Open thread: blessing for a cadaver??

Here’s a new one on me.  I got this e-mail today, from a campus minister at a large university: We have a big Nursing program here and I was recently asked by one of the professors to do a blessing over the cadaver they will be using this semester.  I was wondering: is there any [Read More…]

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The Christmas message from Newtown’s pastor

Msgr. Robert Weiss published the following in his parish bulletin this week: Dear Parishioners, Had I written my Christmas message a couple of weeks ago as I had planned, it would have had a far different tone than this message. We have not only witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in the world, but we [Read More…]

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Pray for this priest…

You’ve seen his picture, the young man in the middle shown here, next to Newtown’s Msgr. Weiss.  Now, hear his story: (H/T Mark Shea and Tom Crowe) The following comes from the priest’s sister: My friends, All of you, I am sure, have heard so much about the tragedy in Newtown, CT. Many of you [Read More…]

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Encore: bishops plan second Fortnight for Freedom for 2013

Don’t throw away those foam fingers yet.  From the USCCB website:  The U.S. Catholic bishops have launched a pastoral strategy addressing critical life, marriage and religious liberty concerns. The five-part strategy or call to prayer was approved by the bishops in November and is set to begin after Christmas. The overall focus is to invite [Read More…]

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Apocalypse? Now!

Elizabeth Scalia at First Things offers some beautiful, hope-filled words of wisdom in the wake of the election: We begin, I think, by giving simple thanks to God for the election—without conditions or sly assumptions that we know anything or are somehow colluding with Providence. That sounds counterintuitive, I know, but whenever I think a [Read More…]

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From Catholic to Buddhist and back again

Some insight on prayer from author and professor Susan Stabile, and I can’t help but think some of her ideas here would not be unfamiliar to Thomas Merton: Becoming a Tibetan Buddhist nun is not a typical life choice for a child of an Italian Catholic police officer from Brooklyn, New York. Nevertheless, in February [Read More…]

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“God most provident, we join all creation in raising to you a hymn of thanksgiving…”

From the Book of Blessings, a beautiful way to begin your Thanksgiving meal: + All make the sign of the cross as the leader says: Blessed be the name of the Lord. All reply: Now and forever. One of those present reads the following Scripture text from I Cor 1:3-9 Brothers and sisters, listen to [Read More…]

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Traveling today? Pray!

It’s the busiest travel day of the year and, like a lot of people, the Deacons’ Wife and I will be on the road.  We’re flying to Maryland this afternoon.  Which means, of course, getting to the airport this morning. Below is a prayer for travelers from the Orthodox that I like a lot: Lord [Read More…]

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A Thanksgiving prayer in time of loss

From the Concord Pastor: Dear God, there’s an empty chair at our table, an ache in our hearts and tears upon our faces… We try to shield one another from our grief but we cannot hide it from you… We pray for… (name your loved one) whose presence we miss in these homecoming days… Open [Read More…]

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On the horizon: revised Liturgy of the Hours

But don’t give away your old set just yet. A new translation is years away. From Catholic News Service: Just a year after U.S. Catholics began using the new English translation of the Roman Missal at Masses, the bishops agreed Nov. 13 to have work begin on a revision of the Liturgy of the Hours. [Read More…]

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