I am a professor of Theology at Loyola University Maryland and a permanent deacon of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, assigned to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

Another Christmas Day Homily

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to preach on Christmas day, so I took advantage of this to preach on John 1. In fact, I used it as an opportunity to preach on how we might think of this text in connection with the Christmas story. No one rose up; no one smote me; no one even said, “Why didn’t you read the Christmas story?” In fact, a couple of people said they liked the homily.

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Liturgical Language, Divine Mystery and the Demands of the Gospel

My impression, based on spending far too much time on the Internet, is that one of the arguments people make in favor both of Latin and of the forthcoming new English translation of the Mass is that the elevated, complex or just plain obscure nature of these linguistic forms is somehow better suited that plainer vernacular language for conveying a sense of “mystery” that is appropriate to the sacred liturgy.

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