God does not always intervene to resolve terrible experiences; rather he gives the strength to live through them with profound faith in the indestructible glory of the kingdom of heaven.
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Book Review: Hermeneutics of Hymnody: A Comprehensive and Integrated Approach to Understanding Hymns
This book arises from the tension between the need for an interdisciplinary study of hymnody and the difficulty language has in expressing a polyphonic valence.
My “gap” in Marian knowledge reflects perhaps a wider trend for Catholics whose subconsciouses were formed not during the heyday of Marian piety in the 1950s, but in the post-Conciliar decades of the 1970s and 1980s.
For readers whose assumptions and understandings of the development of the papacy are largely formed by the long-lived residue of Whig historiography – in my experience, that includes the vast majority of American (very much including American Catholic) people – Peter Heather’s work represents a relatively accessible and interesting door to perspectives opened by newer generations of scholarship.
My New Book: Donna M. Eschenauer; First Communion Liturgies: Preparing First-Class First Celebrations
The chapters of the book are an attempt to “stir up” a deeper consciousness regarding how we prepare and celebrate First Communion. Many “out of place” practices or so-called “adaptations,” have taught over two generations that these “adaptations” are acceptable and these are what make the day a special event.
“I try to take Mary out of the box we’ve put her in to make her relevant to the issues we face today. We need to take Mary down off of her “meek and mild” pedestal and bring her into the streets where she causes Gospel trouble as she disrupts those things in our world that need disrupting.”
My New Book: Rhodora Beaton; Illuminating Unity: Four Perspectives on Dei Verbum’s “One Table of the Word of God and the Body of Christ”
The Liturgy of the Word and Liturgy of the Eucharist should be seen as a united whole.
Kudos to the WLP hymnal committee for providing the church with so worthy a “worship aid” as One in Faith. The book presents today’s congregations with a mature guide into a distant future.
I pretty much remember only one thing from undergrad sociology: the professor’s statement that both an urban slum and a suburban country club are examples of ghettos. – Alan Hommerding