Category Archives: Liturgy

St. Paul and the Road to Damascus in Each of Us

I’m a first-time RCIA sponsor at my parish – God help it and me – and this was the week that the catechumens and candidates stood up and told us their stories of conversion, reversion or completion. Several tales had to do with marrying a Catholic spouse and eventually wanting to be part of the [...]

Prayer for Putting Christmas Decorations Away

For many Catholics, today (or next week, the Baptism of the Lord, or Candlemas Feb. 2) is the day to take down Christmas decorations. Here’s a prayer to say to make it more meaningful: “Lord Jesus, today we will put all of our Christmas decorations away. Soon, we will enter into Ordinary Time. “Our house will [...]

31 Things You Thought About During Sunday Mass But Won’t Admit

  1.  Got to church on time…all settled in the pew before the opening hymn starts…kids all fully clothed and sitting still…can I get a plenary indulgence or something?     2.  Oh good, I secretly love this song.     3.  Okay, whose here?  There are the Growskis…there are the Taylors…l00ks like the Kellys [...]

Five Disappointing Things About Advent

Advent must have been something great back in the day. The sober, quiet calm before the storm of Christmas cheer. A time to hole up and gather energy for the Christmas feast. It is not so anymore. 1. The music is disappointing. Imagine if, on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and all the days between, [...]

Mass Confusion: Liturgy – What Difference Does it Make?

I’ve been reading through the lively discussion under my last post about laity assuming the orans prayer posture during Mass. In it, I laid out arguments surrounding the topic from the points of view of the USCCB, the liturgical rubrics (a k a the Vatican), a canon lawyer, a priest and a Catholic apologist. The [...]

Mass Confusion: Orans Is the New Black?

In the course of my reversion to the Faith, I had to re-educate myself about what went on at Mass. So, long before I ever sat again in a pew, one way I did that was to watch the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word celebrate Mass on EWTN on Sunday mornings. As anyone who’s [...]

Mass in Middle Earth

I love my parish. Among other things, the liturgy is reverent and its music is truly beautiful. But I don’t usually appreciate these local blessings until I travel. Last weekend I visited Colorado. Since I needed to fly back home early Sunday morning, my friend and I caught a Saturday vigil Mass. The priest was [...]

Bringing Back Reverence in the Liturgy

The church’s pastoral ministry cannot be obsessed with the transmission of a disjointed multitude of doctrines to be imposed insistently. Proclamation in a missionary style focuses on the essentials, on the necessary things: this is also what fascinates and attracts more, what makes the heart burn, as it did for the disciples at Emmaus. We have [...]

VIDEO: Priest to IRS-You Can’t Stop Us

Today is the first day of the Fortnight for Freedom, and a great day for priests to remember: The Constitution doesn’t say you can’t say what you want from the pulpit. In fact, the Constitution says you can’t be silenced at your pulpit. A friend sent this excellent “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” homily by Father Andrew [...]

Want to Travel in Time? Go To Mass!

If you’re like me, fans of the Doctor Who series on the BBC have been filling your Facebook timeline with speculation about who will be the next eponymous “Doctor” in the series. If you’re like me, you also have no clue why this should matter, because you have never seen the show. Apparently the show [...]


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