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Archive for category Sacramental Theology

Are you willing to help?

All in attendance have a stake in the past, present, and future of God’s history with those to whom the church directs its sacramental ministry.

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Liturgy Lines: Blessings

It is an invocation upon a person, thing or event asking that it will become a sign, a sign of God’s goodness. When we bless another person we invoke divine help upon them; we pray that they may be placed under God’s loving care.

On science and the sacred

What does dust have to do with the sacramental world of the liturgy? Maybe science can tell us.
If scientific language feels irreverent and laughable in our prayer, it might be because it isn’t our native language as it is the scientists of the Vatican Observatory. But then we have a problem….

Wedding and the Liturgy of the Hours

How a liturgist celebrated his wedding within the Liturgy of the Hours, and why this might be a quite good idea.

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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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Confirmation, Faith, and Emil Nolde’s “Pentecost”

Sometimes we forget the many languages spoken at Pentecost and expect a common sacramental experience/formula in our pastoral approach to Confirmation. Nolde offers us an artistic corrective.

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There Is a Lot Behind

The Coptic Church selects its pope by lot. What does that mean for the elected, the non-elected, and the electors?

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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.

Auxiliary bishops and why they are (not) needed

The existence of auxiliary bishops in the Catholic Church is comprehensible, but not very helpful for the theology of episcopacy according to the Second Vatican Council.

Viewpoint: Recovering the Notion of Original Sin

The transition from the Sin of Adam to the Grace of Christ is not a matter of a few minutes of ritual.