More Thoughts on “Bad Mass”

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Earlier today I linked to two posts, by Cravings author, Mary DeTurris Poust, which gave vent to frustrations felt by far too many Catholics, these days -- including me -- regarding the quality of our liturgies. Mary is craving something better, healthier.This evening, Elizabeth Husted Duffy, who shares one priest with three parishes, looks at what it means to be a healthy parish:Our new priest’s schedule is brutal. On Saturdays, he says the vigil Mass at one church at 4, followed by a S … [Read more...]

Francis, Mary De Turris Poust, the Word and Trust – UPDATED

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The weekend was busy and I was offline for most of it, so I came late to Mary DeTurris Poust's most excellent rant on the state of homilies and parish liturgies in general but when I read it, I cheered. I completely understood where she was coming from, because so often I've gone to mass half-dragging my feet, dreading the sort of (can I say this?) half-assed manner in which so many parishes serve it. And I don't mean "serve it" as entertainment for the rest of us but serve as in service: as in … [Read more...]

Cravings: New Personal Perspectives for a New Year

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I have been waiting for a long time for the release of Mary DeTurris Poust's latest book, Cravings: A Catholic Wrestles with Food, Self-Image and God, and here it finally is:Before I had read a word about the book a glimpse of the cover spelled out a central aspect of its message: we see a luscious berry, so overripe it's almost bursting; you want to just grab it and indulge in it, but note the thorns that warn against mindless excess. It brilliantly conveys the essential message of the … [Read more...]


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