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Who is the Center of Your Life?

Exploring the Source and Summit Christ should be the center of our daily lives.   The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) states that the Eucharist is “the source and summit of Christian Life” (CCC 1324 citing Lumen Gentium 11). First of all, Christ instituted the Eucharistic sacrifice at the Last Supper as He offered His Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity for the whole world. Christian spirituality flows from the... Read More

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?

March 27, 2017 by  
Filed under Church, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy

What Does it Mean to be In Choir?   Choir and Rood Screen in Albi Cathedral in France From time to time, in various spiritual writings and elsewhere, I’ve come across the term “choir” and it seems like it has nothing to do with music, which is what I associate it with. I think it might have something to do with Mass, perhaps where it is said?, but I’m not exactly sure what. Is it used in certain settings? Could you... Read More

Need for Liturgical Conscience: Where to Get One (3/3)

December 19, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience — and Where to Get One Part III of III Editor's Note: In Part I, Christopher Carstens introduced the idea that we need to develop a liturgical conscience. In Part II, he described the first five on the “10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life”. Today, he will examine commandments six through ten. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life (continued)   6. The Liturgy Announces... Read More

Need for Liturgical Conscience: Where to Get One (2/3)

December 5, 2016 by  
Filed under Christopher Carstens, Church, Liturgy

The Need for a Liturgical Conscience and Where to Get One Part II of III Editor's Note: In Part I, Mr. Carstens introduced the concept of a liturgical conscience. In part II today, he will begin explicating the first five of the ten commandments of liturgical life. 10 Commandments of the Liturgical Life Here are 10 principles to form the liturgical conscience. Perhaps there are more; maybe there are fewer. Undoubtedly they could... Read More

Need for Liturgical Conscience: Where to Get One (1/3)

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

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 other liturgical elements –... Read More

Dedication of Saint John Lateran

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

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 of Peter. To honor this celebration,... Read More

Prosecuting the Pope

September 22, 2016 by  
Filed under Allison Ricciardi, Church Authority, God's Will, Pope

Prosecuting the Pope   My husband is a very smart man. Whenever I come up with a new idea (aka hairbrained scheme) he asks me his trademark question: What’s the upside? It makes me think. Applying this question never seems to fail. Sure, with anything we consider we need to think about the pitfalls as well, but if there is no discernible or demonstrable upside, then we probably shouldn’t waste our time considering it to... Read More

God’s Not Mean so Hell’s Not Possible

God’s Not Mean So Hell’s Not Possible   I had a conversation recently with a good and intelligent person who began by saying he didn’t believe in hell or the devil. The upshot of it was this: that God is good and forgiving and would never condemn anyone to unending suffering. He just wouldn’t do that. That would be mean and God can’t be mean. What he expressed, on one hand, was actually a beautiful statement of faith... Read More

Liturgical Prayer — Divine Intimacy Meditation

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 Church; it is precisely in... Read More

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II)

April 18, 2016 by  
Filed under Church Teaching, Death and Dying, Fr. Bartunek

Responding to Assisted Suicide Issues (Part II of II) Editor's Note: In part one, we talked about the suffering of innocents and whether or not it is possible to win all arguments. Today, we will look reflect on the sacredness of human life and the meaning in suffering. Here is the question we are examining: Dear Fr. Bartunek, as usual, your reflections are quite helpful and I often share your wisdom with others. However, I have... Read More

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