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A different St. Augustine

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I tweeted this morning a brief note about Augustine of Canterbury.  The optional memorial to celebrate this "other" St. Augustine is on the calendar for May 27.  As I read briefly about this St. Augustine it occurred to me that we have such a great blessing in the communion of... Read More

Constitution on the Liturgy- Chapter III

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
~~CHAPTER III THE OTHER SACRAMENTS AND THE SACRAMENTALS 59. The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, to build up the body of Christ, and, finally, to give worship to God; because they are signs they also instruct. They not only presuppose faith, but by words and objects they... Read More

Further Reflections on the Constitution on the Liturgy

Tuesday, April 01, 2014
~~CHAPTER II THE MOST SACRED MYSTERY OF THE EUCHARIST 47. At the Last Supper, on the night when He was betrayed, our Saviour instituted the eucharistic sacrifice of His Body and Blood. He did this in order to perpetuate the sacrifice of the Cross throughout the centuries until He should... Read More

Constitution Chapter I Section III

Saturday, March 29, 2014
~~III. The Reform of the Sacred Liturgy 21. In order that the Christian people may more certainly derive an abundance of graces from the sacred liturgy, holy Mother Church desires to undertake with great care a general restoration of the liturgy itself. For the liturgy is made up of immutable... Read More

Constitution Reflections Continued

Thursday, March 27, 2014
~~II. The Promotion of Liturgical Instruction and Active Participation 14. Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen... Read More

Reflections on the Constitution on the Liturgy

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
The following is the introduction and first section of Chapter I of the Constitution on the Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council.  I hope to periodically post sections from the Constitution with a few personal reflections.  The documents can be lengthy but they are rich with wonderful teachings that help... Read More

Saint Francis

Monday, March 17, 2014
I recently had the opportunity to visit the city of Saint Francis again.  Assisi is a beautiful place that seems to reverberate with the spirit of Saint Francis.  His message of poverty and simplicity is so important for us in todays busy and complex world.  He is a great patron... Read More

A Beautiful Image

Monday, February 24, 2014
In his most recent Exhortation Gaudium Evangelii Pope Francis encourages all Christians and especially priests to "Be joyful messengers of challenging proposals".  I believe this captures the attitude of discipleship that we should all have. The Gospel for yesterday, the Seventh Sunday of Ordinary Time offers Jesus admonition that we... Read More

Letter of St.James

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
During these days the daily readings have come from the letter of James.  We are all probably more familiar with Paul's letters to the various communities but the Letter of James presents some wonderfully practical food for our spiritual reflection.  Whether acknowledging the temptations that we all face or the... Read More

Saint Valentine's Day

Friday, February 14, 2014
Today I gave my staff a couple of hours off for Saint Valentine's Day and they were all extremely grateful. As I thought about it I realized that their gratitude is probably connected to how busy their lives are.   We all live a hectic pace with a lot of... Read More