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Kneeling at My First Mass

June 21, AD 2017 9 Comments
Kneeling at My First Mass

By guest writer Tasman Westbury. In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth. – Philippians 2:10 I was raised in the Uniting Church, but never truly grasped any of its teachings, and spent several years as an atheist before a series of […]

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

April 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was prefigured in the sacrifices of the Old Testament, which had polyvalent significance. Animal and plant sacrifices were used to atone for sins, offer thanksgiving and worship to God, and seal covenants, entering into communion with the Almighty.1 The Mass, as the true sacrifice of Calvary, is the fulfillment […]

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What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

March 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

Ash Wednesday is a fairly busy day in many places. People cram into churches and receive ashes in the form of a cross (or a big blob, depending on who is distributing them) on their foreheads. Many churches offer small midday services with readings from Scripture and a distribution of ashes for people who cannot […]

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A Journey Home

February 22, AD 2017 4 Comments
A Journey Home

By guest writer Louis Felix Figueroa. My body was strung out on the couch and pain filled every part of me. This was the changing point of my life. I had thoroughly been a product of modern society, relativistic, an adherent to indifferentism, a modernist in many respects. Many until this point had regarded me […]

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The Archived Life: On Scrapbooking, Catholic Liturgy, and Transitional Justice

February 10, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Archived Life: On Scrapbooking, Catholic Liturgy, and Transitional Justice

By guest writer Melvyn Foo. On all my holidays this year, my routine when I return to our accommodation is the same. I transfer the photos from my camera’s SD card to my laptop, I edit and select them, and then I upload them to Bonjournal1 and complete my travel log. In the course of this […]

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Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

November 2, AD 2016 10 Comments
Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into […]

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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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Neither Worthy nor Worthless

September 30, AD 2016 1 Comment
Neither Worthy nor Worthless

The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. —Exodus 14:14 And Jesus went with them, but when he was only a short distance from the house, the centurion sent friends to tell him, “Lord, do not trouble yourself, for I am not worthy to have you enter under my roof. Therefore, […]

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Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

June 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

For much of my life, I did not think that the Liturgy of the Word was that important. The Scripture readings felt like a warm-up, a time to mentally prepare myself for the rest of Mass. Since the Gospel speaks about Jesus, and was always far more interesting—and easy to understand—than any exhortation from Deuteronomy […]

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What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

One’s perception of reality has an immense effect on one’s life. It is through this lens that one finds his or her identity, interacts with others, and, overall, comes into contact with the reality that one perceives. We could accurately diagnose many of the worlds problems today as stemming from incorrect notions or perceptions of […]

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Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

March 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

The celebration of Holy Week can do amazing things to prepare our souls for the grace and celebration of Easter Sunday.

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Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

January 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

When I imagine liturgists, this is what comes to mind: Inculturation, the adaptation of liturgical texts, languages, rites, and, most especially, of music, to respect or reflect the sensibilities of various peoples, while certainly a watchword in the postconciliar Church, has been a reality from the very beginning of Christian history. At some point in the […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

November 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

We recently took our 1½-year-old daughter to Mass in a nearby convent and were asked… to leave. Of course, the kind sister asked in a polite way. She walked to the back of the chapel, where I was struggling to entertain our active toddler and said, “Julie, would you mind stepping out with her for […]

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Dante’s and Boccaccio’s Contrasting Worldviews Expressed though Song

November 13, AD 2015 1 Comment
Dante’s and Boccaccio’s Contrasting Worldviews Expressed though Song

Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy and Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron are two monumental works of the late Middle Ages. The Purgatorio from the Divine Comedy explores the proper relationship between God and man and how this can be perverted by sin. The Decameron on the other hand is a work that explores the human relationships among people […]

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