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Archive for category Social Justice

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.

Out of the mouths of babes

My point here is that I originally considered the children’s questions about prison food to be a distraction from the “important” points of the class. In fact, however, their questions had deeper implications that I did not recognize.

A modern-day Litany of Martyrs

Her imprint, Wondaland Records, released a song in 2015 that I can only call a “litany of martyrs.” Not so much a tribute to Black Lives Matter as a tributary of that movement, it turns the formula and slogan “Say his name! … Say her name!” into a litanic refrain…

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Daniel Berrigan’s funeral

Daniel Berrigan, poet, peace activist, and Jesuit priest, died on April 30, 2016, at the age of 94. He was buried from the Church of St. Francis Xavier in New York last Friday. Here are some notes on the liturgy.

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Is Charity Part of the Leitourgia?

“The link between religious liturgy and the social leitourgia that cares for the poor body is part of the Christian liturgy from the very earliest texts…”

Non Solum: Electronic Giving and the Collection

What has been your experience of electronic giving? How does it affect the liturgy, specifically the collection?

Something serious on April Fool’s Day

God was the only father Josh Bishop ever knew, and that knowledge came only after a childhood of violence and drug abuse led him to death row.