Category: Catechesis

You Snooze, You Lose
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You Snooze, You Lose

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Have you ever had one of those days when you just wish God would show up, snap his fingers and work miracles?  The people of Israel had about 500 years worth of days like that, groaning under the oppression of one tyrant after another.  The book of Isaiah gives voice to these sentiments: “O that […]

The New Roman Missal: The Mystery of Eucharist Union
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The New Roman Missal: The Mystery of Eucharist Union

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Bride and Bridegroom Beautiful changes have been made to the translation of the prayer that comes shortly before Holy Communion is distributed. Since Vatican II, the priest has said, “Happy are those who are called to His supper” as he held up the Eucharist. The new translation is more poetic and better fits the solemnity […]

Christ the King & Last Judgment
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Christ the King & Last Judgment

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On the final Sunday in the liturgical year, it is time to remember things that we’d prefer to forget. For starters, we recall that there is an infinite qualitative difference between God and us. He is immortal and infinite. We are not. Each one of us will come to our individual end. But so will […]

Co-Redemptrix? Thinking Critically About Mary
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Co-Redemptrix? Thinking Critically About Mary

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I have great love for Mary of Nazareth, the God-bearer, whose womb housed Divine Wisdom. Given my tender feelings, I undertake this article with hesitation, lest I should appear hostile. Nothing would upset me more than to dishonor our Lady, whose submission allowed the Eternal Logos to assume man’s frail flesh. Nevertheless, I feel compelled […]

A Coffee Break with Mother Teresa and Blessed John Paul II
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A Coffee Break with Mother Teresa and Blessed John Paul II

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I am not a coffee drinker; my mother on the other hand, having grown up in New Orleans, would gulp down ten to twelve cups a day. But not me. So what do I do on my coffee break? I indulge in a quick read here at Catholic Lane or on my other favorite Catholic […]

The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood
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The New Roman Missal: There Will Be Blood

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“For all” to “for many” Of all the changes in the new translation, two small words used by the priest at the consecration are evoking the most questions.  Those two words are “for many.” Currently, the priest refers to Jesus’ blood as having redemptive value “for all”: “This is the cup of My blood, the […]

The New Roman Missal: Focus on Christology
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The New Roman Missal: Focus on Christology

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From “We believe” to “I believe” Can a one-letter word really make a great difference?  In the case of the revised translation of the Nicene Creed in the new Roman Missal, the answer is emphatically, “Yes!” Instead of starting the Creed by saying, “We believe in one God…” we will begin by saying, “I believe […]

The Parable of the Talents
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The Parable of the Talents

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I’ve seen it time and time again. Someone decides to seek a better paying job, or pursue an investment strategy, or launch a new business. Invariably some pious person in the parish objects that maybe this is too worldly, that it will be a distraction from Church and family priorities, that one should be satisfied […]

The Revised Roman Missal: Mission, not Maintenance
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The Revised Roman Missal: Mission, not Maintenance

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“Go in peace, glorifying the Lord by your life.”   This is one of four forms of dismissal to be used at the conclusion of the Mass, according to the revised Roman Missal.  Every moment of our lives is an opportunity to glorify God using the talents we receive in the Eucharist.  “Let everything that lives […]

The New Roman Missal: The Confiteor and the Gloria
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The New Roman Missal: The Confiteor and the Gloria

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In the prayer known as the Confiteor (which begins, “I confess to almighty God…”), the new translation cultivates a more humble, sorrowful attitude toward God as we confess our sins and accept responsibility for our wrongdoings.  Instead of simply saying, “I have sinned through my own fault,” as was done in the old translation, we […]

Ark of Grace Ch. 8, Was Mary Rebuked by Jesus?
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Ark of Grace Ch. 8, Was Mary Rebuked by Jesus?

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Chapter 8 Was Mary Rebuked by Jesus? Those who read the Holy Scriptures without any knowledge of biblical languages, sometimes fall into serious misinterpretations of the text. One good example of such misunderstandings is “Jesus’ rebuke of Mary” at the time of the wedding in Cana of Galilee. Was Jesus ever disrespectful of his mother? […]

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Ten Good Reasons to Get Excited About the New (Revised, that is) Mass

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It’s almost here!  The new Mass — from the revised Roman Missal — is coming November 27, so we should not just get prepared but excited too.  I do admit, however, that I have a preference to stick with what I already know.  For instance, every new computer program and most of the technology in my world, […]

The New Roman Missal: "And with Your Spirit"
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The New Roman Missal: “And with Your Spirit”

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Catholics are very familiar with the parts of the Mass—perhaps too familiar. Sunday after Sunday, we recite certain words such as, “Amen…Thanks be to God…Alleluia…Holy, Holy, Holy Lord….”  These words are so ingrained that we often say them robotically, out of simple routine. Indeed, if someone poked us in the middle of the night and […]

Foolish and Wise Bridesmaids
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Foolish and Wise Bridesmaids

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“The religion thing can wait. After all, I believe in God and am basically a good person. I really did intend to go to church this morning, but last night’s dancing took a lot more out of me than I thought and I had one drink too many. I’ll catch it next week. I’ll pray […]

Memoirs of the Apostle II: The Second Epistle of Saint Peter
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Memoirs of the Apostle II: The Second Epistle of Saint Peter

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The Second Epistle of Saint Peter is the twenty-second book of the New Testament and included in the collection known as the Catholic or universal epistles.  The author claims to be Simon Peter, apostle of Jesus, an eyewitness to the transfiguration, and a dear brother of the Apostle Paul.  Second Peter is as immeasurable as […]

The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 4
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The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 4

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We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into the sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Glorious Mysteries. 1. The Resurrection of the Lord And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day […]

The Pharisees’ Pride
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The Pharisees’ Pride

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A hundred and fifty years before Christ, they were the good guys.  The Greeks were in charge and decided that, if they were to unify their kingdom politically, they needed to unify it religiously.  So they imposed Greek ways on the Jews, including worshiping idols and eating pork.  You can read about the Jew’s military […]

No Mere Book: The Revised Roman Missal and Renewal for the American Church
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No Mere Book: The Revised Roman Missal and Renewal for the American Church

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The call came after vespers.  They had arrived.  UPS confirmed delivery with a “quantum email.”  Shouldn’t I go to the office and pick them up right now?  No, I decided.  Not tonight.  Wait until morning and relish the delicious anticipation, like a kid waiting until morning to see what Santa Claus left beneath the Christmas […]

Teaching Through the Senses
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Teaching Through the Senses

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[U]ntil we account for the knowledge which an infant has of his mother . . ., what reason have we to take exception at the doctrine, as strange and difficult, that in the dictate of conscience, without previous experiences or analogical reasoning, he is able gradually to perceive the voice, or the echoes of the […]

The Radical Rabbi and the Great Commandment
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The Radical Rabbi and the Great Commandment

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They are at it again.  In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus’ opponents enlist a lawyer to do what lawyers do best- ask a question that puts a person on the hot seat.  “Which commandment of the law is the greatest?” (Matthew 22:34-40).  If the law consisted in only the Ten Commandments, this would be tough enough.  […]

The Difference Respect for Human Dignity Makes
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The Difference Respect for Human Dignity Makes

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As many of you have already witnessed the disturbing video of a young Chinese girl involved in a hit and run and seemingly ignored by the whole world as she lay on the street with life-threatening injuries, it prompts the question: do we truly see ourselves as children of God? If you were to pose […]

The Word of God Takes Root in Thessalonica
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The Word of God Takes Root in Thessalonica

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“For our gospel did not come to you in word alone but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with much conviction” (1 Thess 1:5). In ancient times the city of Thessalonica was an important trade city situated along the Via Egnatia, the Roman Empire’s major east-west thoroughfare, running from Byzantium to the […]

The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 3
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The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 3

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We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Sorrowful Mysteries 1. The Agony in the Garden And going out, he went, according to his custom, to the Mount of Olives. And his disciples […]

Render to Caesar
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Render to Caesar

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Despite their flattering words, they were trying to trap him, to force him into a no win situation. Consider the circumstances.  They are living under the iron boot of a brutal empire which filled the earth with its idolatry.  Patriotic Jews longed to throw off the tyrants’ yoke.  They prayed for an anointed king who […]

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