Tag Archives: Beauty

The Silence of God

Has God ever seemed silent — even absent — to you? While so much that would seem to call for his intervention is happening around you? At an audience in Loreto, Italy in 2007, Pope Benedict XVI was asked by … Continue reading

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The Churching of Women

Today, after our solemn Mass, a nice family that was visiting asked me if I would give the “Blessing of a Woman after Childbirth” from the traditional (1962) Roman Ritual — also known as “the churching of women”. Read the … Continue reading

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Home Chapels

I posted almost two years ago to the day on the topic of home chapels: see the post, Having a Home Chapel. For those who have the space and the creativity, it’s a wonderful way to honor the Lord in one’s home … Continue reading

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The Options That Divide Us

There can be rather drastic liturgical differences between parishes — most of us have experienced this. Some of us have chosen to attend a parish precisely because of the way it “does liturgy”. But does that necessarily mean that the … Continue reading

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Sanctifying Holy Days of Obligation

Last November 1, I posted a blog about work on Holy Days of Obligation. Since we have a Holy Day this week — the Solemnity of the Assumption — I again want to direct people to that post and encourage them to … Continue reading

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Nuns Need Help

About this time each year I receive a letter from the good cloistered Dominican nuns in Marbury, AL — a tiny town with a small monastery of faithful sisters who pray in a hidden and quiet way for us and … Continue reading

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High Altars and Side Altars: A Matter of Justice

During and following the Second Vatican Council there was an almost-frenetic push to remove or drastically alter the high altars and, as the case may be, side altars in many churches. No authoritative Church document ever called for their removal … Continue reading

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Corpus Christi 2019

Happy Feast Day! Sion, lift thy voice and sing; Praise thy Savior and thy King; Praise with hymns thy Shepherd true. Strive thy best to praise Him well, Yet doth He all praise excel; None can ever reach His due. … Continue reading

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The World-Famous Passion Play in Oberammergau

In August of 2020 I am leading a 10-day trip through Central Europe to, among other things, see the world-famous Passion Play in Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany. The Passion Play has taken place there since the early 17th century, when locals … Continue reading

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The Ornamentation of Albs

This past Sunday at one of the Masses I wore the alb (white robe worn under the priestly vestments, over street clothes) pictured in the photo above, with red “IHS” embroidery around the bottom. I was a bit surprised by … Continue reading

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Rose Petals on Pentecost

This past Sunday, June 9 — Pentecost — we had our second annual “Shower of Rose Petals” in my parish at the conclusion of our 11am Solemn Mass. This custom picks up on the rather ancient tradition at the Pantheon … Continue reading

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Gestures during the Gloria

Continuing a theme I’ve recently been addressing here, we may consider other ways that the richness of our Catholic liturgical tradition as handed down to us in the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy may be brought to bear on our … Continue reading

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