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The Prayer Without Ceasing: Part 20 Mini-Course on Prayer

November 15, 2018 by  
Filed under David Torkington, FEATURED, Mass, Mass, The Mass

MINI-COURSE ON PRAYER SECTION 2  CHRISTIAN MEDITATION Part 20 – The Prayer Without Ceasing Editor's Note: in part 19, David Torkington discussed the importance of short, fervent prayers said throughout the day.  Today he reminds us of the centrality of that perfect prayer:  The Holy Mass, and our prayerful participation in it. The morning offering and its implementation, with which we should always begin our day, is not... Read More

The Stillness and Silence of Mass

January 24, 2018 by  
Filed under Books, Charlie McKinney, Liturgy, Mass, Prayer, Silence

When Holy Mass is properly celebrated there are moments in which the voices of both priest and faithful become silent. The priest continues to officiate as the rubrics indicate, speaking very softly or refraining from vocal prayer; the congregation follows in watchful, prayerful participation. What do these intervals of quiet signify? What must we do with them? What does stillness really imply? It implies above all that speech... Read More

St Hildegard of Bingen on Receiving Holy Communion

May 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Anthony Lilles, Liturgy, Mass, Penance/Confession

At the center of the spiritual life is the real presence of Christ Jesus given to us in the Eucharistic worship He instituted for our sake.  Saint Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, reminds us of the proper disposition we must maintain throughout our worship.  It is a disposition of quaerere Deum, a reverent and intense seeking of God in love that takes us beyond the limit of what we can grasp by ourselves.  It is not... Read More

Distractions at Mass – Part II of II

December 15, 2012 by  
Filed under Fr. Bartunek, Mass

Dear Father John, I hate to admit this, but I still get distracted at Mass. I mean, I love Mass! I go almost every day! I believe in it, I look forward to it… But I still get distracted during Mass. I really wish I didn’t – I want to worship God perfectly, like we’re supposed to. Can you help me? In our first post on this topic, we discussed distractions during Mass. Fr. John gave reflections on the mystery of the... Read More

Who Can Receive Holy Communion?

May 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Eucharist/Mass, Fr. Bartunek, Liturgy, Mass

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Dear Father John, It is my understanding that only Catholics who are in the state of grace may receive Holy Communion. I know that only God really knows the state of a person's soul. I am also aware that there have been hurts inflicted by very fallible and imperfect members of the Church that may prevent a person from fully and outwardly embracing the Church. If a person is not a member of the Catholic Church, but believes that... Read More

Finding the Truth about Liturgy

February 7, 2012 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Resources

Dear Friends, You wouldn't know it by the content of this site, but I love the liturgy of the Church. I have prayed the Liturgy of the Hours since becoming Catholic. I am often mesmerized by every movement at Mass. I love the rhythm of the Church – the music – the seasons – the feasts – the solemnities. I am moved by the thought that as I engage in the liturgy I am engaging with billions of people both inside... Read More

Dreading new missal translation: What now?

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

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 that I see. First of all, for any... Read More

New Roman Missal Translation In a Nutshell

November 12, 2011 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Liturgy, Mass, Roman Missal, Videos

New Roman Missal Translation in a Nutshell New Roman Missal Translation: Just to be clear, when I say in a “Nutshell,” I am not calling Mark Hart a “nut.” Mark is one of the best modern communicators of our faith. This video is by far the best summary I have seen on the new translation. It was created for teens but the humorous approach should make this interesting for anyone. If you like it, pass this post... Read More

Why Genuflect? Kneeling at Mass and Adoration

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

Why Genuflect? 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 with modern... Read More

How do I make Mass a more positive experience?

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

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 that “something to be... Read More