vigil four years ago, when he looked down at his photocopied text and thought to himself “We can do better than this.”
Here’s a book for Lent. And the authors are inviting people to share their Lenten stories at their website.
“I warmed to the practical, pastoral tone I read as early as the second page of text: ‘A fully sung liturgy is a praiseworthy ideal, but its implementation calls for prudence and pastoral sensitivity. The chants of the liturgy are sung when it is possible in a given pastoral situation, when the participants are blessed with the resources to do so well, and when it is judged that this will truly glorify God and sanctify the worshippers.’” – John Ainslie
I think it will become the text on the subject.