Matovina on Latino transformation of US Catholicism

Many Euro-American Catholics have emphasized liturgical reform, the role of the laity, dissent or obedience to sexual ethics teaching, the proper exercise of authority, who is called to ordination. Latinos have been more inclined to accentuate funding for youth initiatives, outreach efforts, and leadership training and formation programs, an increase in Spanish Masses, celebrations of Latino feast days, immigration reform, and culturally sensitive formation programs for seminarians.

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Carpe Kairos

I love Glennon Melton’s use of theological language to talk about the experience of parenting, and I also think it’s relevant to my experiences of liturgy. Last semester in one of my classes we discussed the fact that liturgical discipline includes worshiping when we’re not worshipful, in hope that (to use Glennon’s words) kairos will explode out of our ordinary experience of chronos.

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Huffington Post on sacred music

Don’t play alone. Come together. Listen to one another. Maintain your own characteristics in the common search for the best expression. Those are the basic rules for living in harmony — an ideal for society that is rehearsed in our churches every Sunday, and never more so than when we come together as a community to pray through sacred song.

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