San Francisco’s Unwashed “Masses”: Better Safe Than Soggy

Is there anyone else out there who is troubled by all the finger-wagging over the San Francisco Cathedral's sprinkler system?I mean, we LOVE the poor.  We should reach out and help them.  The social doctrine of the Catholic Church, as I mentioned in my post earlier this week, speaks often about the Preferential Option for the Poor.   Jesus loved the poor, fed them (like the crowds gathered on the hillside near Bethsaida in Galilee), healed them (like the ten lepers), urged his followers to he … [Read more...]

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Handshakes, High Fives, Hugs and Kisses: The Sign of Peace, What It Means and Why It Sometimes Doesn’t Work

At one church in our archdiocese, the Sign of Peace is offered enthusiastically. Clandestine handshakes give way to effluous hugs, cheeky kisses, whispered greetings. Worshippers reach out, grasping one another's hands during the Our Father. United in joy and praise, they raise their clasped hands high as they say, “For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever.” These faithful Catholics welcome the opportunity to celebrate their unity and enjoy the casual friendships that a … [Read more...]

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Saw You at Church Today! Now C’mon Back, You Hear?

Hello, old friend!Gosh, it was so great to see you this morning! It seems there was snow on the ground the last time we happened to meet, squeezed together in a pew then, too, just as today. Last time, we sang Christmas hymns together; today, we sang of the Lord’s victory over the Cross.I know, things are a little confusing. The words have changed—not a lot, just a little bit, but it was sometimes hard for you to follow along. Don’t worry about it, though. Why, just last week I myself … [Read more...]

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