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Epiphany James

When I arrived at 10:30 Wednesday night, I called a Lyft ride to get from the airport to the hotel. James came to get me, a black man in a gray sedan. It’s a challenge to rideshare after 10 pm…

Leonardo Boff Interview: “Pope Francis is One of Us”

Pope Francis told Boff not to send the requested materials for Laudato Si’ directly to him, because Vatican underlings would grab it and it wouldn’t get to him.

When a Stranger Offends the Liturgical Aesthetic

“The service was over, but the ritual was not. Jim had unexpectedly entered the ritual space and interrupted the silence with his signs and voice. His soiled clothing was adding unwanted shades of grey to the color palate that was otherwise dominated by the hues of golden candlesticks, red marble pillars, velvety green banners, and warm brown pews. Plus, he was getting the ritual completely wrong. Unlike others in the space, he did not direct his petition to God. Instead, he was begging from the people around him.”

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Fiat Lux!

One year ago today, December 8, 2015, this striking light show on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, “Fiat Lux,” heightened our awareness of “our common home” earth (cf. Laudato Si’).

For the Life of the World

The program is viewed as not only being inspired by Eucharist, but as an extension of it to encompass the whole community.

Liturgy and Fortitude

Do we experience our liturgies as (re)empowering our fortitude to resist the temptation of hating the other and / or of responding to hate with hate? Or do our liturgies mask the ways in which we are complicit in generating and maintaining fear and hate in our world?

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September 1: World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

United with the Orthodox churches, the Roman Catholic church now marks this day in the calendar in a particular way, as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

2016 CTSA Proceedings: Reports on Sacraments & Liturgy

The annual convention theme was “Justice and Mercy,” while a couple of the sessions addressed topics in sacramental and liturgical theology. Here are links to the newly e-published Proceedings.

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Liturgy and Civic Strife

I invite readers to share their experiences of liturgies that did or did not address these large issues of our day.

A Prayer for Days of Terrorist Attacks, Mass-Shootings, and other Human-Made Catastrophes

Eternal, All-Compassionate God:
You are our help in ages past,
our hope for years to come,
our shelter from the stormy blast,
and our eternal home.