General Audience Catechesis – 31 January

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Having return from his apostolic journey to South America and then ‘reporting’ on that trip during last week’s General Audience, Pope Francis returns to his current catechetical series on matters liturgical… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue today with the catecheses on the Mass. After having reflected on the rites of introduction of […]

General Audience Catechesis – 10 January

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on matters liturgical during this week’s General Audience… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! In the course of the catecheses on the Eucharistic Celebration, we reflected on the Penitential Act that helps us to strip ourselves from our presumptions and to present ourselves to God as we really are, conscious […]

General Audience Catechesis – 3 January

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Pope Francis resumes his catechesis on matters liturgical in this week’s General Audience… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Taking up the catecheses on the Eucharistic Celebration, today we reflect, in the context of the rites of introduction, on the penitential act. In its sobriety, it fosters the attitude with which to dispose oneself to celebrate worthily […]

Magnum Principium and Liturgiam Authenticam

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A very good article on the Pray Tell blog from Bishop Brian Dunn, Bishop of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada, on the relationship between the recent motu proprio of Pope Francis, Magnum Principium, that significantly changed the rationale for the translation of liturgical texts that had been set in place by the document Liturgiam Authenticam, which was the former basis […]

General Audience Catechesis – 20 December

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Pope Francis continues his catechesis on matters liturgical in this week’s General Audience… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Today I would like to get to the heart of the Eucharistic Celebration. The Mass is made up of two parts, which are the Liturgy of the Word and the Eucharistic Liturgy, so closely joined between […]

General Audience Catechesis – 13 December

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In this week’s General Audience, Pope Francis returns to his catechetical theme on matters liturgical… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Taking up the series of catecheses on the Mass, today we ask ourselves: Why go to Mass on Sunday? The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is at the center of the life of the Church […]

Policing the Communion Line

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The intriguing title took me to the article below from Commonweal written by Cathleen Kaveny, who teaches law and theology at Boston College. The article is thought-provoking, largely I think because it invites the reader to (hopefully) consider the place of receiving communion in the spiritual and liturgical life of the Church: is it a reward […]

Beauty and Danger

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An interesting article, one of personal reflection, found its way in to my email inbox today from America magazine. It’s very title, “An ex-Catholic Quaker on the beauty (and danger) of the Latin Mass”, immediately caught my attention, and reading the reflection from Patrick Nugent ensured that my immediate attention was grounded in something much more […]

General Audience Catechesis – 22 November

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Continuing the presentation of the catechesis from Pope Francis from his weekly General Audience, currently speaking on matters liturgical… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Continuing with the catecheses on the Mass, we can ask ourselves: What is the Mass essentially? The Mass is the memorial of Christ’s Paschal Mystery. It makes us participants in His […]

General Audience Catechesis – 15 November

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We continue the presentation of the weekly catechesis from Pope Francis’ General Audience on matters liturgical… Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! We continue with the catecheses on the Holy Mass. To understand the beauty of the Eucharistic Celebration, I want to begin with a very simple aspect: the Mass is prayer, rather, it’s the […]