Triduum Arrives Just in Time for a World in Need


The world needs prayer.Last year, heading into the Triduum, I had a spiritual experience that stayed around. This year, I am thinking how fortunate we are -- in the midst of so much social and political chaos -- once again within the Easter Triduum, a time of great spiritual power.Let us pray together the Office of Vespers (Evening Prayer).And here are the liturgical prayers for Good FridayThings are about to get quiet around here, for a little while. Just until the time when … [Read more...]

Missing the Advent Beauty that Used to be Catholicism – UPDATED

He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation.He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

Part of what makes Patheos so interesting is this: it's a place where you can find a progressive female Christian minister write so exquisitely about a Lutheran Advent Vespers as to make a Catholic's soul lurch in holy envy:In those soft evenings, the quiet of late December surrounded me – but my life itself was loud. I did not know how much I needed to settle for 45 minutes into song and silence and hear someone sing about the angel Gabriel and Mary. The first time I heard, "you have cast … [Read more...]