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Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Trinity Sunday – We might want to get this one right

The Catechism of the Catholic Church 234 says that the doctrine of the Most Holy Trinity is the “central mystery of Christ faith and life.  It is the mystery of God in Himself.” We might want to get this one right. The other mysteries of our faith revolve around what God does and has done. …

Diebus Saltem Dominicis: Octave of Easter – Forearmed is forewarned

“Happy Easter”, we still say 7-day week afterward because, liturgically speaking, it has still been Easter Sunday during this Octave.  A liturgical Octave is an eight-day arc that vibrates in anticipation of the “eighth day” of eternal rest beyond the 7-day cycle of creation.  We stop the liturgical clock so that we can rest in…

Spiritual Works of Mercy: A Contemporary Retelling of Matthew 25:31–46

The twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew is surely one of the most rousing of all chapters in the New Testament. It has shocked into spiritual wakefulness unnumbered Christians down through the centuries; it has inspired the art of church doors and altar pieces from one end of Christendom to the other; it has prompted a never-ending…

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The Old Evangelization: 5 Steps to Renew a Parish

Last week I wrote an article criticizing the Protestant character of some “New Evangelization” programs. I gave a few brief suggestions for true Catholic evangelization, and a number of people contacted me subsequently requesting more practical suggestions. In terms of one-on-one evangelization, I’ve written a book on the subject; here I’d like to share a…

Bold and Terrible Commerce: The Mass, and Those Privileged to Pray It

Editor’s note: This article is Part II of a series. For Part I, click here. The traditional Mass can be compared to a tournament. At the beginning of a High Mass, the priest (knight) processes in with the deacon and sub-deacon (squires) and all the acolytes, torchbearers, and other servers (pages). The priest is arrayed…

Bold and Terrible Commerce: A Meditation on Why to Become a Priest

Photo credit: Paweł Kula Editor’s note: This article is Part I of a two-part series. For Part II, click here. Author’s note: This article dwells particularly on the vocation to the priestly life. For the most part, the things said about the priesthood are also applicable to the religious life in general. Also, even though about…

Nonverbal Interaction: Another Take on Why Women Can’t Be Priests

Editor’s note: The following is an essay from Dr. Gintautas Vaitoska, lecturer for psychology and religion at the International Theological Institute in Trumau, Austria. He has taught at Kaunas Vytautas Magnus University and St. Joseph Seminary, Vilnius, Lithuania, and has done extensive work with pre-Cana programs, marriage counseling, and chastity education. Nonverbal communication has always been…

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