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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience – and Where to Get One (I of III)

November 28, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

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The Need for a Liturgical Conscience—and Where to Get One (Part I of III)   Guitar choir or Gregorian Chant? Communion on the tongue or in the hand? Liturgical language that is elevated, formal, and Latinate—as in the present Roman Missal—or language more common, casual, and conversational—as in the former Sacramentary? Opinions on liturgical matters such as these differ, as with myriad... Read More

Dedication of Saint John Lateran

November 9, 2016 by  
Filed under Church, Feast Days, Liz Estler

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Feast of the Dedication of Saint John Lateran   Today we celebrate the feast of the dedication of the Archbasilica of Saint John Lateran in Rome. This anniversary has been observed on this date since the 12th century and is an important feast for the Church because Saint John Lateran is considered to be the mother church of all Christendom and is a sign of unity with, and devotion to, the Chair... Read More

Liturgical Prayer — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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Liturgical Prayer Presence of God – O Jesus, Head of the Mystical Body, grant that while praying with the Church, I may unite myself to Your prayer. MEDITATION A Christian is not isolated. As man, he belongs to the great human family; as one baptized, he is grafted onto Christ and becomes a member of His Mystical Body, the Church. A Christian is, at the same time, a child of God and a child of the... Read More

Mysticism and the Machine: Mysticism and Magisterium Part V

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Mysticism and the Machine Mysticism and Magisterium Series Part V The central truth running through this series of posts on “mysticism and magisterium” is the active and effective presence of Christ in the Church. This affirmation is not an abstraction, but a fact realized in all the circumstances of history. The Church is a person, not a thing and our relationship with “her” is sacramental,... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part IV of IV)

September 25, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part IV of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Part III looked at what it means to be prophet... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part III of IV)

September 24, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part III of IV) Editor’s Note: In Part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Part II considered our baptismal call to being priest, prophet and king by delving into what it means to be priest in the secular world and how parents carry that out within the family. Today, we will look at what it means to be... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part II of IV)

September 23, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part II of IV) Editor’s Note: In part I, we examined how the four marks of the Church apply to the family. Today, we begin to consider what being priest, prophet and king means by delving into what it means to be priest in the world and how parents carry that out within the family. What it Means to be Priest, Prophet and King in the... Read More

The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on Faith (Part I of IV)

September 22, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Domestic Church, Family, Family Life, Liz Estler

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The Family as Domestic Church: How She Hands on the Faith (Part I of IV) Editor’s Note:  As a nod to the World Meeting of Families, in this post we will look at how the family, as domestic Church, hands on the faith by living out her share of Christ’s office of priest, prophet and king, and by responding to the universal call to holiness.  Today we will introduce our topic and examine... Read More

Great Time to be Catholic: Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits US

September 21, 2015 by  
Filed under Church, Family, Pope, Teresa Tomeo

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It’s a Great Time to Be Catholic: Let’s Witness to Our Faith as Pope Visits U.S.   Editor’s Note: Today we welcome Teresa Tomeo to our site with her post urging us to witness to our faith, and the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit to the U.S. Many of you know her from her great work at EWTN and also from her own television and radio shows, books, speaking engagements... Read More

Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever (Mysticism and Magisterium: II/VI)

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Editor’s Note: This is Part II of the Mysticism and Magisterium Series. You can find Part I here. Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever Jesus Christ is the Lord of history because His is the last say. The Last Judgment is also the last word. But our Savior is Lord of history also for another reason. Christ is present in the world and particularly in the Church at every historical moment through... Read More

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