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Archive for category Social Justice

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.

The glory of God is the human being fully alive

How have you talked or written about the promotion of human well-being as worship of God?

Penitential Rite Praxis

OK, I’m really not trying to engage in “liturgy shaming,” but I do think that this video of the penitential rite from the LA Religious Education Congress does raise some questions concerning proper liturgical praxis

Pope Francis’s Real Presences

Pope Francis’s presence at the Mexican-U.S. border, and especially his way of highlighting the plight of migrants, was rich in symbolism.  And yes, with that it also spoke volumes against certain politicians’ derogatory words about migrants.  But almost more intriguing for me were the recalibrations of “presence” that were taking place during Pope Francis’s visit […]

Pope Francis at Mass with indigenous peoples in Chiapas

Yes, local indigenous languages were used in the liturgy; and the Pope even began and ended his sermon by quoting from psalm 19 in an indigenous language. He went one step further in quoting from the Popol Vuh, the Mayan creation myth, and expressing appreciation for indigenous wisdom, especially with regard to nature and the […]