I want to ramble a bit on the Lectionary and then pose a question I hope our readers can answer.  I have not done this in a while (for the last times I can recall, see here and here), but I have started serving as a lector again, and this leads me to read the text much more closely than usual.  I was a lector this past Sunday (July 8), and I was assigned the second reading:  2 Cor 12:7-10. … Read more

Vox Nova is pleased to present a guest post by Fr. Michael Najim, Pastor of St. Pius X parish in Westerly, Rhode Island.  This is the text of the homily he gave at mass on  Sunday, June 24, the Feast of the Nativity of John the Baptist.  The role of the Biblical prophets was not simply to predict what God would do in the future; the role of the Biblical prophets was also to disturb people by calling out sin… Read more

While Patheos pays its bloggers for the traffic they generate, the contributors to Vox Nova have agreed that we will continue to be a non-profit blog.  Therefore, all of our royalties (such as they are) are donated to charity. For this iteration, we have agreed to donate our royalties to Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley (Texas), to support their work with undocumented immigrants and refugees. From the statement of Pope Francis for the 104th Annual World Day of… Read more

Since Dylann Storm Roof attacked the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston in 2015, the question of the Confederate flag and Confederate monuments has been a national topic of discussion.   These had been an issue for African-Americans for much longer:  for instance, the NAACP had boycotted South Carolina from 2000 to 2015 because of its refusal to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol.  It began flying over the capitol in 1962 as a symbol of resistance… Read more

I want to share with you a story I recently heard from my brothers.  It is not factual, as I shall explain, but there is a core of truth that I want to reflect on and that I invite you to reflect on as well.   It highlights a fundamental change in the Church since Vatican II, one which we sometimes forget about. A few weeks ago my Uncle Bill (William Hasseler) died; he was my Mom’s younger brother.    I… Read more

This post goes out to our long time follower and commentator Agellius, as it was sparked in part by a disagreement we have had over the years about the role and impact of the changes wrought by Vatican II.  Agellius, I am sure you will not agree with what I wrote, but I hope you find the passage quoted below worth thinking about. At some point I picked up a copy of Fr. Raymond E. Brown’s book, The Churches the… Read more

Vox Nova is pleased to present the following guest post by Lillian Vogl. What does it mean to be “centrist”? It alludes to being in the center of a political map, but to understand what that means we need to agree on the map. The most traditional political distinction is between “right” and “left,” a one-dimensional spectrum that could place anyone who doesn’t fit comfortably near one of the poles as being “centrist.” The problem with this conception is that… Read more

With every ritual post-shooting “national discussion,” I grow more weary of saying the same things, and wary of suggesting that anything may be different this time.  We seem every time to be stuck in a vicious cycle in which public horrors provoke much noise and little action (legislatively or otherwise), having accepted these periodic and increasingly frequent tragedies as the cost of what we think is freedom.  At the same time, it’s becoming increasingly hard to deny that we have… Read more

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