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Dreading new missal translation: What now?

November 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Mass

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Dear Father John, I am looking forward with dread for the new missal translation in our parish. Our priest doesn’t take the liturgy very seriously and, well, I don’t think it is going to be good. Can you provide some practical insight into how I should look at all of this and prepare my heart? I really care about how we honor Christ in Mass and already struggle a lot with the lack of reverence... Read More

Why Genuflect? Kneeling at Mass and Adoration

January 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Sacraments

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When a man is proud, he stands tall; his posture reflects his self-perception. When a good man (one who is not suffering with excessive pride) is in the presence of greatness, he knows to humble himself whether it be in posture or expression.  His instinct is to lower himself and he, in some way, knows to acknowledge the greatness before him and to adjust his heart, and height, downward.  The difficulty... Read More

How do I make Mass a more positive experience?

December 10, 2009 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass, Sacraments

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Q. Dear Father John, What is the difference between those who find Mass something to be endured and those who find it deeply nourishing, and what does my experience have to do with my own disposition? A. The short answer to this question is: don’t worry about your experience of Mass, just focus on the Mass. Read on for the long answer. Underlying this excellent question is a faulty premise: it assumes... Read More

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